By Tony Perkins
Of all the things in short supply right now, optimism may be the hardest to find. After 12 disappointing months of an administration whose domestic and foreign policy failures are rivaled only by the number of illegals crossing the border, Americans everywhere are desperate for some sign of hope, some indication that the country they love isn’t completely lost. This past Saturday, on a sunny day in Virginia, that hope returned. For a brief moment, there was a break from the long shadows of the Biden administration, as new Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) stood before the state of Washington, Jefferson, and Madison and vowed to restore the promise of those great men. “It’s day one,” he declared. “Let’s get to work.”
For Americans who don’t live in Virginia, the sight of the Commonwealth’s tall new governor was a reassuring reminder that power still belongs to the people — and those people are hungry for someone to lead, not mandate, control, or command. And thankfully, Youngkin didn’t waste any time distinguishing himself from the tyrannical ways of his radical predecessor (and infanticide-endorser), Ralph Northam. In fact, the new governor’s inaugural address struck an altogether different tone to Democrats these days. It was an especially refreshing contrast to Joe Biden’s maniacal rant in Atlanta, where he demonized every good and decent American on election reform. Unlike the president’s increasingly spiteful tone, Youngkin leaned in to the unifying message voters desperately need to hear.
“I come to this moment, and to this office, knowing we must bind the wounds of division. Restore trust. Find common cause for the common good. And strengthen the spirit of Virginia,” Youngkin said. “Somewhere along the way,” he lamented, “we’ve lost the ability to show respect to one another. To disagree without being disagreeable… We must set our eyes on the common values and common future that unites us.”