The further out from Roanoke and Virginia Tech you get, the less competitive Democrats are looking in the future.It has always struck me as out-of-place if not out-of-touch that, while the majority of citizens here in the area focus on declining job and career opportunities and widespread economic desolation, the editorialists at the Roanoke Times and the learned beings on the Virginia Tech campus seem more interested in protecting forests and growing the government and ... George Bush.
The Democratic Party has ruled Southwest Virginia since the beginning of time. And the results of the party's efforts are to be seen everywhere. The landscape is littered with abandoned factories, large swaths of the population subsist in substandard living conditions, and every economic indicator is pointing toward even harder times ahead. We have endured a plethora of broken promises and failed revitalization schemes from our politicians. The people of Southwest Virginia are looking at those leaders who brought us to this point and are saying to them, "Enough is enough."
We must look to a new set of leaders who have Southwest Virginia's interests at heart (hear those footsteps behind you, Senator Puckett?) and who come to the electorate with new ideas; workable plans that will make for a better future for our children and grandchildren.