Letter: Pay attention to the promises
Wherever you walk in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you will be following in the footsteps of people who gave America the chance to be, and a Constitution that provides for a government that actually respects its people and their right to tell those who govern what they want and what they don’t want.
Since then, Virginia has done quite well for its citizens, and even when the economy is struggling overall, our people are faring better than many other states—not perfect, but also not giving up. The race for governor is beginning again, and we know there are no perfect people, but we have the duty to examine what the candidates say they want to do as governor.
What is their personal history? What does it reveal about the person’s values? Terry McAuliffe is the Democrats’ candidate and he announced that he wants to change Virginia, to make it more open and welcoming. Those words—change, open and welcoming—are red flags when spoken by a man whose actions are of the liberal left. We have to require a clear and exact definition of what he wants to change, what does he want to make more open and what and who does he intend to welcome. No questions were asked about the word change when the president used it, and now we are suffering the result of not asking. Mr. McAuliffe has been involved in too many situations regarding money and political favors, even accused by Ralph Nader of offering him money not to run in certain states that McAuliffe wanted for his candidate.
The list is long and includes his help to the Clintons at times when the scent coming from the White House was not that of roses. He has identified himself as a salesman and the goal is always to get whatever he wants. This is not what makes a good leader and never a good governor.
Virginia is historically populated by people who believe God and His directions to be vital in life, but also make room for those who may think differently. In other words, respect the Constitution and the rights it has for all of us. But when a person whose history reveals no interest in respecting the values held by many in Virginia, then why give that person an opportunity to deconstruct what has made Virginia a good place to live, work and worship? Ask and insist on a clear definition of what those words really mean and don’t be conned by any salesman.