As of this moment, Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, is still in office and appears to be intransigent about resigning.
Okay, unless you live under a rock, at the bottom of the sea with SpongeBob, you know exactly what I am talking about. It seems that there was a very disturbing 1984 yearbook photo from Governor Northam’s medical school that has a picture of two young men, one in blackface, and the other in full Ku Klux Klan regalia. The picture is on Ralph Northam’s yearbook page.
Initially, the Governor came out and offered an apology, accepting that he was one of the two pictured. Then Northam comes out on Saturday saying he was not in the picture, and presenting us with the Michael Jackson “dance contest” excuse, along with that ages-old tired blather of “I have African-American friends.”
Let me be very clear and upfront: I find Governor Northam’s assertion that he blackened his face once for a Michael Jackson dance contest — or something of the sort — to be disingenuous, offensive, and insulting. For some odd reason, Gov. Northam believes that everyone is just that gullible, stupid perhaps, to accept such a lame explanation.
Governor Northam is being condemned, and even leaders in the Democrat Party, both State and National, are demanding his resignation. Perhaps Governor Northam is betting on what we all know to be true, that the liberal progressive news media, and cycle, will kill this story. But there is a greater concern for the State and National Democrat Party, and it is all about hypocrisy.
I am quite sure we all remember the character assassination that then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh had to endure. Here was a man deliberately targeted by the progressive socialist left for destruction. They could not afford to have President Trump appoint a second conservative justice to the Supreme Court, especially replacing a swing vote justice. It was all hands on deck, and we watched the theater of the absurd play out and the utter disgraceful actions of elected officials and anarchist leftists who stormed hearing chambers, Capitol Hill, and the steps of the Supreme Court. There was one little problem: there was no evidence or corroborating testimony for Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, who admitted that she had fabricated it all. How interesting that all these three women have disappeared from any national conversation, when they were the topic, incessantly so, of every conversation.
This is what Governor Northam is banking on, hoping it all just fades away. Yes, he is being condemned by those within his own party, but is this just pro forma? Are they are secretly plotting with the liberal progressive media to give this a slow death? The real hypocrisy is that the left in America went into an apoplectic meltdown about Brett Kavanaugh as a high school senior. Governor Northam’s yearbook is from his medical school, in 1984.
Also, as a comparison, that was the year I graduated the US Army Officer Basic Artillery course on the Commandant’s List, graduated Airborne and Jumpmaster School, got married, and deployed to Vicenza, Italy, for my first tour of duty. Oh yes, I did paint my face that year, but it was with OD green and loam camouflage paint.Oh yes, I painted my face, too, that year -- in 1984 -- but it was with OD green and loam camouflage paint. Click To Tweet
What is certainly a sign of karma is the fact that during his candidacy for governor, Northam often referred to his opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie, as a racist. Oh my, and that leads to another interesting dilemma for the State, and especially the National, Democrat Party. How will they continue to refer to President Trump as a racist based upon hyperbole? After all, there are no questionable photos of President Trump in blackface, or in a KKK outfit. So, if Governor Northam remains in place, any rhetoric claiming that President Trump is a racist will look dubiously hypocritical. If there is any reason the Democrat Party wants Northam gone, it is for that strategic purpose.
This episode could not have happened at a worse time for the Democrat Party. Here it was the first day of Black History Month, and these pictures are revealed. Let’s be honest, there are those of us who know the real history of the Democrat Party with the black community in America. What a horrific optic to deal with currently, reminding people, not just blacks, of the scarred history the party of the Donkey has with Black America.
These pictures from Governor Northam’s medical school yearbook page come on the heels of his very controversial statement about what can only be deemed as support for infanticide, a sentiment shared by New York Governor Cuomo. When one ponders the intersection of racism and abortion, well, it leads to an organization founded by a white supremacist and racist, one who spoke at Ku Klux Klan rallies. Someone who referred to blacks as “undesirables” and “weeds.” That person is Margaret Sanger, and the organization is Planned Parenthood. Funny thing, even Planned Parenthood released a statement asking Northam to resign. I guess they are trying to cover their six.
And, let’s not forget, the last Democrat nominee for president of these United States of America, Hillary Clinton, is a recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award.
I am not seeking to be political here, but stating an obvious truth. The Democrat Party in America is facing a major crisis, and the optics are not good at all. They must have Governor Northam resign, or else the consequences may just be insurmountable, and that means electoral defeat.
Consider this last point: the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia is black. I remember the first black governor in America since Reconstruction, the 66th Governor of Virginia, Lawrence Douglas Wilder. I wonder what he has to say . . . and why Governor Northam will not allow Virginia to have its second black governor?
As stated, the optics are not good.
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.