I’m going to be honest here: I do not care about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s old yearbook photograph, in which he’s either in blackface or wearing a Klan hood. I don’t support or endorse doing either of those outfits, but how does a photograph of a goofy costume from over thirty years ago affect the man’s ability to do his job now? It’s not as though he has a track record of racist remarks that might bias his enforcement of Virginia’s laws against black, Jewish, or Catholic Virginians.
The problem with progressivism is that it eats its own with gusto, as the socially-acceptable behavior of yesteryear becomes the always-forbidden “hate” of today. It was certainly in poor taste to wear blackface in the 1980s, but, give me a break. When does the statute of limitations on poor decisions expire? Are we allowed to never commit a mistake if we want to serve in public office?
What demonstrates how truly evil the Left is is that they don’t care about Northam’s endorsement, just a little over a week ago, of infanticide. When asked in a radio interview what should be down with a child born alive that the mother initially wanted aborted, Northam replied that the mother and at least two physicians should consult about the baby’s fate while the baby was “kept comfortable.”
Where are the anguished cries about that? Northam wearing a Klan hood to a beer bash in the 80s didn’t cost any black people their jobs or their lives. Abortion kills them by the tens of thousands every year.
Pat Buchanan—ever-brilliant, ever-prescient and -insightful—has a piece exploring the implications of the Northam non-troversy that I highly recommend you read. A representative excerpt:
We are at the beginning of a Kulturkampf to purge America of all monuments and tributes to the white males who created, built and ruled the country, and once believed that they, their nation, their faith, and their civilization were superior to all others. And, without apology, they so acted in the world.
Those two guys drinking beer in blackface and Klan robes and a hood thought they were being funny, but to the unamused members of a radicalized Democratic Party, there is nothing funny about them.
And, after Northam, these intolerant people will demand that the Democratic Party nominate a candidate who will echo their convictions about America’s past.
America will pay for its generations of infanticide if we don’t end it, and soon. God is just, and delivers His judgment with swiftness and ferocity after long forbearance. One reason the Philistines were destroyed was because of their worship of Baal, which required sacrificing babies. Similarly, the Carthaginians were crushed, in part, because of their child sacrifices.
We’re sacrificing babies to the altar of progressive politics and the ethos of “if it feels good, do it—and don’t worry about the consequences.” I can at least appreciate the hedonist who accepts the bad with the good of his lifestyle—say, the smoker who acknowledges it’s bad for him, but he enjoys doing it anyway. But what kind of monster snuffs out a human life for convenience?
Northam needn’t resign over a picture. But he and other Democrats should fall on their knees in repentance over their endorsement of the mass murder of innocents.