I'm an aspiring writer, but overall, I am an American who seeks a better America.
In other articles of mine on this writing platform, you may have noticed that I have called politicians out on their shortcomings and transgressions throughout the United States of America. Having lived in New York for four years and in California for seven years, I am someone to keep my eyes and ears open to any news or information I can gather regarding a political candidate who is either corrupt or is a bad choice for office altogether. I am not here to run a smear campaign against any political candidate. However, I do wholeheartedly believe that the public does have the right to be fully informed about a political candidate before casting their vote in an election.
One particular political candidate who has repeatedly caught my attention in both the news and the media is Virginia State Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel. She ran against Justin Fairfax for lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2017. After researching her background extensively, I had developed numerous concerns about her that I strongly felt that I needed to share with the voters of her state before they decided whom they wished to elect as their next lieutenant governor on November 7, 2017. I can candidly say that Ms. Vogel was definitely not someone that Virginians would have wanted to elect as the lieutenant governor of their state.
Herein I am not attempting to favor any particular political party. I have come across Ms. Vogel’s kind in both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party and even in the independent political parties. However, I did not wish for anyone in the Commonwealth of Virginia to cast their vote for her blindly in November of 2017, because she would have brought nothing but problems to her state. Even if you are reading this article and you do not live or vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, I still believe that you will find its contents to be very interesting.
It is also beneficial that you read this article because there always remains a chance that Ms. Vogel may even someday run for president of the United States of America. Even if you’re not an American like me, I can be rest assured that you will still be interested in what I have to say about Ms. Vogel. Herein I outline all of the reasons why anyone who is registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia should not have elected Ms. Vogel as the lieutenant governor of that state in 2017.
Virginia State Senator Jill Holtzman Vogel
Ms. Vogel Cannot Relate to the Average Individual
Ms. Vogel is the daughter of corporate mogul William B. Holtzman, who owns the Holtzman Oil Corporation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This man is wealthy; and he started this corporation of his in 1972, which was only two years after his daughter, Jill Holtzman Vogel, was born. Therefore, it immediately becomes clear to anyone reading my article about Ms. Vogel’s background in this regard that she grew up in the lap of luxury, and, therefore, she could never understand the struggles and difficulties of the average individual. In that sense, she is more likely than not to be insensitive and even apathetic to the needs of her constituents.
Here is a woman who had opportunities flying at her from every direction from the time that she was a newborn to the time she went into politics. If you are a Virginian and you are struggling financially, Ms. Vogel is not going to understand your frustrations or your challenges in life. And why would she even feel obligated to do so? She has had everything given to her on a silver platter throughout her life. I am not saying that all rich people are this way. However, she is; and as you read further on herein, you will realize why I feel that way about her.
Ms. Vogel Has No Sense of Loyalty to the Very People Who Trust Her
When President Donald J. Trump was running for office back in 2016, Ms. Vogel pretended to support his campaign as described in an online article by LoudounNow. However, she also befriended and even politically collaborated with Jeanne Smoot of the Tahirih Justice Center, which is an organization that has done nothing to hide the fact that they are sharply opposed to President Trump in all respects as revealed in an article that they published on their website. In other words, the people running the Tahirih Justice Center are President Trump's adversaries, and Ms. Vogel is their political ally in the form of her friendship and even collaboration with Ms. Smoot on legislative matters.
Ms. Vogel has proclaimed herself to be a champion of the rights of women as well as feminists who are clearly pro-choice on the abortion issue. However, Ms. Vogel’s 2017 opponent, Justin Fairfax, brought the fact to light once again after five years that Ms. Vogel pushed through a bill that required women in the Commonwealth of Virginia to obtain a vaginal ultrasound before going through an abortion. Now, I have never been crazy about abortion. I do believe that life begins at conception, although I realize that there are going to be people who will disagree with me on this issue. However, here is the problem that I have with Ms. Vogel’s actions concerning this bill that was eventually signed into law. She misrepresented herself to feminists as a devoted advocate of women’s rights, including the right to choose, so to speak, just so that she could get votes, and then she turned on these same people later on like a betraying angel.
Ms. Vogel's above-described actions were virtually identical to those of Kathleen Sebelius back when she was running for office in Kansas in the previous decade. That is, Kathleen Sebelius had made false promises to anti-abortionists that she would stick to her religious convictions as a Catholic and oppose all abortions in her state jurisdiction. However, after she got the votes of these anti-abortionists to get herself elected into office, she threw them all under the bus, figuratively speaking. I do not see how Ms. Vogel’s actions are any different from those of Ms. Sebelius. In other words, Ms. Vogel just uses people to rack up votes whenever she is running for office.
The Fierce Debate Between Jill Holtzman Vogel And Justin Fairfax For Virginia Lieutenant Governor In 2017
Ms. Vogel Plays Dirty Against Her Opponents In Elections
In the spring of 2017 when Ms. Vogel was running for nomination as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which was decided upon in the 2017 June primary in that state, information came out to the public that Ms. Vogel had engaged in an abusive character assassination plot against her opponent, Bryce E. Reeves, in an effort to cause him to lose that same primary. In this plot, she attempted to mislead the voters in her state to believe that Mr. Reeves was somehow carrying on a sordid lifestyle.
Ms. Vogel has denied any allegations that she ever schemed to sabotage Mr. Reeves’s campaign in this regard. However, she has evaded investigators’ efforts to uncover evidence that she did actually orchestrate a plot to mislead the public at large into believing that Mr. Reeves was a promiscuous adulterer of some kind. Whenever anyone sees any campaign advertisements that Mr. Reeves has published on YouTube, it becomes very clear that he is a man of integrity and that he is not someone who would engage in questionable activities.
Virginia State Senator Bryce E. Reeves Is A Decent, Law-Abiding Citizen
This incident involving Mr. Reeves would not constitute the first and only time that Ms. Vogel has ever taken part in any form of corruption that has brought harm to others. Her transgressions in this regard have even crossed over state lines. Her corrupt activities date as far back as an entire decade earlier.
Ms. Vogel Has Engaged in Hate-Related Activities
Shortly before she took office as a Virginia state senator in Richmond, it came out in the news on the Internet that Ms. Vogel had been involved in hate-related activities against certain minorities. Now, I realize that everyone, including politicians, are entitled to their opinions on issues. However, if Ms. Vogel is running for an office in which she will be representing everybody in her state jurisdiction, then the fact alone that she has engaged in hate-related activities demonstrates that she is not suitable for such an office.
If Ms. Vogel had been elected as lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2017, it would have become her obligation to serve everyone living in her state jurisdiction. If she is bigoted or prejudiced against any certain group of people, especially ones who pay taxes in her state, then she would have been falling short of her duties to the residents of her state jurisdiction.
Ms. Vogel Sponsors and Authors Legislation That Is Detrimental to the Rights of Individuals
Back in 2016, Ms. Vogel introduced a bill to the Virginia State Senate in Richmond that would ban all underage marriage in her state jurisdiction. She referred to it as a ban on "child marriage." However, this bill also outlawed voluntary teenage marriage as well. That is, this bill, once signed into law, prohibited anyone younger than 18 years of age from getting married in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Later on, it was amended with a provision that also allowed legally emancipated 16- and 17-year-olds to get married in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Ms. Vogel authored this same bill and pushed it through her state legislature for then-Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to sign into law, without considering the adverse impact and the consequences that it would have on the residents of her state once it was to become a law. An online article titled “The Great American Controversy Over Underage Marriage” describes what the adverse impact and the consequences were of this bill once it became a law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Ms. Vogel did not stop just at pushing this same marriage bill through the Virginia state legislature, but she also took her busybody crusade one step further. She included a punitive provision in this same bill that would allow for the Commonwealth of Virginia to prosecute and sentence anyone up to six months in jail or a fine up to $500.00 if that person were to take a minor out of state to marry that minor in an effort to get around this same law. This same punitive provision appears to violate the doctrine of comity between state jurisdictions here in our nation. It also would have punished any parent of the Commonwealth of Virginia who took part in transporting a minor across state lines to get married regardless of whether that same minor was their own son or daughter or someone else's son or daughter. Luckily, the Virginia state legislature ultimately did not allow for Ms. Vogel to keep this same punitive provision in her marriage bill.
Ms. Vogel pulled every shady tactic in the book to get this same marriage bill passed and signed into law. She even went so far as teaming up with the Tahirih Justice Center to produce false statistics that alleged that 12-year-olds were getting married in the Commonwealth of Virginia on a regular basis. However, a news group called her and the Tahirih Justice Center out on their inaccuracies in this same regard, and they did so in an online article. My position on this matter is that if Ms. Vogel cannot be trusted to tell the truth about something like this, then she cannot be trusted to serve as the lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Another point that I would like to stress about this new law that Ms. Vogel got passed in the Commonwealth of Virginia to ban underage marriage for the most part in that state is that at no point in time in any of her speeches did she ever make mention of the much bigger issue of deadbeat teenage fathers in her state, many who are the faces of justifiable patricide in that their kids usually grow up hating them. Throughout her busybody crusade to get this marriage bill signed into law, she made it clear to the public at large in her state that she was mainly pushing it through her state legislature to put a stop to Loretta-Lynn-style marriages.
Before Ms. Vogel got then-Virginia Governor McAuliffe to sign this bill of hers into law, I would not doubt that there were likely more 15- and 16-year-old deadbeat teenage fathers getting their 13- and 14-year-old girlfriends pregnant and then bailing on them than there were men in their twenties and thirties marrying young girls who were still in high school or middle school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Vogel has clearly always had an agenda that does not address the big issues that concern the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She spends too much time on her busybody crusades as this one that she pursued to ban all underage marriage in her state.
Now that Ms. Vogel got this intrusive and harmful ban on “child marriage” passed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, many of you like me may be asking this one same pressing question concerning her future intentions. What bright idea is she going to come up with next? Is she going to author and push for a law that would force girls under 18 years of age in her state to give their babies up for adoption under the premise that these young ladies are emotionally too immature to handle child rearing? Oh, wait a minute. Perhaps it would not be enough for Ms. Vogel to push such an outrageous bill through her state legislature for the Governor of Virginia to sign into law. She might just take it a step further and get a law passed also to prevent maternal grandparents from adopting their underage daughter’s child under the premise that they are too irresponsible and unfit to raise a grandchild inasmuch as they allowed their 13- or 14-year-old daughter to become pregnant.
This same sort of Puritanical nonsense is what Ms. Vogel would have imposed upon the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia if she had been elected as their lieutenant governor. She has done enough damage in her capacity as a Virginia state senator in Richmond. Why give this dragon lady more power and authority so that she can just turn around and abuse it at the expense and detriment of everyday civilians in her state jurisdiction?
My Conclusion Regarding Ms. Vogel
Ms. Vogel is wrong for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her intrusive and even harmful actions as a state senator seriously place her ability to lead her state as a lieutenant governor into question. She has demonstrated to be bigoted against certain groups of people in her state jurisdiction, and she is obviously intolerant to diversity. She does not have anybody’s best interests at heart except for her own. She would have made a poor choice as the lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The people of the Commonwealth of Virginia should not have voted to elect Jill Holtzman Vogel as the lieutenant governor of their state in November of 2017, and they didn't. Even if you are a Republican and you are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, do not vote for Ms. Vogel for any political office. She does not care about your beliefs or needs as a resident of her state. I am not saying that you have to vote for any of her opponents or vote at all. However, if she had gotten elected into office as the lieutenant governor of your state in 2017, life would have been over for everyone there as they knew it. Therefore, make the right choice any November that her name appears on your ballot. Ms. Vogel is never the right choice.
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Jason B Truth (author) from United States of America on November 19, 2017:
Ladies and gentlemen? Some of you may be reading this article now for the very first time and you are wondering why it is showing November 19, 2017 as the updated date. Truth has it that I actually published this article initially on September 10, 2017. However, what I have done recently is that I have italicized all of my links in this article to other articles that are related to this one to make it easier on the readers to spot them. I apologize for any confusion that the November 19, 2017 update date has caused. I hope that you enjoyed reading this article, and I do thank you for doing so.
Jason B Truth (author) from United States of America on September 12, 2017:
I'd like to clarify something in my initial comment that appears below. I used the word "surpasses" in one of my sentences wherein I stated: "California and New York had their fair share of quirks in their laws throughout the time that I had lived in each of those two states, but the Commonwealth of Virginia even surpasses those two states in that same regard."
However, what I really meant to state was: "California and New York had their fair share of quirks in their laws throughout the time that I had lived in each of those two states, but the Commonwealth of Virginia is even worse than those two states in that same regard."
I apologize for any confusion that my typographical error may have caused. I tried to correct it with my edit feature, but my five minutes ran out.
Jason B Truth (author) from United States of America on September 12, 2017:
The Commonwealth of Virginia has acquired a shameful reputation of allowing nonsensical state laws to get passed in Richmond, and the whole United States of America knows about it. I vaguely recall hearing about their state legislature passing a law to impose a $1,000 fine for some Mickey Mouse traffic infraction so many years ago. I cannot remember the exact nature of that law, but I do remember hearing about all the opposition there was against that law in that state and how that law was eventually repealed accordingly. California and New York had their fair share of quirks in their laws throughout the time that I had lived in each of those two states, but the Commonwealth of Virginia even surpasses those two states in that same regard. The Commonwealth of Virginia has a state election coming up two months from now in which its resident will be able to elect their next lieutenant governor. Some people may not believe that the lieutenant governor serves an important role in that state or in any state. However, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the lieutenant governor serves a very important role as described at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_...
If I'm not mistaken, the lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia also serves the purpose of breaking a tie vote in the Virginia State Senate. Currently, this state is confronted with the possibility of having a lieutenant governor for the next four years who has a serious case of affluenza in terms of her poor track record in public office. Her name is Jill Holtzman Vogel. My article above gives you the heads-up on why the people of that state should not vote for her this November. If you are a Virginian, I would be interested in knowing your viewpoints about her. If you're an American who lives outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, I would like to know if your state has someone like her in your state legislature that you would like to see voted out of office altogether. Even if you are not an American citizen and you live in a country other than the United States of America, I would still like to know your opinion on this topic.