Newt Gingrich: Virginia governor race pits Youngkin’s parents against McAuliffe’s union bosses
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The Virginia governor’s race could become an argument with a clear choice that has real implications for campaigns across the country in 2022.
Tuesday night’s debate clarified the dramatic rift between Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe. It’s clear that Youngkin supports parents who care about their children’s education, and McAuliffe stands with union bosses who want full control over our lives.
During the debate, McAuliffe did what could be an election collapse mistake. He spoke honestly about the degree to which he would exclude parents from their children’s education.
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Consider this exchange:
Republican Youngkin: âI believe parents should be in charge of their children’s education.
Democrat McAuliffe: “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.”
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The following night on FOX News Channel’s âThe Ingraham Angle,â Youngkin explained the difference between him and McAuliffe:
“[McAuliffe] believes that the government and politicians know better than parents about our children. He wants to exclude parents from the education of our childrenâ¦ Parents in Virginie have been defending their children’s rights for 20 months, fighting against school boards which are trying to impose all kinds of things on them.
âThey demanded that the schools be opened, and what you saw last night was … [McAuliffe] don’t care what they think. He wants to dictate what they learn, he wants to teach our children to think and he wants to excuse parents for all of this. “
The simple fact is that former Governor McAuliffe depends on union bosses to fund his campaign and provide workers for the participation effort. McAuliffe received $ 525,000 from the National Education Association and $ 425,000 from the American Federation of Teachers. This $ 950,000 from union bosses largely explains McAuliffe’s contempt for parents.
You can better understand McAuliffe’s drive to get rid of Virginia’s right to work law when you learn that the Service Employee International Union has donated $ 689,167 to his campaign. McAuliffe’s conversion to big government socialism and radical politics also earned him $ 1.75 million from Independence USA PAC (Mike Bloomberg’s PAC) and $ 250,000 from George Soros personally. It’s not until the end of September, so McAuliffe’s anti-parent, pro-union stance will likely earn even more money for her campaign in October as she desperately tries to grab the governorship.
McAuliffe’s open disregard for parents and submission to unions could cost him the election.
However, McAuliffe’s open disregard for parents and submission to unions could cost him the election. After all, there was a recent rally of over 1,000 people in Loudoun County, Va. Who were angry at the left-wing radicalism being taught in their schools. Parents of students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, Va., Are outraged that school officials are “purging” Asian students to meet revival quotas.
In fact, citizens across the country, from all backgrounds, are unhappy that left-wing radicalism is taking hold in schools as standards are lowered – if not abolished in the case of Oregon.
Virginians have always taken pride in their education system and appreciated that their children and grandchildren received a good education. They see unions undermining this tradition and crippling the future of their children.
When McAuliffe crystallized the rift between parents and union bosses in the debate on Tuesday, it may have been the turning point of the campaign. If Youngkin pushes the issue relentlessly for the next month, McAuliffe could be permanently branded as a socialist candidate for the big government controlled by the union boss – and therefore unacceptable to most Virginians.
This kind of watershed moment is nothing new for Democrats. Consider the following examples:
In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate Senator George McGovern announced that he was “1000% behind” his running mate, Senator Tom Eagleton (who admitted after accepting the nomination that he had received electroconvulsive treatment for depression). A week later, he dumped Eagleton. He lost in a landslide.
In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale proudly announced in his acceptance speech that he would raise our taxes. His support collapsed and he never recovered. President Ronald Reagan happily contrasted his tax cuts with Mondale’s tax increases. The result was a landslide.
In 2004, Senator John Kerry was filmed windsurfing in Nantucket dressed in fancy attire. It convinced voters across the country that he was truly an elitist out of touch with normal Americans. A few weeks later, he loses.
In 2016, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called most Republican voters âdeplorable,â setting fire to Donald Trump’s voter base. A month later, in a shocking upheaval, she lost.
McAuliffe’s statement that “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach,” could join this list of campaign-threatening mistakes.
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If McAuliffe loses, it will be a real warning to Democrats across the country that the awakened values ââand policies of big government socialists may not be sustainable – even with massive funding from unions and billionaires.
Last Tuesday evening, the Virginia governor’s race took on a whole new meaning as a national barometer.
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