Nullifying the Will of the People

Last night, something very troubling happened in America.  The President was forced to relieve Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing her duty to defend the administration's immigration order.  The President had no choice.  While this is an uncomfortable time for many Americans, he did the absolute right thing.  An attorney general who refuses to defend the law threatens the rule of law for everyone - regardless of political persuasion.  

Consider these facts.  The Department of Justice's experts in the Office of Legal Counsel determined that the President's order was a lawful exercise of his authority to ensure the safety of all Americans.  But Yates had personal doubts that the order was "wise and just," so she forbade the DOJ from defending the order in court until she was "convinced" that the President's order was the best policy.  But it's not an Attorney General's job to cherry-pick their favorite laws to defend or decide the best policy.  That is the job of the people, through their elected representatives.  

Condoning her action would be an invitation to nullify the will of the people.  We have seen this in Virginia repeatedly from Mark Herring; his usurpations cover many areas: right to work, voter ID, marriage, the Second Amendment, and education.  That is why I am in this race.  The rule of law and government of, by, and for the people requires that those who enforce the law respect the will of the people.  We need more people like new Acting Attorney General Dana Boente, a great prosecutor and a good man with whom I have had the privilege of serving as a federal prosecutor, who has promised to “defend and enforce the laws of our country.”