When I heard the news last week about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, my jaw dropped. WTF??? I saw the yearbook picture, and my heart clenched. I heard his apology that, on the surface, seemed sincere, but in the back of my mind kept ringing this refrain: “Leopards don’t change their spots, leopards don’t change their spots, leopards don’t change their spots.”
I went to bed sometime that night, having moved on to other topics, and early that morning, Politico, The Washington Post and the New York Times all woke me to inform me that Governor Northam had decided, after admitting the night before that he was in the picture, that he wasn’t actually in the picture. Though for the record, he did wear blackface once when entering a dance contest and doing Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk.
By now, I had the man pegged as a liar and a bigot. The sooner he stepped down, as surely he must, the better for the State of Virginia. But, rather than stepping down, the man dug in, refusing to resign, declaring that this, too, can be fixed. He sounded so Trump-like that I’m fairly certain there was a conversation between the two between the first and second public announcement. It was reminiscent of Trump’s apology for his horribly sexist remarks heard on the campaign trail in 2016, and then later his denial that he had ever made the remarks … plainly heard … on tape … by the world.
If you were wondering why I hadn’t tackled this subject yet, it’s largely because I was waiting for the next shoe to drop. I couldn’t believe that some were actually taking his side, defending him. I knew that it was unlikely he could be impeached, for the crimes of which he is accused do not meet the legal criteria for impeachment. The president of the United States can remove a governor at any time, but we have no president, at least not one with any degree of morality or set of values. And the last option would be for Northam to step down, which he said he wouldn’t do. My head spun, as I pondered what this would mean for the State of Virginia, for the Democratic Party, and for the value of morality in the 21st century. I also wondered who dug into Northam’s past to come up with this … why now? Somewhere, there is more to this than meets the eye.
So, I have been silent, trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together, but fortunately our friend Don Lemon has not shared my silence, and in this video, I think he lays out the facts clearly. Take just a couple of minutes to listen to him, then think about it. Is this the direction our nation is going? We are 21 months from the next election, and guess what, folks … we are going to see more and more and more and more of this. At the end of the day, we may have to ask ourselves if there is anybody in our government who is not corrupt, who has values, who represents We the People.