Why I’m a reluctant voter Terry McAuliffe


I will be voting for Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia on Tuesday. I really hope he loses.

And no, I’m not crazy; my head and my heart don’t agree.

The best thing about the Democrat, the only good thing I know, is that he is not a threat to our democratic republic. He will be elected, he will do the liberal things that even moderate Democrats do these days, and then he will step down. Someone else will have a chance to fix McAuliffe’s mistakes.

I’m not so sure about Glenn Youngkin.

Youngkin has flirted with Trumpism, for too long play shy to find out if he thinks the 2020 election was stolen.

Republicans are dangerous for democracy

If he wins, it will reinvigorate the Trump wing of the Republican Party, and I know they would want nothing more than to demolish our democracy. If Republicans return to power in Congress next year, I fear the 2024 presidential election will be a disaster for our nation.

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Either way, Republicans can’t get my vote while insisting that Joe Biden stole the election from Donald Trump despite all the evidence. My head is with the Democrats, but my heart is with Youngkin and the Republicans.

Progressives push too far

I look forward to delivering a message to the progressives who have grown up to dominate the Democratic Party: You won’t be able to hold on to power, not for long.

If Youngkin wins, it will be a dagger in the hearts of progressives, and I will cheer him on. Here are four reasons:

â–ºUncontrollable spending. Between a bipartite infrastructure bill of $ 1 trillion and the latest $ 1.75 trillion “Build Better” Social Spending Bill, we will be in debt another 3 trillion dollars without any emergency justification related to COVID-19. And that’s if you believe all the budget gadgets in Biden’s signature domestic policy plan. Whatever the cost, it is not zero as the administration claims.

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â–ºChaos at the border. During bowing to Hispanic voters, Biden gave the impression that he was going to abandon all of the Trump administration’s petty policies, moving closer to the “open borders” ideology of extreme progressive Democrats. The result was a record flood migrants who took Biden at his word. We’re not even close to fixing the problem.

â–ºThe extremism of abortion. Despite all the accusations that Republicans are extreme, it is Democrats who support abortion laws that allow third trimester abortion for any reason, an abomination that most Americans have always rejected.

â–ºFund the police. The dumbest idea in American politics came almost exactly when police were needed most – with a record increase in murders in 2020, a trend that has not stopped in 2021. We need police accountability, but we also need more police. Even black voters, who know most intimately the problem of racism in the American police force, want more spending on the police.

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â–ºCritical theory of race. It’s a big debate in Virginia, but ideas are seeping into public education across the country. Some still deny that these ideas are in our schools, but the point is that Virginia created a plan for the search for racial “fairness” in his schools and took key definitions of cathode ray tube suppliers. I am concerned that we are abandoning the goal of a color blind society and the Democrats leading the way.

My head knows that Republicans are a threat to our democracy, without which we cannot solve our problems, but my heart understands that Democrats make our problems worse.

For now, Democrats have my vote, but pulling the lever for them breaks my heart.

David Mastio is Opinion Writer for USA TODAY.


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