The man who attempted to arm the state of Virginia with the ability to criminalize certain sexual acts between two consenting adults (i.e., Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli) “attacked” President Obama’s (nay, Americas!) Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a “full-throated blast” during the weekly Republican address, calling the ACA an example of big government. Did I also mention that the anti-big government Cuccinelli has also attempted to change Virginia’s divorce laws?
In his address, the attorney general stated, “Let me be plain, the law that carries the president’s name is the hallmark of a reckless federal government that has lost its way.” So, in essence, a law that seeks to allow millions of Americans affordable health care is a “reckless federal government” initiative. I have a solution, let’s shut down the government!
Indeed, instead of discussing ways to legislate towards the elimination of the ACA, Cuccinelli and his band of mindless firebrands (aka, the tea party) decided that shutting the government down was the best route to take, thereby abdicating their responsibility to actually govern. How will Cuccinelli decide to handle the next budget debate, by sending the country into default? A brilliant strategy that present and future generations will certainly hold him in high regard for.
For all of Cuccinelli’s talk about the federal government “eating away at our liberty and crushing opportunity,” the greatest tyrant/bully that has been installed in Virginia’s government over the past four years has been Cuccinelli himself. Cuccinelli has unceasingly attempted to promote his own social agenda against the wishes of many Virginians on a host of issues (e.g., abortion, contraception, the science of man-made global warming). That doesn’t seem very “hands off” to me.
The primary faux pas directed against Cuccinelli and the tea party is their unwillingness to play by the rules that everyone else has to play by or shrugging off their responsibilities to govern when they don’t get their way. If they cannot win by the traditional means of legislating, they won’t legislate.
Cuccinelli may not like the ACA, but there are responsible ways to deal with derailing this legislation. The responsible ways are, however, not the easy ways and don’t therefore appeal to Cuccinelli. But Virginia needs a leader and not a kamikaze who is more inclined to send the state over the proverbial cliff than to let cooler heads prevail and live to see another day. That’s a big part of what governing is, and that’s a reason why Cuccinelli should NOT be Virginia’s next governor.