We Reap What We Sow

It’s easy to toss labels and dismiss our so called President as a hate filled racist. To blame him for the obvious divide that exists in our country. To point to the recent spate of mass murders as evidence of Trump’s poisonous effect on our society. The truth isn’t that simple though. To truly heal as a nation America is going to have to realize that Trump isn’t the cause of America’s ills, he’s the result.

‪The embodiment of the 21st century American dream. A child of the 1% with no discernible talents, skills or virtues beyond that of self promotion. A self aggrandizing narcissist with an unhealthy obsession for celebrity and fame‬.

More than the violence portrayed in video games and entertainment over the past generation what America has truly placed value on is fame and celebrity, at any cost. Time and again greed and avarice has been rewarded with magazine covers and reality tv shows.

Talentless hacks have launched fashion, music, reality tv, and pop culture empires with no qualifications beyond a well timed sex tape, teen pregnancy, failed audition, sound bite or in some cases drunken debauchery. Amoral executives celebrated for the ungodly sums of money they have amassed as their workers struggle pay check to check anxious in the knowledge they are one unforeseen expense away from ruin.

Billionaires who boast about paying a lower tax rate than the chauffeurs who drive them around town. Who unironically cite their ability to artificially manipulate the free market as proof of their economic genius and capitalist ability. Corrupt politicians who lack all empathy and who care more for the unborn than the living. Who sell their influence to the highest lobbyist and unabashedly serves the party over we, the people.

More than the problem Donald Trump is a symptom of what plagues America. Our so called President stands for nothing and cares only for power, fame and money. He is driven by ratings and vengeance, and looks only for the next score to settle, a deal to win. All he knows is how to marginalize, belittle, conflate, de-legitimize and, when necessary, squash dissent and opposition. Doing so allows him to continue presenting alternative facts, only now without the alternatives. Lies then become truth, and perception reality

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Resign Ralph

Neither left nor right has a monopoly on poor leadership.

Governor Northam is but the latest hypocrite to be exposed on the left and should serve as a lesson.

Poor leaders destroy a culture. Whether it be a national, state or local leader, or an office boss or head of household, a strong, trusted voice is required for sustained success. Groups crave the security that a good structure and clear direction provide. To establish routine, social responsibility and community requires an inherent trust in a decision maker.

Regardless of size, once a majority of members lose faith and trust in their leader, the tribe begins to unravel. Productivity wanes, what once were minor snafus begin full blown catastrophes. Communities unravel, factions form, and before long the whole is toxic and dysfunctional.

Governor Northam has irreversibly lost the confidence of the majority of his constituents. The longer he remains in office the worst it will be for Virginians. The reason he must resign has little to do with his views on race, but mostly on his ability to effectively lead. Simply put he is unable to deliver a key job requirement of a governor.

I for one will never trust the judgment of a white man who can only remember the other time they dressed in blackface, not the one for which they are now maybe accused (he may have been of the klansman.).

Accusations that seem pretty credible seeing as how the picture appeared on his medical yearbook page and he had never mentioned this colossal potentially career ending fuck up before. Accusations that are further strengthened when you consider that in his prior yearbook his nickname was also com incidentally listed as “Coonman!”

Alas, that is not the point. This should be an easy decision for Northam because he is unable to lead and his party has asked him to do the right thing. His Lieutenant Justin Fairfax is a fellow Democrat and capable successor.

Interestingly, though he shares Northam’s political views, Fairfax does not share his skin color. Is it fair to wonder if that has far more to do with the decision to remain in the office than the sudden cries of innocence. Perhaps Ralph hasn’t evolved quite as much as he claims #ResignRalph

Resign Now Northam

The only thing Governor Northam is sorry for is the fact that his secret was exposed. For 35 years he knew of the pictures existence. Heck he memorialized its existence in a yearbook that probably sits on some bookshelf on his plantation.

If Northam was truly sorry, at some point in his public service he would have gotten ahead of the story. Given an authentic and genuine speech about mistakes of his youth. Errors in judgment born by ignorance and immaturity, not animus.

He’s had the platform and opportunity to condemn his past actions and chose not to. That speaks far more about his conscience than any forced apology.

This one is pretty simple. If, as a white male, at any point in your life you thought

1) it a good idea to either pose in blackface or pose as a KKK klansman next to a man in blackface

AND

2) decided the picture was so great you just had to include it in your MEDICAL SCHOOL YEARBOOK to be memorialized for all time

Then you not only deserve a lifetime ban from public office; you should never be allowed to hold a leadership position at all, period.

Some moments of poor judgment have a lifetime of consequence. This is one of them #Resign

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/01/us/politics/ralph-northam-yearbook-blackface.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur