Hennen: When the woke agenda is defeated, it's reason to celebrate

Virginia and Minneapolis elections brought good news.

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Conservatives haven't had much to celebrate of late. President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Chuck Schumer and their fellow leftists control every lever of federal power. The push to transform America through a social infrastructure bill marches on in Washington, DC. But Tuesday night brought some sunshine for the conservative cause.

The two best examples of the woke agenda being rejected were in Virginia and in Minneapolis.

Virginia was a state Biden won by 10 points just one year ago. Terry McAuliffe, a longstanding fixture in liberal Democratic politics, was the heir apparent to return as governor of Virginia. His opponent Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee who has never held elected office, was given a tiny percentage chance of victory in an increasingly blue state. But guess what? That's why elections are held. And this fresh voice in Virginia politics stood up against the “parents don't matter” mantra that has rippled out from Loudon County, Virginia, all across the USA. Suburban moms were not buying it.

Parents do matter. Parents are speaking up in an ever-increasing level of intensity to push back against poor education outcomes, emotion-driven pandemic rules that ignore data, and the indoctrination agenda of critical race theory and other racist curriculums that are making their way into our classrooms.

Virginia is a classic case of what happens when a woke, leftist agenda goes too far, and people pay closer attention to what's happening closer to home. It's a victory for common sense. It's a victory for taking our country back, one classroom at a time. Youngkin has given conservatives everywhere a great blueprint on how to wage a race that attracts, rather than subtracts, supporters. It was a campaign of optimism, and it was a campaign of empowering parents. Let's hope others take note.


The rejection of the Rep. Ilhan Omar-led effort to end the police department, as we know it, in Minneapolis, is another example of common sense prevailing. It's breathtaking to see 57% of voters in deep, deep blue Minneapolis recognizing the danger of ending a police department.

The fact that the question is even asked is mind-numbingly stupid. But at least we can take comfort in the fact that people said 'Stop. Enough. This is crazy.'

If that question were on the ballot in most North Dakota, or western Minnesota cities, I bet the victory margin would have been more like 90-10 than 57-43.

But you must remember the political makeup of both Virginia and Minneapolis have been trending more and more to the left.

Virginia should awaken moderate Democrats everywhere to the danger of the woke agenda being rammed through Congress. As well, the Minneapolis outcome should slow the insanity of efforts to defund and disarm police.

That's something to celebrate. The Democrats have pushed too far, too fast. Their agenda is being repudiated, even where they have strong majorities. Let's savor that victory for a week or two, and see what kind of firewall it erects against a very dangerous agenda.

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Scott Hennen hosts the statewide radio program “What’s On Your Mind?” On AM 1100 “The Flag”, KFYR AM 550, AM 1090 KTGO “The Flag” and AM 1460 KLTC. Email him at


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