Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin is the rarest of politicians. One who keeps his campaign promises. From ending the mask mandates to banning Critical Race Theory in schools, the governor has transformed his campaign promises into actual policy in just a few short months. Another campaign promise that looks to be fulfilled is his focus on election integrity.
A bill has passed both the senate and the house in Virginia prohibiting state offices and officials from using money or grants from private individuals or corporations to exercise their election duties. This bill is a response to the revelations that much money, most notably from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (don’t support the silly rebranding to Meta) to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars had an undue influence on elections across the nation.
Enforcing election finance laws is like what happens in the drug trade. Officials pass laws and enforcement measures that the criminals then figure out creative ways to get around those laws, then the establishment reacts with new laws and the process repeats itself. It is not just limited to election integrity. Politics as a whole has all sorts of visible graft and corruption, from the accepted insider trading that happens in congress, to the Clinton Foundation, to this guy:
The “Universal Truth” is that politics is a game of corruption, always. The key is for societies to keep the level of graft low enough so that the people still believe in the system that governs them. When the citizens start to feel as if they are disconnected from those who rule, then the social contract starts to break down.
You know that the current White House does not understand that because they keep saying things like this:
Luckily for the people of Virginia, even though Governor Youngkin is worth millions of dollars, he remembers the promises he made to the commonwealth’s citizens and they are thankful for it. Here is to hope that more promises, like the election integrity law, will be kept.