To say the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of controversy for Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam would probably be the understatement of the year. The poor guy has been lambasted by the media, called out by conservatives, and — most tellingly — asked to resign by members of his own Party. From a political public relations standpoint, it just doesn’t get any worse.
Now, to be clear, I agree 100 percent with Democrats who have asked Northam to step down. I understand where they’re coming from and I empathize with their demands. After all, the man has forever tarnished the reputation of his state, damaged his personal character, marred his integrity, and brought an untold amount of shame on many Virginians who just simply want to move on with their lives. He’s said and done things that simply can’t be swept under the rug.
So, I completely understand why leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are denouncing his behavior as being “contrary to American fundamental values.”
And I understand why Senator Kamala Harris felt the need to emphasize that “leaders are called to a higher standard.”
And I understand why U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle (D-California) said on Twitter, “There are some tough calls in public life. This isn’t one of them. Gov Northam: Resign at once.”
Oh, and I also understand why Rohit Khanna (D-California) added his own thoughts that, “...Northam should accept responsibility & resign paving the way for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax...”
In fact, I understand why practically every prominent Democratic politician under the sun has, in one way or another, come out to vehemently condemn Ralph Northam and demand that he resign. You see, I vehemently condemned him too.
The only difference is that I — along with most other conservatives and any human being with half a soul — condemned him about a week earlier when he openly embraced and endorsed infanticide during a local radio station interview in his state. It was his barbaric approval of child murder that we found to be “contrary to American fundamental values” and out of alignment with the basic qualities of leadership. Of course, the notion of late term abortions in the third trimester, and allowing mothers to determine whether a delivered baby is even worthy of resuscitation, seemed to be perfectly fine with Democrats across the country, none of whom raised any objections whatsoever to Northam’s utterly deranged and sociopathic position. They actually celebrated the idea.
But, the minute that a 30-plus year old photo from the governor’s med school days surfaces, showing Northam dressed in a racially offensive costume, all Hell breaks loose within the Democratic ranks.
If you’ve been following the news at all — which I don’t particularly recommend — then you know that Northam has now changed his mind and claims that he isn’t the individual in the yearbook photo (despite admitting at first that it was him and even apologizing for it.) In an attempt to clarify, though, he added that he did once apply dark shoe polish to his face in order to compete in a school talent competition as Michael Jackson. In other words, he can’t be trusted to tell the truth or to keep his stories straight and, either way, he did do something wrong.
There’s certainly an argument to be made that Northam was just a reckless, immature, foolish, and ignorant college student, utterly oblivious to the racial context of wearing blackface and the longterm ramifications it would have. Perhaps he really was just wearing a costume and being silly or something. Who knows? As young people, we all did stupid things and made unwise decisions. I certainly did. And it goes without saying that many of us are capable of maturing into well-rounded adults.
The problem with Northam is that, although he may not be wearing blackface anymore or doing racially inappropriate things, he is openly supporting and promoting the mass slaughter of fully developed human children through every stage of pregnancy. That’s the real issue. It has nothing to do with the shoe polish he applied to his face over 30 years ago. It has everything to do with the hundreds of thousands of innocent babies that would die in and out of the womb under his depraved ideological view and the laws which he desires to pass.
It is for this reason, and no other that, if he can indeed still moonwalk, he should moonwalk right out of public office forever.