It’s unheard of in these modern times for states to add new territories of land to their governance. But for the state of West Virginia, that may be exactly what is about to happen, much to the dismay of Governor Northam of the neighboring state of Virginia.
In case you are unaware, Governor Northam, with the help of other Virginia Democrats have just called for the most liberal gun-control laws the state and the nation have ever seen. As a result, he has some not so happy constituents, many of whom are planning a march on Capitol Square in Richmond on January 20, 2020. And let’s just say it won’t be a small gathering in protest.
Tens of thousands, many from out of state, are joining his constituents to make their intentions of not having their Second Amendment rights trampled on known. Needless to say, the governor is a bit worried. In fact, I’d call it freaking out.
I mean, he just called for a ‘state of emergency’ around the capitol. This basically means that anyone arriving into the surrounding Capitol Square area will be banned from bringing any sort of weapons with them, including the firearms they are fighting to keep and even helmets and shields.
But now Northam has something else to worry about: the loss of much-needed constituents and congressional seats, as many will have the ability to consider trading in their state name.
And while it might seem a tad ludicrous to some, it is, in fact, a very real possibility.
The state government in Charleston, West Virginia, has even already introduced legislation on the matter.
The legislation reads, “Whereas, Article VI, Section 11 of The Constitution of the State of West Virginia explicitly permits additional territory to be admitted into, and become a part of this state, with the consent of the Legislature and a majority of the qualified voters of the state.”
Therefore the state is offering an open invitation “to our fellow Virginians who wish to do so, to join us in our noble experiment of 156 years of separation from the government at Richmond; and we extend an invitation to any constituent county or city of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be admitted to the body politic of the State of West Virginia, under the conditions set forth in our state Constitution.”
Naturally, there would have to be a process of sorts for this to actually happen, as Breitbart has pointed out.
Firstly, both houses of the West Virginian legislature would have to approve of the offer. Then the proposal would be sent and the special elections would have to be held in the Second Amendment sanctuary counties or cities that are interested. A majority of the constituents there would have to vote for the move.
This ruling would then have to go back to West Virginia so that voters there could consider the matter. If they agree that said counties can become a part of their state, then it can become official, and the maps redrawn.
So it is indeed very possible. And for some counties more so than others.
Fredrick County, for example, which lies at the northern tip of the both states’ borders and shares West Virginia’s pro-Second Amendment ideals, has already had a resolution passed in the West Virginia Senate to join the state. And Republican Senator Charles Trump, who sponsored the resolution, says this is not the first time Fredrick County has had such an offer.
He said, “As I read through some of the materials from the records – from the convention in 1862 that – there was an expressed invitation to Fredrick County.”
Now that the bill has passed the Senate, it moves on to the House of Delegates. And as mentioned above, if it passes there, on to the constituents of Fredrick County, Virginia.
In the next few weeks and months, we could see a complete restructuring of the two states if Northam doesn’t back down and listen to his citizens. And I doubt he will look forward to that, after all, he would cost his government a great deal of power.
And we all know that that’s what these crazy liberals thrive on.