To Sow Discord and Divisions

Our society is still facing enormous challenges. The COVID pandemic continues. Black lives still have to matter. Greenhouse gases are still rising and so are global temperatures. To address these issues successfully, concerted efforts are necessary. We must try our best to control the spread of the coronavirus. We ought to look deeply into the structural, institutional and systemic racism. For our society to avert climate change, we must act together. Yet, Virginia's new governor Glenn Youngkin chooses to sow discord and divisions.

Above copied from
Commonwealth of Virginia 


The following are among the executive actions the new governor has taken:
  • End the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education.
  • Empower Virginia parents in their children’s education and upbringing by allowing parents to make decisions on whether their child wears a mask in school.
  • Withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
It is just day one and the governor has already placed the state in a precarious situation. 

There is a bright side, however. 


An executive order cannot really address something that does not exist. Executive orders are also not to be used to repeal laws. Perhaps, the only reason why the governor has issued these executive orders is to ruffle our feathers and excite his political base. Nonetheless, the governor sends a wrong message when the problems we are currently facing require nothing less than our cooperation and unity.

 

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