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This first Tuesday of November is an “election day.” While there are not any major elections within the State of Alabama, except for perhaps a mayoral election somewhere, nationwide there are bigger elections happening in other states, and the most watched election of this campaign season is the election for the position of the governor for the State of Virginia.
The current governor of Virginia is Democrat Ralph Northam, who was elected in 2018. Northam replaced former governor and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who held the office from 2014 to 2018. While there have been both Republican and Democratic governors of Virginia; as well as Whigs, Federalists and Democratic Republicans; Virginia has had Democrats in power for most of the last century.
However, the Democrats of the current era do not embrace the Democrats of old, and vice versa, the Democrats of old would not embrace modern Democrats. The modern Democrats seem to have chosen to challenge each other to see who can be the most liberal of all, and this has created grounds for concern for the everyday Virginian to rethink their allegiance to the Democratic brand.
Politicians everywhere are watching this election to gauge what they should expect from the voting public in the upcoming 2022 congressional elections and the 2024 presidential election. Democrats of course are hoping to maintain a majority in the House of Representatives and tip the 50/50 balance in the U.S. Senate.
Republicans are obviously betting on the opposite. With this, the end of the tenth month of a Biden presidency, and a discontent voting populace, many believe that whichever way Virginia votes this year is how Congress will go next year, and then most likely the 2024 presidential election.
Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe was, until recently, considered to be a shoe-in, until he publicly insisted that parents should have no role in directing the education of their children and then later doubled down in a subsequent media interview. This statement followed the exposing of a cover-up of the raping of a female classmate in the girls’ bathroom of a Louden County high school by a gender fluid male wearing a skirt. With these two recent issues, the parents of students enrolled into the Virginia school systems have said that enough is enough, and thus Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin has taken the lead in recent polls.
By the time this column is published in “The Coosa County News” on Friday the fifth of November, the Virginia election “should” be settled, and we the people of the rest of the United States should be able to better gauge whether as a whole, do we approve of the extreme liberal leanings of the Democratic Party, or have they pushed too far, and need to be reigned in by being voted out of high office and replaced with more competent politicians with a better feel for what the everyday citizen actually wants from their government?
The flag can blow either way, but Libertarians everywhere would prefer politicians who actually obey their Oath of Office to uphold our United States Constitution and embrace the ideals of our founding fathers, who championed liberty, freedom and individual responsibility.