It is quite fitting that the voters elected Glenn Youngkin as Governor of Virginia the same night the Atlanta Braves won the World Series.
Youngkin focused largely on public schools in his campaign, with parents outraged by left-wing curricula. His victory over the democrat Terry McAuliffe can be seen as a triumph over the awakened revolution.
The Braves, meanwhile, got the last laugh about Major League Baseball after league officials replaced their home stadium as the All-Star Game venue due to the liberal fury over Georgia’s Electoral Integrity Act.
While other issues were certainly at stake, Youngkin’s campaign really caught fire when it tapped into sentiments – particularly in vote-rich Northern Virginia – that government at all levels isn’t listening to the people.
The seeds were planted when Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, closed schools in Virginia during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the students had to learn remotely on home computers and the parents were able to hear what was being taught for the first time. Schools imposed critical race theory, gender identity ideology, and similar arguments on children.
liberal commentators, And McAuliffe himself, insisted that no such thing was happening, in the sense that they were accusing the parents of hallucinating. But parents flooded the school board meetings and told their own stories about white children who were ashamed of their skin color and minority students who were told they had no chance of success for the same reason.
Other incidents soon entered the scene. Parents were upset about schools offering graphics, pornographic material (in the name of, what, diversity?) to students in libraries and classrooms.
In the most horrifying revelation, Loudoun County school officials covered up a sexual assault in a high school allegedly committed by a teenager who had already been accused of sexual assault months earlier in another high school restroom.
The student recently condemned of the previous assault, is described as “gender fluid,” leaving many parents to believe that the Loudoun County school system has kept calm to avoid offending the sensitivity of social justice activists.
Incredibly, the United States Department of Justice entered the fray, issuing a memorandum by Attorney General Merrick Garland who labeled parents who protested policies at school board meetings as domestic criminals and terrorists.
In the midst of all of this, McAuliffe committed what could be considered the biggest debate mistake in the history of government strife in any state. when he said: “I don’t think parents should tell schools what they should teach.”
Youngkin did not shy away from the opportunity and leaned on the controversy. McAuliffe, meanwhile, stubbornly held his position as long as he claimed to be out of context.
But the damage was already done, and the course of the elections was irrevocably reversed. Youngkin’s win is notable, as Virginia opted for Joe Biden in 2020 by 10 points and Republicans haven’t won a statewide race in 12 years.
The Virginia election results are a repudiation of liberal excess: on awakened school policies, mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and a variety of other government transgressions that McAuliffe has advocated and Youngkin opposed.
At the center of every discussion on Election Night 2021 is also the current tenant of the White House. Biden’s growing popularity, even in Virginia, which is reluctantly recognized by McAuliffe.
In NBC news poll Taken shortly before the election, it showed voter views are markedly opposed to Biden and his party on border security, inflation, crime, national security, economics, and outcomes.
And that discontent doesn’t stop at the edges of the Old Dominion.
In a renunciation of the “defund the police” movement, election night saw voters reject a proposal to dissolve and transform the police department into Minneapolis, the epicenter of the revolt that spread across the country following the death of resident George Floyd in police custody.
The Socialist candidate for mayor of Buffalo, New York, who had won the Democratic nomination, apparently he was beaten from a campaign written by the incumbent who eliminated the primaries.
And while, as we write, he seems to be holding on to a victory of measure, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, got the scare of his career in an even bluer state than Virginia. In challenging Murphy, Republican Jack Ciattarelli raced against mandates and for the lowest taxes, just like Youngkin.
What voters in all those places rejected was over-government at all levels: federal, state and local.
It is at this point that a national political party could take a step back and consider whether a change of direction is justified.
True to form, however, national liberals appear to be to move on with their radical spending plans. Their conclusion is that, in the face of voters’ disgust with their socialist agenda, the best solution is more socialism.
The left also appears to be taking the wrong lessons from Virginia in particular.
Jemele Hill, formerly of ESPN and now of The Atlantic, declared: “That’s not the message, folks. This country simply loves white supremacy. “
Grabbing “white supremacy” is a tough sell after Virginia voters cast Winsome Sears, a Jamaican immigrant who will become the first black woman to hold a Commonwealth state office, as their deputy governor.
It is equally difficult to explain how, if they are unrepentant racists, Virginians elected Jason Miyares, the son of Cuban immigrants, to oust the current attorney general and become the first Latino to hold a position in the whole state.
CNN commentator Van Jones was even more provocative than Hill.
“When these elections are over in Virginia, we will know we have seen the emergence of the delta variant of Trumpism,” Jones smoked. “In other words, Youngkin [is the] same disease, but it spreads much faster and can get many more places. “
For his part, McAuliffe tried hard to tie Youngkin to former President Donald Trump, focusing much of his campaign on that goal in the hopes that invoking the left’s favorite black man would inflame his base and lead him to the victory. But it did not work.
Youngkin proved that it is possible to keep Trump voters in the fold by embracing what they liked on the “America First” agenda, while also attracting independents and moderates by talking about other issues that people care about personally. McAuliffe has shown that leading an anti-Trump campaign is not a win-win for the left.
For a long time, social justice warriors have been attacking the Atlanta Braves for the team name and for having fans performing the “tomahawk chop” during games. The club has just won the World Series.
Likewise, federal, state, and local governments have told people how to live their lives and to shut up and sit down if they disagree. In response, voters also won their World Series on election day.
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