Recently, Virginia Democratic governor, Ralph Northam found himself in some hot water because he might have appeared in his college yearbook in blackface…thirty-five years ago. For this egregious, but ancient faux-pas, people are demanding his resignation, which he claims is not forthcoming. By the time this commentary appears in print, he may have resigned and the capitol custodian will be the new Governor given the mess in that state.
Just a week before this the governor had been at the center of attention for comments regarding his opinion over late term abortions, including infanticide. This controversy has since been watered down with the assistance of the Democratic party and media. The official version now is that nobody is exactly clear on what the governor stated was acceptable.
Ironically, nobody called for his resignation for his stance on killing babies, but this blackface episode thirty-five years ago just can’t be tolerated. He now must be cast out of the Governor’s Mansion and possibly even the Democratic party.
Sorry folks, but I just can’t wrap my mind around the priorities with these two matters. Maybe it’s because of that whole Chebanse-thing again.
Here, we have a man who stated he’s for the abominable practice of late-term abortions, even possibly infanticide – after the child has been born – and is only being judged for a college prank? In my opinion, historians will someday judge us as if we lost our collective minds over our priorities.
Looking up statistics on the internet states a variety of abortion numbers, depending on the source. Left-leaning sources have much lower numbers than pro-life groups – imagine that. There is really no way to know the actual numbers. In the US, it’s somewhere between 625,000 – 825,000 abortions per year. The Worth Health Organization estimates there are an astonishing 40-50 million abortions per year in the world.
The numbers are ludicrous. I keep wondering if the guy who was to cure cancer might have been aborted, or perhaps the gal that was to unlock more secrets to the universe. What if some young lady terminated the next Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, or Mother Teresa? What a loss to mankind. And, even more amazingly, the US currently needs more young citizens.
Going back to the blackface issue, I can appreciate that some people would feel the practice is offensive now. If the governor had appeared at a party within the last year in the ridiculous costume, then he should be held accountable for his stupid act. It’s just not acceptable in this day and age, and you would have to have been living under a rock not to know that.
But jeez, thirty-five years ago during college? How is he supposed to atone for a juvenile act that long ago? Should we just shoot him, since killing is evidently all the rage in Virginia now.
Are we going to hold everyone accountable for what they did in school or decades ago when society’s norms were different? If so, I certainly could never hold public office and possibly even the local constabulary might want to be asking me some questions. But then I grew up, my cerebral cortex finally fully developed, and eventually I started acting more responsibly…although my wife might have a different opinion. And I know a whole bunch of people who would be banished with me. We were invincible. We committed foolish and possibly insensitive acts at times, just like very youngster throughout history. “Let those without sin cast the first stone.”
Having said all that, I have a feeling this call for resignation is neither about the abortion opinion or his alleged blackface stunt. Something within side me nags that this whole matter is more about power and control. Somebody wants or wanted that governors chair, and they will step on their own mother to get there. “They” found Governor Northam’s weak spot, just like he did with his opponent, and “they” have every intention of taking advantage. So, they became aware of some obscure picture from thirty-five years ago, released it to a salivating media that can never pass up a salacious politically incorrect story, and now we have a man on the ropes.
Perhaps, and this is just pure speculation on my part, it was the Lt. Governor who cast the first stone, only to have it bounce back at him for his past sexual escapades. More than likely, we will never know who is coveting that seat, but being the suspicious fellow my father said I was, I can’t help but think there is a power struggle going on behind the scenes.
And most incredible of all, I am actually defending a Democrat who believes in killing babies.