The 2009 gubernatorial election has entered the general election phase, and I think that now is a good time to put this race into perspective. There will be many issues that will be discussed, the economy, abortion, taxes, energy, and others. The issue that really gets to the heart of this election is simple. Will our Commonwealth be sovereign?
The underlying issue is whether or not Virginia will continue to lose sovereignty to the federal government. The recent controversy over accepting certain stimulus funds, is a perfect example. Governor Kaine has, in many ways, sacrificed Virginia’s sovereignty.
The key question for our next governor is simple. Will you protect Virginia’s sovereignty. Virginia has an inherent and Constitutional right to access its own resources, yet certain Democrats in the state have tried to restrict Virginia’s accessing these resources. We also have an issue with the federal government continuing its power grab over the states.
Where does Creigh Deeds stand on this? Will he do as Governor Kaine and sacrifice Virginian sovereignty for a quick buck? Deeds has been very keen to align himself with the union bosses during the primaries. Are we to believe that he will not do the bidding of these union bosses who are, in many ways, working with the Obama Administration. Will Deeds allow Virginia to access the rich resources with which we are blessed?
Bob McDonnell, on the other hand, believes in Virginia sovereignty. That is why he supports Virginia accessing its own resources. That is why he believes that Virginians have the right to a secret ballot, rather than being forced to join a nationally based union that is likely backed by…guess who…the federal government.
The election this November poses an interesting question. Do we want Virginia sovereignty or not?