On Saturday, Republican Glenn Youngkin was sworn in as the 74th governor of Virginia. He wasted no time jumping in on the boiling issue that propelled him into the winner’s circle over his Democrat opponent Terry McAwful in November’s gubernatorial race.
Saturday morning, Youngkin promised the people of Virginia to “restore trust in government and to restore power to the people” during a very optimistic inaugural speech that asked for bipartisanship between the two parties.
“No matter who you voted for, I pledge to be your advocate, your voice, your governor,” Youngkin said standing outside the state Capitol in Richmond.
No less than 2 hours later, the new governor started signing 9 executive orders and 2 executive directives that, among other things, banned critical race theory along with other “divisive concepts” in Virginia public schools. He rescinded Governor Northam’s vaccine mandate for all state employees and declared that parents must decide whether their own children wear masks to school.
You can read all 11 actions Governor Youngkin took on day one by clicking here.
One of the orders Youngkin signed started an investigation into “wrongdoing in Loudoun County” where it was alleged that a male student wearing a skirt sexually assaulted a female student in a school bathroom. That was the incident that enraged Virginia’s parents and the attention Youngkin gave to the issue, while the Democrat ticket tried to cover it up, is why he is now the governor following up on his pledge to have the incident investigated.
McAuliffe also did himself no favors by telling students that parents have no right to decide what gets taught to their children in public schools.
Youngkin also spoke about his pledge to cut taxes, to remove politics from the classrooms, to raise teacher and law enforcement pay, and to implement policies to boost Virginia’s economy.
While omicron is spreading throughout the country, Youngkin promised to keep children in schools, noting how important it is for children to have in-person education. He also talked about how virtual learning has taken a toll on working parents who have to find ways to make sure their children are being supervised while home learning online without them losing their jobs.
“We know that when our children don’t go to school, it harms their learning and development. So let me be clear. We must keep our children in school five days a week,” the governor said.
The last Republican to hold the governor’s seat was Bob McDonnell, who left the office in 2014.
Voters, especially parents, who live in blue states, should follow the progress of Virginia under Youngkin and his history-making Republican running mates who were also sworn in during the outdoor ceremony on Saturday. In one election, Virginia went from a state with high taxes, COVID mandates, teaching children how to be racists with critical race theory, sexual assaults in schools being covered up, and other horrible things brought to you by Democrats to a state that is hopeful again and one that will allow Virginians to prosper again where ordinary people can do extraordinary things once the government is off their backs by removing 25% of job crushing regulations and by restoring freedom and personal privacy to all state employees by getting rid of the vaccine mandate imposed by Democrats.
Keep an eye on Virginia and remind your liberal friends who live in blue states that if they just changed the way they vote, they too can be free from government tyranny once again.
Rich is a conservative, syndicated opinion writer and owner of MAGA-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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