I understand there is a petition floating around to impeach Phyllis Randall.
Well, point me to it so I can sign up. The ever growing sense entitlement this woman has exhibited, since voting herself a huge salary increase, has been stunning. Not being satisfied with the restrictions mandated by Gov. Ralph Northam (D) in response to the Wuhan Virus, Randall determined to go further, based on flawed data (did we ever need to set up hospital space in the National Conference Center?), she enforced demands ensuring that many local businesses were driven into bankruptcy, thousands were left unemployed, education was interrupted, and basic rights of citizens were attacked. Smug county employees, including Randall, happily kept receiving their paychecks.
For the past several weeks Loudoun citizens negatively affected by her shutdown have been holding peaceful protests each Friday morning in front of the government center. Displaying signs describing effects of the shutdown and encouraging drivers supporting attempts to reopen Loudoun to honk their horns, they were met with some disdain. County employees crossing to pick up take-out lunches were reminiscent of “scabs” crossing a picket line. Randall herself, based on her new sense of entitlement, actually had an armed sheriff's deputy escort her to the sidewalk mailbox last week!
Recently the protest was interrupted by two Leesburg police cars and a half dozen police sent to shut down the protest group, which had received an open-ended permit. We were told that we could not use music. Leaders then invited protesters to use the microphone to share their stories ... of unemployment, of coming from communist countries, of having to endure internment camps to get here. We were told, no microphone and no loud speakers! This is what real First Amendment suppression looks like, people!
Unlike other “peaceful” protests, these police officers were treated with courtesy not violence. But, while protesters continued circling the block blowing their car horns, a naturalized citizen from Vietnam schooled these officers on why she was there, what she had gone through to get here and why she was determined to continue protesting. She introduced her young sons and tearfully told the police that this action was a horrible lesson on suppression that she never thought her boys would ever need to see.
After apparently having a conversation with people in the center, we were once again permitted to use the music, use the microphone and encourage cars to honk. We will be back next Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. We will not be silenced, we will not shut up and we will do whatever it takes to protect the Constitution of the United States.