Prior to being nominated on May 8, 2021 by Virginia Republicans for Lt. Governor, Winsome Sears was national chair of this group – “Black Americans Making America First,” formerly known as “Black Americans to Re-Elect the President” – Donald Trump, that is. So if you look at their website, you can get a pretty good idea where Winsome Sears stands on the issues, including:
- Cutting taxes and regulation to create jobs
- Expanding educational opportunity with School Choice
- Securing the border and stopping illegal immigration
- Saving black babies from abortion and promoting crisis pregnancy centers
- Defending families and limited constitutional government with the 2nd Amendment
- Pursuing criminal justice reform and avoiding the fringe effort to change the presumption of innocence to that of guilt
Now obviously, those positions are hard-core, right-wing down the line. And if you agree with them, you should by all means vote for Winsome Sears and her ticketmates, Glenn Youngkin for governor and Jason Miyares for Attorney General. On the other hand, if you are not a big fan of “promoting the policy initiatives of President Trump”; of “School Choice” (and note that this is “criticized by public school entities, organizations opposed to church-state entanglement, and self-identified liberal advocacy groups”); of strong opposition to women’s reproductive freedom; of strong opposition to any gun violence prevention measures; of strong opposition to criminal justice reform; of a strongly anti-“illegal immigration” position; of strong opposition to critically important government health, environmental, and worker safety protections; etc. – then you really should not – repeat NOT – vote for this ticket.
The bottom line is that the 2021 Virginia Republican ticket is Trumpist and right-wing all the way, from its push for “elections integrity” (aka, voter suppression, assault on democracy) to the issues noted above, to…everything, basically. Which is both bad news and good news. The bad news is that if these policies were ever enacted in Virginia, they would severely harm our state. The good news is that there won’t be any ambiguity about our choices this November – either continue to move Virginia forward/together with Democrats, or to lurch backwards in a hard-right, reactionary direction with the Youngkin/Sears/Miyares ticket. So that makes Virginia voters’ choice this November very clear – and VERY easy.