Months after scandals brought disgrace to the Virginia state government, Democrats in the Virginia legislature are expressing regret after calling Virginia Governor Ralph ‘Coonman’ Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to be held accountable and resign for their racist and sexist actions.
“I’m sorry we did,” state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) said of how she and others attacked Northam and Fairfax, adding that “there were a lot of life lessons” learned from the fiasco including, “Don’t rush to judgment.”
“Statements were made before people even talked to the governor,” said State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st), who initially called for resignations before backtracking.
The delusion only worsened from there as Democrats continued to pat themselves on the back for refusing to hold their disgraced officials accountable.
“Our session was a success,” said state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th), perhaps trying to convince himself this was the case.
“We need to contemplate first,” Ebbin added, making it clear that he wants Democrats to protect their own corrupt leaders.
“Make sure you know your facts, particularly if you know the whole world is watching,” said Del. Mark Levine (D-45th), although he did not mention how any facts have changed since the initial reports.
In late January, Big League Politics broke a story featuring pictures of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s old college yearbook page where there was a picture of a man in blackface was standing next to a man in a Klan uniform. It was later determined that Northam, whose old nickname was ‘Coonman’, was the gentleman in blackface.
“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,” Northam said at the time. “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.”
“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment,” he added.
Big League Politics has also reported frequently on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s alleged history of violent sexual acts toward women.
Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by Vanessa Tyson, a political science professor at Scripps College in Claremont, California, who claims he raped her during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
“In my ideal world, I’d want him to resign.” Tyson said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “I would want Meredith, myself, and Mr. Fairfax to be able to speak. To be heard. And particularly for survivors, I think this is incredibly important…we need to be treated as the human beings that we are.”
Tyson referred to another accuser in Meredith Watson, who claims Fairfax raped her while they attended Duke University. Fairfax steadfastly denies the women’s claims and even reportedly flew into a rage over the accusations saying a sexist slur about the victim: “F*ck that b*tch.”
This was Fairfax’s official response:
— Justin Fairfax (@LGJustinFairfax) February 6, 2019
Despite the fact that there has been no accountability, Democrats are ready to move on and give the benefit of the doubt of their racist and sexist leaders in the state of Virginia.
“We all want Virginia to be a better place,” Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) said.
The Democrats did not apply the same standard to Judge Roy Moore in Alabama, who they railroaded out of a Senate seat with false charges, or Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, whose life they tried to destroy in a similar manner. Hypocrisy has become a holy sacrament of sorts for partisan liberals.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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