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OPINION

Is Virginia Rising A Harbinger Of Good Things To Come?

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I think we can all agree that it’s been a rough past 12 months? A year ago on election day, Donald Trump supporters went to bed with solid leads in key states, hopeful of another presidential victory that would have somewhat held the leftist tide at bay for four more years. We woke up only to watch those leads slip away in a tsunami of mail-in ballots and suspicious vote counts in just enough places to deliver a ‘victory’ to Joe Biden. A few months later, the unfortunate events of January 6 - one day after Democrats took back the Senate with two wins in Georgia that should never have happened - gave Democrats the narrative and talking points they needed to permanently brand Trump supporters as “insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists,” and off we went.

Biden was sworn in, and the government of Covidstan - begun under Trump - continued to sink its evil tentacles into every aspect of American life. ‘Wear a mask for 100 days’ became ‘let’s forcibly muzzle kids forever’ because of a virus that barely affects them. Endless car lines at vaccination sites followed by a brief return to ‘normalcy’ when the Covid vaccines seemed to be working soon turned into so much ‘leakage’ that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) was again recommending masks even as they continued to double-down on their failed shots. When demand for the jabs predictably plummeted, the powers-that-be resorted to bullying and coercion.

When Dr. Fauci - and all the rest of them - lied, people died, and they continue to do so. Now, countless kids from 5 years of age on up will be subjected to these experimental shots, their parents, driven insane by media-induced fear, more than content to play Russian roulette with the lives of their own offspring. Add to the mix soon-to-be runaway inflation, supply-chain issues, a government-induced labor shortage, skyrocketing gas prices, and growing consensus that a national split may be the best way to go, and you’ve arguably got as volatile a time in America as has existed since the Civil War or at least the turbulence of the 60s.

The vast majority of the disastrous past 12 months arguably wouldn’t have happened, however, had Republicans managed to win the election in November 2020 (Say what you want about who ‘won.’ All of us know who’s sitting in the Oval Office now, and it’s not Donald Trump). No, things wouldn’t have been perfect, but we certainly wouldn’t be looking at legit Banana Republic status less than a year in. Republicans have lost elections before, but none so big as 2020.

Which makes tomorrow, November 2, 2021, a VERY big day. Because tomorrow, Lord willing, is the day that conservatives begin to take their country back. Now clearly, it's not over 'till it's over, and even so, repeatedly voting Rs into office over Ds isn’t enough to accomplish what is desperately needed. “If we just elect Republicans to national office,” we’re told, “things will change.” But they rarely do, not for long anyway and not in any meaningful way. 

For the first time in a long time, I’m hopeful that real, lasting change could be on the horizon. In 2009, less than a year after former President Barack Obama assumed office, Republican Bob McDonnell broke a string of two consecutive Democratic governorships in Virginia. In hindsight, that victory was a harbinger of things to come, with Republicans surging to take back the House of Representatives in 2010 and the U.S. Senate in 2014. Those events stopped the Obama agenda in its tracks, mitigating the carnage that would have ensued had the former president had overwhelming Congressional majorities his entire term. But still, the leftist train kept rolling along, happy to bide its time and pick up steam wherever and whenever it could.

But somehow, this feels different. With Biden’s approval ratings even in mainstream polls sinking like a rock and parents in Virginia fighting mad about keeping their kids from being brainwashed with nonsensical leftist ideas like CRT and gender theory, the sea change that’s hopefully about to happen isn’t just at the gubernatorial level. This time, what used to be mundane, boring choices - like school boards - have become vitally important. And, perhaps in many cases for the first time in their lives, parents are paying attention.

If Republican Glenn Youngkin can pull off a victory against slimy sleazeball Terry McAuliffe tomorrow, or even if he keeps it super close, every sane political observer predicts the result won’t bode well for Democrats’ chances in 2022. The better news for conservatives this time around, however, is that these ominous portents for Dems won't just translate to a GOP House takeover, but also to countless local and state elections, including and especially school boards. If we want to stop Covidstan in its tracks short of an all-out national separation, this is how it could happen.

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