Virginia is (Not) for Lovers

Virginia.  My (sometimes) beloved home state.

Home to our nation’s first leader, George Washington.  Home to our most (mis)quoted founder, Thomas Jefferson.  The birthplace of presidents.

Home to Historic Jamestown and  Mount Vernon.  Home to (my favorite) Virginia Beach. <Lover’s Paradise!

But be careful, all you lovers!  Virginia is also home to these gentlemen.


Steve Helber/AP – Republican nominee for Governor, Ken Cuccinelli, right, is joined onstage with the other members of the ticket, E. W. Jackson, left, his wife, Theadora, Attorney General candidate Mark Obenshain, and his wife, Suzanne, and Tiero Cuccinelli at the end of the Virginia Republican convention.

Ken Cuccinelli.  What can you say about this contender for Governor?  For starters, you could say he is a Tea Party darling.  Mr. Ken Cuccinelli is anti-Obama, anti-health care reform, anti-abortion, anti-environmental protection, and anti-gay rights.  As attorney general, he fought back against the Affordable Care Act.  He has also compared his fight against abortion to the slavery movement.  Oh, did I forget to mention that he feels the Attorney General’s office is “special”? 

Mr. Cuccinelli is for the extreme right-wing.  He is not for lovers.

Reverend E.W. Jackson.  Reverend Jackson is a relative newcomer to Virginia politics.  He beat out six potential contenders to nab the nomination for Lt. Governor.  I am reluctantly proud to admit that he will be this state’s first African-American nominee for a statewide post in over twenty years.  Why reluctantly?  Here a few of Jackson’s statements:  “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.  The Democratic Party and the black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide.”  He feels “Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities.”  Lastly, he vows to “get the government off our backs, off our property, out of our families, out of our health care, and out of our way.”

One can only assume that remaining true to his Christian faith, he would also be a Tea Party fave.  A lover’s…not so much.

Mark Obenshain.  You’ve just got to love this guy!  Mr. Obenshain favored and introduced a bill requiring women to report a miscarriage to police within 24 hours or face criminal charges.  Can’t you just feel the love??  Nothing says love like forcing a woman, who has just endured the agony of miscarriage, to have the wherewithal to inform local police of her situation.  Mr. Obenshain is a defender of liberty.  Er…certain liberties.  He opposes abortion and health care reform.  From his website, we can get a sense of what he’ll fight for.  From his page, “With the Attorney General called upon to issue opinions and go to court on issues like the right to bear arms and the right to make one’s own health care choices, and with overbearing federal agencies saddling farmers and small business owners with excessive and unwarranted regulations, Virginia cannot afford to elect an Attorney General without a firm commitment to defending liberty.”

Obenshain..Tea Party dream.  Lover’s nightmare.

In order for that motto to hold true, Virginians, there needs to be some love somewhere, no?   Perhaps love and compassion for women suffering the loss of a child?  Perhaps love and equality toward lovers of the non-traditional variety?  Perhaps love and comfort of the ill who need medical care?  Perhaps love and respect for our nation’s leader?  Nah… I’m kidding! That one is pushing it!!

You know what?  Forget love.  That is not what I, as a Virginian, am asking for.  I am asking for a balanced approach to leadership.  I am asking for, at least, a slight left turn towards fairness.  I am asking for less tea, more water.  Water is neutral, right?

How about this slogan…Virginia is for Equality??

Give it a practice run.  It might stick.


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