By Ralph Benko- We approach the 30th anniversary of America’s noble victory in WWIII—the Cold War. On Christmas, 1991, the USSR dissolving itself, lowering the hammer and sickle for the last time.

As a (civilian) veteran of the Cold War (a junior White House official under Reagan) I really, really thought that the Era of Biggest Government, Communism, was totally over!  We won!

Silly me. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a specter is haunting Washington DC. 

The Lunatic Fringe of the Democratic Party has proposed massive confiscation of the property of the 700 richest Americans, dressed up as “taxing unrealized capital gains.”  Having spent almost 40 years wandering in the desert of national politics it takes a lot to shock me. 

This proposal shocked me. It’s right out of the Communist Manifesto

As Marx and Engels therein wrote:

You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society.


In one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so; that is just what we intend.

So, what’s a Red Blooded American to do?

Well, in 2022 all American citizens will be able to vote the current bums on Capitol Hill out and vote our team’s bums in.  But a lot of damage can be done in the year before that election.

But we, the people, may be able to stop it.  As it happens, all eyes of the politicos of Washington are on the Virginia governor’s race. 

Candidate Joe Biden shellacked his predecessor, Donald “Covfefe” Trump, in Virginia by a ten-point landslide. The Donk’s standard bearer, Terry McAuliffe, should be cruising to victory.  He’s not.

So unhappy are the Virginia voters with the current state of America under President Biden that the race between former governor Terry McAuliffe and businessman Glenn Youngkin is a dead heat. 

And that was even before leading Senate Democrats’ proposal to literally put into American law one of the key provisions of the Communist Manifesto! 

Now, there are many legitimate factors in deciding for whom to vote. Now, I live on the wrong side of the Potomac River, in Maryland. I don’t keep up with Virginia commonwealth politics.

That said, it is a fact that the politico-government complex based in Washington is incessantly looking for clues as to the mood of the voters. The outcome of the Virginia election will be searched for clues.

The Donks have a paper-thin majority in Congress and, with the VP’s power to break ties, in the Senate.  They fully expect to lose one or both of those majorities on November 8, 2022, and have their agenda thwarted for another decade.

The hard left is seeing how much of their “class warfare” agenda they can push through in the time remaining. Electing Youngkin would be heard round the world. Or at least Capitol Hill.

A Youngkin victory could persuade a critical mass of Democratic legislators from moderate and conservative districts that it is just too politically suicidal to succumb to the social pressure of the House Progressive Caucus and the media pressure from the left-leaning establishment media.

A Youngkin victory could strengthen the spines of enough pragmatist Democrats to get one Senator, or four Congresspeople, to pull the emergency cord on the orgy of taxing, borrowing and spending now running riot in DC.

Youngkin might end up being a good, or average, or even mediocre, governor.  That said, if Virginia elects Youngkin that surely would be seen in Washington as a vote to stop the enactment into law of a page torn right from the Communist Manifesto.