Virginia has produced some of the finest statesmen America has ever known. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Mason. They held a firm belief in rights of the citizens to choose their own government. However, Virginia has always had a tough time living up to that philosophy. At one point the commonwealth had one of the lowest voter participation rates in the nation. Mind you, things have changed a lot since then, but that tendency to try and keep the average voter away from the polls is still there. It’s almost as if, deep down, our elected officials really don’t trust us that much.