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Glenn Youngkin Delivers on Day One Promises in Day of Historic Firsts in Richmond

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This past Saturday was a day of historic firsts in the Old Dominion. Glenn Youngkin, a lifelong businessman, and entrepreneur was sworn in as the first Republican Governor of Virginia – and first Republican elected statewide – in over a decade. Alongside him, Winsome Sears was inaugurated as Lieutenant-Governor, as she became the first black woman to hold statewide office in Virginia. Completing the trio, Jason Miyares was sworn in as Attorney General, the son of two Cuban refugees who escaped the Castro regime; he is the first Latino to hold statewide office. Combined, these three Republicans represent the most diverse leadership team in Virginia’s history.

While that already made Youngkin’s first day historic, he also made it clear he has no intention of resting on his laurels. Within hours of assuming office, Governor Youngkin signed nine Executive Orders and two Executive Directives. These measures fulfilled or were the first step in addressing several of his “Day One” promises essential to his campaign’s success. The executive orders focused on Education, “reopening Virginia,” and a shift in pandemic response strategy. They did the following:

  1. Ban teaching “divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education,”
  2.  Repeal the mandatory mask mandate for children in schools. Parents can still choose to mask their children; however, the school cannot mandate them.
  3. Fire and replace the Parole Board of Virginia. The Board had come under fire for illegally releasing violent inmates from prison without cause and violating the right of victims’ families and prosecutors by failing to inform them of the release of violent offenders.
  4. Investigate wrongdoing by the Loudoun County School Board. The Board drew widespread scrutiny for allegedly covering up the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by a transgender student. The accused served no jail time and was transferred to another school where he molested another teenage girl.
  5. Create the position of Commonwealth Chief Transformation Officer. This officer will work to make “government work for Virginians” by identifying which parts of government aren’t functioning as effectively and efficiently as they should. Specifically, the new Officer was directed to start with the Virginia Employment Commission and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
  6. Declare Virginia “open for business.” In application, this will be a review of all COVID-19 pandemic protocols with the intent of burdensome regulations on businesses that are not doing anything in reality to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19.
  7. Focus more resources on combating and preventing human trafficking and expanding support to trafficking survivors.
  8. Establish a commission to combat antisemitism statewide.
  9. Withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The RGGI’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, yet the initiative has contributed heavily to increasing energy prices for millions of Virginians without delivering on the promised benefits.
  10. Directive #1: Cut government regulations by 25 percent.
  11. Directive #2: Rescind the vaccine mandate for all state employees.

The education-focused orders were, arguably, the most popular within the state and among Republicans and consequently the most controversial among liberals and the mainstream media. Specifically, the order banning the teaching of divisive concepts in schools, including Critical Race Theory, became a flashpoint for early opposition to the Youngkin regime.

Opposition to Critical Race Theory and related ideologies became a key issue during Youngkin’s campaign, in which he asserted that the controversial teaching approach, which teaches that the United States and its institutions are inherently racist and that students must view one another according to hierarchies of privilege, was harmful to students. Loudoun County, where Youngkin secured a higher percentage of the vote than many previous Republican statewide candidates, became ground zero last year in the national debate over

 Critical Race Theory. Youngkin promised that he would ban the teaching of the concept on “day one,” and made good on that promise by making it the very first thing he did as governor. After some pushback from the liberal media and politicians, Youngkin doubled down on the order in a Fox News appearance on Sunday, promising that “we will teach all history, the good and the bad… but to actually teach our children that one group is advantaged and the other disadvantaged because of the color of skin, cuts everything we know to be true.”

Additionally, the mask mandate repeal immediately received pushback from several Virginia School Districts. Most notably, Arlington and Fairfax County public schools announced they would disregard the Governor’s order and continue to impose mask mandates regardless of parental consent. Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki, whose kindergartener is in the Arlington school district, also criticized the governor and encouraged school districts to oppose it. Under Youngkin’s order, Psaki would be free to mask her kindergartener during school; she just wouldn’t be able to force other students to do the same. However, despite the blowback, Youngkin promised that he would “use every resource within the governor’s authority” in order to make sure that “parents’ rights are protected.”

Youngkin’s order ending vaccine requirements for government workers was also a hot topic shortly after Youngkin’s first wave of orders were announced, particularly as it went into effect the same day as neighboring DC’s mandate requiring proof of vaccination for entry into all indoor DC establishments. The directive states that vaccine requirements and mandatory testing are “harmful to [the] individual freedoms and personal privacy” of employees” – making clear where the Youngkin administration will likely continue to fall on such questions.

In short, Youngkin’s first day in office was a good one for conservatives in Virginia and all throughout the country. As the first high-profile Republican elected following President Trump’s departure in 2020, Youngkin had the opportunity to set the tone for how the party might govern without Trump in the White House. The answer, at least thus far, appears to be with a similarly firm commitment to protecting individual liberty and traditional American values. After one year under Joe Biden and unified Democratic rule, that was likely a welcome sight to many Americans – and further encouragement to return Republicans to power in Congress this fall.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture. 


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Garye
3 months ago

Hope everybody read what the Pennsylvania schoolboard member wrote just this past week, it’s a GREAT example of the elected and appointed officials and how arrogant and out of touch they are.
” I don’t work for parents” , parents don’t know what’s best for their children ”
Robinsons his name, and ALL officials, CERTAINLY ALL democrats need to be removed because of these attitudes and beliefs!

Linda Sweet
4 months ago

I’m glad that Northern Virginians didn’t get their way in our gubernatorial election. We reside presently Bon Air but will be moving to Bedford in late February, a smaller patriotic conservative town (D-Day Memorial is there) that voted overwhelmingly for Youngkin. Terry “McAwful” wasn’t a good governor the first time around, and it would be a real blessing if all Americans would think voting choices through with their brains rather than their emotions!

Richard Coy
4 months ago

That is great but what about empty shelves in grocery and ABC stores. What about having to wear masks in ABC stores and other Virginia offices?

Stephen Russell
4 months ago

Hooray VA awesome

Mario Capparuccini
4 months ago

May God open the eyes of our fellow citizens to reject the tyrants of the Democratic Party as they try to force us into dictatorship.

BlessdAmerican
4 months ago

AMEN.

Sean Richman
4 months ago

NOW,lets elect more people like them and let AMERICA prosper again,in other words,DITCH THE democRATS.

Luke
4 months ago

The civil war has officially begun between state’s rights and the fed. Virginia can look forward to an absence of federal aid on many fronts that will force this administration to compensate by raising taxes. This is what America’s civil war will look like in the foreseeable future: fraudulently-elected federal, criminally insane democrat/progressive/liberal administrations against conservative state’s rights. News media, the not-so-supreme court and what used to be The People’s House will continue to hammer conservative, Christian people until weeds grow in the streets of every major city. When American voters see another fraudulent effort from the left in 2022, they’ll know for certain what should’ve been learned in 2020: they no longer have a voice in their government.

This new Virginia administration will become one of many targets for DNC. But, I’m optimistic toward rural Virginians who will adapt to being without federal money: I would say they’re patriots but, more importantly, they’re preppers. And, they’re in every state. Bring it on! Keep your powder dry, Virginia. You’re gonna’ need it.

Bill on the Hill
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke

Luke: There be truth in the words written here…The Fed’s will continue to shoot themselves in the foot moving forward after the theft of the 2020 elections…They will continue to spend with reckless abandon on worthless ideas & keep themselves in power no matter the costs, simply look at the state of the nation, this should have already been the ” eye opener ” for all of us as a nation…
Bill… :~)

BlessdAmerican
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke

Yep. Even if not preppers, should Virgina become less dependent on federal aid, all that does is shoot the federal govt. in the foot even more. If that’s all the fed has over Virginia, then they’ll lose their leverage and Virginia will become more FREE.

Pablo Antonio Ettoya
4 months ago

Well great I guess. Only time will tell. We shall see. We have heard this kind of thing before, and then we are disappointed and the GOP tells us once again that they are fighting for us, and for liberty etc…etc and we must continue to vote for compromised Republicans because the Democratic Socialists’ are bad, terrible, disgusting, and they like having sex with chickens ad nauseum……my entire life this is all I have ever heard and I have long since stopped getting excited or feeling triumphant just because someone claiming to be a conservative wins an election,(or an “historic” election), and utters some executive decrees on inauguration day. I really hope and pray that Gov. Younkin does well. Time will tell. Talk is cheap.

Why does the writer of this article use a pen name, and why does AMAC allow the use of a pen name? Transparency and some intellectual honesty please? Is it too much to ask for things such as these. God bless this Republic and may God help us.

Morbious
4 months ago

Hey Pablo. I share your well earned scepticism. Rs come from a long pedigree of second stringers used to bench sitting. They get to dc and whatever principles they had evaporate like cool water in a mirage. Trump tried to coach them to be winners but they chose otherwise. Well soon see if youngkin perseveres and prevails. I hope so.

Joseph Heeney
4 months ago

GREAT writing . . GREAT story . .

Stephen Critchlow
4 months ago

How refreshing! Although a political neophyte, a candidate who kept his campaign promises to the
voters who elected him on Day #1 in office. Hopefully, enough voters in other states across our country
will take note of what’s now happening in VA and elect lots more conservative, common sense candidates to local, statewide, & national offices come this November. I can only hope that will most
certainly take place here in the Keystone State after 8 long years of ultra liberal Tom Wolf in our
governor’s mansion!

Alpo
4 months ago

sorry the fool voters in my state (NJ) didnt listen and learn and elected the same fool for another 4 years of stealing our money thru higher taxes such as property taxes and giving it to illegals and lazy useless people who dont want to work. WAKE UP AMERICA. biden wants the mint to start printing rubbles and pesos ? what is next comrad biden ?

Hal Lemoyne
4 months ago

????CHRISTrumpOwensYoungkin and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2020-2036 Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen????

Hal Lemoyne
4 months ago

????CHRISTrumpOwens and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2020-2036 Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen????

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
4 months ago

Sounds like what all states need. Just dont falter along the way. Kyle L.

Sharon Ormsby
4 months ago

Glad the people voted for the three of them! Grateful for all Youngkin did on Day 1! Winsome is wonderful as well! This would be a great team for the White House!

anna hubert
4 months ago

If he achieves slowly but surely all 11 points then the mantle of superman is his

Larry W.
4 months ago

I hope Americans are paying attention and can see the stark differences between conservative leadership and progressive dictatorship.

MOCountry
4 months ago
Reply to  Larry W.

Unfortunately, there’s a large segment of the country’s population who aren’t and can’t (or won’t)!

Steve
4 months ago

Go ahead RADICAL lefty lemmings, try your “RACE CARD” now!! Ahhhh ha ha ha. “Wellll, we’re waiting”.
#LetsGoBrandon
#HeelsUpHarris

Anita Wasemann
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve

Just go, Brandon.

Debbie Baack
4 months ago

Full steam ahead Governor Youngkin!! ????????

David Manley
4 months ago

Love it. It’s why the Virginians voted him in. And many others of us donated to his campaign. I hope many other states learn this lesson and do what they should.

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