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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is under increased pressure to resign after a second woman came forward to accuse him of sexually assaulting her when they were students at Duke University. This woman’s attorney says she was enraged at the attempts to slander his first accuser. She also released emails and Facebook messages to prove she had talked about the alleged rape with friends years ago, so it’s not inspired by recent publicity. Fairfax denied it, claiming it’s part of a “vicious and coordinated smear campaign,” and refused to resign.
Among Democrats calling on Fairfax to step down are a number of US House members from Virginia, the state legislature’s Black Caucus, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Senators and Presidential hopefuls Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren.
But the situation in Virginia is very tough for Democrats because it shows what happens when situational ethics run afoul of complicated and contradictory situations. So let’s try to untangle this Gordian knot for them:
Using the same standard Democrats applied to then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, any woman who accuses a man of sexual assault must be believed, and even if the man professes his innocence, he should shut up, step down and take his punishment because all men have it coming (thank you, Sen. Mazie Hirono.) But that seemed to apply only to Republican men, since Democrats elected Keith Ellison as Attorney General of Minnesota just last November, despite domestic violence allegations. And of course, Bill Clinton is in the “Democrats Who Wiggled Out of Sexual Assault Charges” Hall of Fame.
But in this case, with the rise of the MeToo movement, the seriousness and detail of the charges, and the lack of political motivation by the accusers, Democrats feel under heavy pressure to demand Fairfax’s resignation. But here’s complication #2: both the Governor and Attorney General are also under pressure to resign because they wore (or allegedly wore) blackface makeup at parties when they were college students in the ‘80s. That's the kind of PC charge of violating a current taboo that didn’t exist 40 years ago, but we’re talking about Democrats here, and their moral standards change and “evolve” faster than their interpretations of the Constitution.
Yet another complication: if all three men are forced to resign, the next in line for the Governor’s seat is Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox. That would violate the one and only immutable rule of morality for Democrats: “Never willingly give up power.” That leaves many virtue-signaling Democrats in the uncomfortable position of arguing that two white guys who wore blackface should stay in office, but the black Lt. Governor should step down, even though he’s professing his innocence and hasn’t been charged or convicted. No matter what stand they take, they can be accused of either hypocrisy, racism, sexism or putting politics above justice.
This is why it’s better to be a Christian conservative: you have a set of moral standards that doesn’t change with each situation, so you don’t run into these kinds of conflicts. For instance:
I argued that Brett Kavanaugh deserved due process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. I’d argue the same for Fairfax, even though his politics are diametrically opposed to mine. If he denies the allegations but there’s convincing evidence, then let him be charged. If convicted, he will have to step down. If not, but he’s lost the voters’ trust, then they can remove him at the next election.
As for the other two: the blackface was a poor choice -- although there might be mitigating circumstances: it’s possible the costumes in the Northam photo were juvenile attempts to mock racist stereotypes, and Attorney General Mark Herring was only 19 at the time and meant it as a tribute to his favorite rapper, Kurtis Blow. They were young and immature, times change, and a heartfelt apology for their youthful stupidity might be enough to satisfy most people. I say that even though it would keep Democrats in power, and I’d say it for a Republican, too, even though it always seems to be Democrats who have blackface makeup or a KKK robe in their closets.
Finally, having a moral code based on the Bible rather than PC fads and political expedience, I think Northam should still step down -- because anyone who endorses letting a baby struggle for its life while the parents and abortion doctors stand around debating whether to save it or not is a reprehensible monster who doesn’t deserve to hold any public office with power over the lives of others. It’s a shame that point has been completely buried by all these other issues, but I suspect the media have emphasized the other issues over it deliberately -- and with great relief at having anything else to talk about other than the Democrats’ embrace of infanticide.
And speaking of that: How far has the Democratic Party fallen when its elected Representatives refuse to go on record as to whether or not they support infanticide?
In the South, we joke that if someone sees a stupid and self-destructive action and wants to outdo it, he says, “Hold muh beer!” Well, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam just gave us a literal illustration of the “Hold muh beer!” scenario.
If you want to see why so few Americans have any respect anymore for office holders in Washington, or if you missed last weekend’s professional wrestling matches and need a fix, then read this story about the House hearing Friday to question Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, who probably won’t even be in office for more than another week. Democrats postured, posed, preened and pounded their chests like WWE wannabes, embarrassing not only themselves but the American governmental system in front of the world. It reminded me of those news clips from Asian nations where parliamentary sessions erupt into brawls.
I would say this to Gerald Nadler, Sheila Jackson Lee and all the rest who seem so intent on demanding that Robert Mueller never be fired, or in any way held to account; that he, in effect, be treated as a one-man fourth branch of government, superior to the other three with no checks or balances whatsoever:
If he hasn’t been fired already, after stacking his investigation with known lying, partisan political hacks; blowing millions of taxpayer dollars investigating a conspiracy for which there is zero evidence; violating virtually every rule of proper prosecutorial conduct; turning a blind eye to the use of tainted and unvetted “evidence” to obtain FISA warrants under false pretenses; and wasting taxpayer money to stage an elaborate, irresponsible and over-the-top mafia-style, guns-drawn, pre-dawn raid for the TV cameras on a 66-year-old man and his hearing-impaired wife; then what makes you think there’s any outrage he could pull that would get him fired? No matter how corrupt, partisan, dishonest, self-aggrandizing or disdainful of the law he may be, he’s obviously never going to get the heave-ho from his job that he richly deserves. So relax: his place in Washington is just as safe as yours is.
Today in Socialism: Chicago officials plan the test the theory that they’ve allowed the city to get so bad that you couldn’t pay people to live there.
Conservative writers are still enjoying slicing and dicing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey’s “Green New Deal” that was posted online and quickly yanked after it was greeted with gales of laughter. I think some writers might have literally laughed themselves silly. Here’s an excerpt from Jonah Goldberg’s article, which was inspired by his love of cows in “Far Side” cartoons and his outrage over the GND’s proposal to eliminate “farting cows.” Brace yourself:
“It would be udder chaos as each cow tried to be neither seen nor herd because the steaks would be so high. I know I’m milking this by butchering a very serious topic. I don’t want to steer you wrong, and I understand why you might have a beef with all of these puns that have moved pasture your lactose tolerance.” But “don’t have a cow.”
In the obituaries this week, former Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving Congress member in history (nearly six decades), passed away at home Thursday at 92. Dingell was one of the toughest Democratic partisans ever in Congress, and an early backer of universal health care. But his method of intimidating visitors by mounting the head of a 500-pound boar in his office and telling them how he killed it with a pistol as it charged him would probably make many modern members of his party hit the fainting couch.
Fellow Fox News commentator Bob Massi, an expert on law and real estate who was known to fans as “The Property Man,” died at home in Nevada Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.
And longtime film actor Albert Finney died Thursday in London at 82. Finney grew up poor and remained humble. Although he was compared to Spencer Tracy and Laurence Olivier, and had memorable roles in big hits such as “Skyfall,” he preferred small films, character parts and stage work to pursuing stardom. He turned down the lead in “Lawrence of Arabia” and didn’t want the knighthood title of “Sir,” saying it “slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery.” Even though he was nominated for Oscars five times, he declined to fly to L.A. and attend. He said, “It seems silly to go over there and beg for an award.” Both his talent and his attitude will be sorely missed in Hollywood.
Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of all three men.
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