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Virginia voters restore their state motto

By Mark Alexander
web posted November 8, 2021

On July 5, 1776, the Virginia Convention — which had adopted the state's first constitution, affirmed its delegate signatures on the Declaration of Independence, and elected Founder Patrick Henry the first governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia — authorized fellow Founder George Wythe to design the state's seal. On the front of that seal is the now-familiar Roman figure of Virtus (virtue), resting on a spear with sword in hand, treading on defeated Tyranny — a prostrate figure whose crown has fallen. In the margin of the seal below Tyranny is what would become the motto of the Commonwealth: Sic Semper Tyrannis — meaning "thus always to tyrants."

Virginia is part of the bedrock of American Liberty. It is the home state of our Declaration of Independence's principal author, Thomas Jefferson; our Constitution's principal author, James Madison; and the leader of the Continental Army and the American Revolution, our first president, George Washington.

Washington is, for all time, the model for what our national leaders should be — humbly devoted first and foremost to Liberty and those he served. To that end, in 1783, before he was called to serve as president, Washington was the subject of a conversation between American-born painter Benjamin West and King George III, whose portrait West was at the time completing. After the British defeat and surrender at Yorktown, the King asked West what General Washington planned to do after his victory. West replied, "They say he will return to his farm." In response, King George exclaimed, "If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world."

At that time, a victor held in such high esteem as Washington might have declared himself king. But Washington honored the spirit of our Declaration's affirmation of Liberty and returned to his home in Mount Vernon.

That is the context for Sic Semper Tyrannis — and indeed, that great motto was restored to its glory in Virginia's off-year election this week in a contest between the now-tyrannical socialist Democrat Party and its cadres of power-hungry leftists, and those who, like Washington before them, are devoted to the Grassroots American Patriots they represent, and who honor their oaths "to support and defend" our Constitution and the Liberty it enshrines.

This critical election was between Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the retread heir to the throne currently held by Democrat Ralph "Blackface" Northam. McAuliffe is a one-time Bill and Hillary Clinton bagman and a career political hack who served as governor from 2014 until 2018.

I spent most of the hours between poll closings in Virginia and sunrise the next morning conversing with our political analyst Douglas Andrews as the victory of Youngkin and his fellow Republicans slowly but surely availed itself. Doug covered the Virginia election outcome in detail , as he and our former Virginian editorial writer, Thomas Gallatin, have covered the election layup in recent weeks.

As a backdrop for understanding this election, Virginia, once a bastion of Liberty, has in recent decades been increasingly under the oppressive thumb of millions of federal bureaucrats who have spilled outside the Beltway into the Northern Virginia counties of Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun. While most Virginia counties are populated by majorities of conservative Americans, those three counties, and of course counties that include the urban centers of Richmond, Charlottesville, and Norfolk, have besieged the state with their leftist political sludge.

Thus, this was an election that every pundit declared would be a harbinger for Democrat Party prospects under the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris regime ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. Moreover, I believe it has significant implications for Biden's political agenda, which is already on the rocks. Previously, the main impediment to Biden's agenda was Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who stood with the Republicans in the split Senate on key issues like Biden's budget. Manchin will no doubt be more empowered to stand in that gap with the Virginia Republican win.

In the 2020 presidential contest, Biden won Virginia by a significant margin of 10 points. Thus, McAuliffe nationalized his campaign, basing it on the Biden model — adopting the Democrat Party's tried and true hate-hustling tactics of racial, ethnic, and gender division. He relied on support from Biden, Barack Obama, and other celebrated leftists, and endeavored to hang Donald Trump's endorsement around his opponent's neck. That was abundantly evident when Biden crossed the Potomac two weeks ago to campaign for McAuliffe and mentioned Trump more than he mentioned McAuliffe.

Youngkin, on the other hand, was very disciplined in his approach, keeping his focus on the people of Virginia, particularly given the explosion of parental-rights protests in Northern Virginia's Demo territory. His focus was family, faith, and freedom. And that focus was victorious.

He summed up his campaign in these words: "We won't be a commonwealth of dream-stealers. We'll be a commonwealth of dream-enablers."

Not only did Youngkin win, notably because Virginia is not among those nine states that have adopted the Democrats' bulk-mail ballot fraud strategy, but the number-two- and three-slot down-ballot victories are also significant.

Much to the surprise of the racist Democrat Party haters, Virginians elected Republican Winsome Sears, a Marine veteran mother of three, as their lieutenant governor — the first Black woman elected to statewide office in Virginia. Additionally, they elected Republican Jason Miyares, as the state's first Latino attorney general.

Memo to Kamala Harris, who also showed up to campaign for McAuliffe: This is the "diversity" America really needs!

And regarding the significance of this election, Harris declared late last month: "Every four years when this election happens ... it's a tight election, it's a close election, and it is a bellwether for what happens in the rest of the country." She concluded, "What happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024, and on." Oh, we hope so.

Notably, Kamala, Republicans also flipped the Virginia House of Delegates...

There will be months of pundit and Leftmedia post-mortem spin on this election, and the close gubernatorial election in New Jersey, which few expected would be close. The Left has already declared the results a "five alarm fire."

However, today, here are a few observations and questions we will be considering moving forward.

Democrat strategists think they own female voters (sorry, I know that is a "binary gender" assumption). They think women are emotionally incontinent dupes. But based on the number of irate moms who proved that arrogant assumption false in Virginia, Biden will have to reconsider how his national policies, like his upcoming vaxxing mandates for children, will undermine his standing with women voters.

Demo strategists think they own Black and Latino voters, but they will have to consider if Biden's "white supremacist" bogeyman and their phony "systemic racism" claims are still viable. It is becoming clear to an increasing number of moderate and independent voters that, in fact, Democrats are the architects of white supremacy.

Can they continue to promote their racist Critical Race Theory curricula across the nation and insist, as McAuliffe did, "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach"? Can they get away with bald-faced lies as McAuliffe attempted to do by declaring: "CRT is not taught in Virginia and it's never been taught in Virginia. ... It's a dog whistle. It's racial. It's division"?

Can they continue to assert, as McAuliffe did, that Republicans "are using our kids and our schools as pawns in his political game," precisely what Democrats are actually doing? Can they continue to load up children's libraries with pornography and claim, as McAuliffe did, that Republicans are "focused on banning award-winning books from our schools and silencing the voices of Black authors"?

They will have to reconsider if reliance on their Marxist so-called "Black Lives Matter" radicals and their so-called "antifa movement" of self-styled "anti-fascist" fascists is sustainable.

Can they lie, as McAuliffe laughably did, by insisting he had support from across party lines? "Tonight," he said, "I have the leading conservative in America here, Bill Kristol, who has endorsed my campaign for governor." No, Kristol isn't the "leading conservative."

Strategically, both Democrats and Republicans will have to determine the extent to which the Virginia results constitute a referendum on Youngkin and McAuliffe, and Biden and Trump.

Clearly, McAuliffe did his best to play the Trump card, even boldly telling this lie hours before the polls opened: "Guess how Glenn Youngkin is finishing his campaign. He is doing an event with Donald Trump here in Virginia." No, he wasn't.

However, in the final analysis, clearly Biden and McAuliffe underestimated the momentum of the "Let's Go Brandon" movement in Virginia. ESR

Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.

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