Libertarian Party

We must pay better attention to our part-time legislature

The 1970s pop management guide, “The Peter Principle,” outlined an organization maneuver known so charmingly as the Lateral Arabesque, wherein an annoying and marginalized entity is shifted to another department that sounds serious but has no power.

Here in Virginia, the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House did such a maneuver in a bare 90 minutes with the Governor’s Special Session of the General Assembly. The same cast of characters, still in power on Nov. 18, will then do something or nothing with the committee’s recommendations on gun safety proposals, including their own, before they adjourn for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Those elected or...