Leopards Don’t Change Their Spots …

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.

37 thoughts on “Leopards Don’t Change Their Spots …

  1. Try as I might, and I did, I could not endure another moment of listening to Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address this evening. I was doing it in part because it is always wise to know where your enemy stands, but he is unfathomable at best. I thought that I was going to smash the computer screen if I had to watch the idiots standing up and applauding his every phrase like puppets on strings. I have a headache and am nauseous from the recurrence of severe Trumpitis on my already weakened immune system. Now that I have gotten some of the poison out of my system, I will attempt to direct my thoughts to this post. I am not usually about these 3 Letter, WT?, moments…mine are more along “What The Harry?” (an equally intended profane remark for me) and this Ralph Northam is deserving of them. A sincere apology was a good start, but followed by a total denial leads one to question the sincerity/honesty/sanity of Northam in equal measure. As always, Don Lemon lays the undeniable truth before us…it can’t be both ways! Thank-you!

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    • You are a stronger/braver woman than I, for I did not even try. First, I knew that just seeing his ugly mug, watching those odd facial contortions he does, would be enough to make me seriously ill. But second, I saw no purpose in it, for I knew that a) it would be nothing more than a rant against democrats and about his abominable wall, and b) the speech would be filled with lies, for he knows not how to be truthful. And thirdly, like you, I knew I would throw my computer and I really cannot afford a new one at the moment. 😉

      It’s funny … I used to find that word offensive, but over the past decade or so, it just seems to roll right off of my tongue multiple times a day. I think that if … IF Mr. Northam truly cares at all about the people of his state, he will step down, for he has lost all credibility and his continued governorship will be the brunt of jokes for the rest of his term, not to mention that he will never be trusted again. However, once he steps down, we now are left with a man who is accused of sexual misconduct. Good grief, are there no decent politicians out there at all????

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I just commented on another of your posts that this has become a mess as Gov. Northam is refusing to face reality that his days as a functioning governor and now the LT. Governor who looked like a great has been accused of sexual abuse.

    The best solution is to have more women run for office, as these men keep messing up.It’s going to get ugly.

    I have already speculated that a right wing anti-abortion group has done the research to uncover these tidbits. These news stories were first published in rt wing outlet.

    It just so happens that VA is considering a less restrictive abortion right’s legislation.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • The male candidates seem unable to keep either their zippers or their mouths closed! But the reality is that the election of Donald Trump set this trend in motion. The election of Donald Trump made the statement that: It’s okay to abuse women, it’s okay to be racist, it’s okay to step on people you don’t like. And now, as I said to Keith earlier, rather than the ‘man’ rising to the values of the office, he has simply lowered the values of the office to meet his own low … very low … standards. Sigh.
      Hugs

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  3. Jill, Northam needs to resign. This is not a singular act and his reaction has been mismanaged and reeks of being handled. He has breeched his constituents’ trust.

    In this same breath, we need to hold others accountable. In my current post, I note the US President should have been removed from the campaign in October, 2016 when the Access Hollywood tapes corroborated what several women had accused him of before the revelation. Plus, he had been on the Howard Stern show several times boasting of his wont to walk in on naked and partially naked teen beauty pageant contestants, some of whom have accused him of such.

    When the incumbent defames the office or future office, action needs to be taken. Keith

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    • I fully agree that Trump, Northam and a few more that I could name need to go. Unfortunately, Trump seems to have set a new standard by which the rest feel it is okay to adhere. Morals? Values? Hah! Rather than him living up to the standards of the office of president, he has brought the standards of the office down to meet his low standards. The question now is: what are we going to do about it? Fact is that he isn’t ever going to be a better ‘man’ than he is, so in my view it is time to cut our losses while we still can. Too bad some 40% of the nation cannot see it.

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      • Jill, the stories about Trump’s actions are there to be read from the racist actions and words to the misogynist actions and words, which include sexual assault, to the misuse of Trump Foundation monies where a judge shut the Foundation down last fall and placed a trustee not named Trunp to distribute the money.

        Keith

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  4. Hi Jill, this is the first I heard of all this, I cannot believe it did not hit the news in my part of the world. But is it really news? It is the same thing all over again, and over and over. It is Trump–No, I did not say that. It is Ronald Reagan–I don’t remember. It is Tricky Dicky–I definitely did not mean that (or whatever his exact words were, I forget too, lol).
    And people still believe them, all of them.
    “When will we ever learn?”

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    • Really??? I’m surprised, for it has been THE news here for days now, even trumping Trump’s upcoming SOTU address. It is a tangled mess, and I’m relatively certain Trump himself advised Northam to “deny, deny, deny!” Youre last sentence says it all … when will we ever learn? Never, I’m thinking.

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          • That would be a nice dark rum, preferably Cuban, if I imbibed, but I do not. Not even wine or beer, or coffee. My body is not necessarily a temple, but my vices are my own, not substance-driven.
            One never knows, maybe that is why my health is so crappy…

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            • I knew you did not drink alcohol, but thought you were a coffee-drinker. Hmmm … only tea, then? Nah, ’cause my health is crappy too, and I do like a glass of wine in the evening, drink a gallon or so of coffee through the day, and have smoked 3-4 packs of cigarettes for more than 50 years now 😉 I did try to quit smoking once … lasted 10 hours!

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              • 10 hours, hunh? Not bad for your fist attempt. I am not saying this to make you quit, you are very addicted to both nicotine and csffeine. Addictions can be ovrrcome, all it really takes is a very good reason. I used to smoke close to 75 of Canada’s strongest tobacco cigarettes a dsy (also 3 packs) and I swore I would never quit. Then one day a reason to quit came along, and I quit cold turkey that day. Seventy-five to zero in the space of minutes. I never even finished the one I had lit. That was in the 1980s. I have not even yearned for one since.
                Coffee wss a whole different thing. When i wss a lttle kid I watched everyone in my family drinking coffee by the bucket, so of course I wanted some. I was clearing the breakfast dishes off the table one day when I found an unfinished cup at someone’s place. I picked it up and drank it down. It tasted horrible, but so what. Two seconds later it came right back up, and brought my breakfast with it. I projectile vomited all over the breakfast table. I crashed to the floor, moaning and groaning and holding my belly. Well, didn’t my mother walk into the room at that moment, and saw me suffering. Did she poor baby me, no way! She made me get up and finish clearing off the table and wiping up all the vomit. I was so sick I vould barely stand, but I finished my chore and went straight to bed. When my father got home that night he whipped the hell out of me. I have never touched coffee since that day, cannot even stand the smell of it. Now that I am old I am glad that happened. It is one addiction I never caught.
                Alcohol I tried in my teens, of course, but I was also learning to smoke marijuana at the same time. No comparison. Aftef I blacked out on alcohol one night I swore to never drink again. A few years later I gave up on weed too. A female friend of mine convinced me to try it again once in the 90s (women can do that to lovesick guys) and that was my first, and last, experience with hydroponically-grown pot. It was almost as strong as LSD. I have been straight ever since.
                Maybe that’s my problem, lol…

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  5. Is this a new game for the American public, I’ll say two or three options and you choose the on you like most. I did it, I didn’t do it,Can’t have been me as I wasn’t there, wherever it was. Straight from Trump’s The Liars Playbook.
    Cwtch

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    • Apparently so. I really believe that after Northam apologized and admitted he was in the photo (I mean, really, why else would he have had it put in the yearbook???), he received a phone call from Trump telling him to walk it back and deny everything. It is his modus operandi, or as you say, straight from Trump’s Liar’s Playbook. I would ask myself, “what next?”, but frankly I am afraid of the answer.
      Cwtch

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  6. A world gone mad!
    A little side note…..I saw The “Green Book” this weekend and it by far is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen! The era is the 60s…much has changed, but much has stayed the same in racism.
    I highly recommend it.

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  7. The answer is apparently no. Not in the US not in the U.K. We have Conservative MPs openly backing extreme right wing youth groups, calling them the future. We have Labour MPs acting as relics from a bygone and vile age. We have MPs and members of the Government selling us crap in the name of feathering their own nests. I now keep saying – come the revolution. No idea what that revolution is but it sounds good.

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    • I became concerned for you guys last night when I read that there is a plan to move the Queen to safety in the event that violence erupts if there is a No-deal Brexit. What’s your take … do you think there will be bloodshed in the streets? Do you think that something else might be worked out before the deadliine? I’m getting worried about my UK friends! Sometimes it does take a revolution, but … innocent lives are lost. 😥

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      • Maybe it’s May trying to swing her own MPs. Nothing focuses the mind than potential riots and army on the streets. Remember a week before we voted to go to war with Iraq we had tanks deployed to airports as a precaution. Having said that I fear something is brewing, the country (like yours) is too badly divided. If our monumentally incompetent government messes up and we do have shortages then anything is possible.

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        • That’s true. In college, I worked for one of my Political Science profs as a research assistant, and he was working on a paper about external conflict. The premise of his paper was that to bring cohesion within their nation, leaders often used the threat of an external threat, whether real or imagined, and it caused people to pull together. We saw that here in the days following 9/11 when people all over the nation, most especially in New York, befriended strangers and hugs were the currency of the day. Didn’t last long, of course, but it happened. I hope all the projections of food & medicine shortages don’t materialize … I’m worried ’bout you all!

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        • No, but we aren’t alone, for the UK is going through just as much of a mess at the moment, and the populist movement on which Trump rode into office is making itself known throughout the EU. I would like to think that Trump is the end of our troubles and it’s a simple matter of waiting for the end of him or his term, but … I cannot find my rose-coloured glasses, and therefore find it impossible to believe that our troubles will be over once he is gone. I’m not sure where you are, but … I’m guessing perhaps Australia?

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            • I think the hat in your pic was what made me think Australia. Well, welcome to the family here … I have many UK friends and I find that they often see our situation here more clearly than we ourselves do. The old expression “Can’t see the forest for the trees”, I suppose. Until the last few weeks, I would have agreed that our mess was a bit worse, but I am becoming concerned for my UK friends with the real possibility looming of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and the shortages it might mean. And last week, when I heard there are plans to move the Queen in the event of violence and rioting, I became even more concerned.

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              • I think the move-the-queen thing is a huge over reaction, and I’m not even sure it’s true. I think the biggest immediate problem will be a few shortages if we exit without a deal, since border checks will inevitably take far longer and lead to huge queues and tailbacks, but hardly on the scale of a war or anything like that. I’m more concerned about the long term effects, which are all about the complex relationships between ourselves and the people of the EU whether it be as part of the workforce, and everything that entails or about the co-operation and funding between us with the huge number of bodies and projects that have far-reaching effects that a lot of people choose to ignore – policing and intelligence, research, etc etc.

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                • Your take on it is sensible. I think the same thing happens there that happens here … the media blow things out of proportion, and people will believe nearly anything they read/hear, so pretty soon there is a bit brouhaha where there isn’t a need. I appreciate your view, for it puts it into perspective a bit more. And while I don’t understand all the long-term consequences, I would agree that they are likely to be the bigger worry. Thanks for enlightening me a bit!

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                    • Indeed so. I remember well the day of the Brexit referendum, and I was certain it would fail. My jaw dropped when it passed, much as it would drop five months later when Trump was declared the winner of our election. I’ve stopped making predictions since 2016 😉
                      Until recently, I was woefully ignorant of the reasons for Brexit, as most of my readers were for remaining in the EU. But in the past year, a couple of friends who were pro-Brexit have shared with me their reasons, and I’m beginning to see both sides a bit better.
                      It’s going to be an interesting year for us all, to say the least.

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                    • Yes, interesting. And interesting is not necessarily good. I’ve read most of the reasons for voting leave, and I have to say the majority of them are simply based on untruths or impossibilities. To quote just a couple, there was a lot of talk about ‘regaining sovereignty’ – well, we’ve never lost it. We’ve always had a veto over any laws that genuinely might effect us. And the leave campaign claimed that all the money we pay into the EU could be spent on the NHS, conveniently ignoring that a great deal of that money already comes directly back to the UK in the form of subsidies for (eg) parts of the UK that need them.

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                    • You’re right … interesting is not always a positive, and in neither of our cases is the next ‘interesting’ year likely to be positive, unless one considers a serious case of ulcers to be a plus! Yes, unfortunately in both our countries, We The People are fed what the politicians want us to believe and often that is something other than the truth. We make our decisions based on something less than factual information. Imagine, though, how much worse it would be if we didn’t at least have a free press?

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