Roy Exum: When Can We Change?

Friday, February 8, 2019 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

I dare say that I’ve changed a good bit in the past 40 years, some for the good and some for the bad. I have also watched my friends, as well as some talking faces on TV, politicians, church preachers, and many, many more of oft-heralded The Legion of Fellow Strugglers. All of us change. Don’t believe you have changed? Sit on the sofa with your mom and the family scrapbook and you may go into shock.

Just as we have changed, those who live in the rainbow-colored fantasy world have greatly changed in 40 years. For the good? For the bad? Who is to say without evidence and a lack of trust. Three of the top Democrats in the state of Virginia are enduring a nation’s wrath for what may or may not have happened 40 years ago.

The fact these are Democrats doesn’t faze me in the slightest. They are being scorned by “little people” without proof. Republican Democrat, Jew or Hindu – that is secondary to the truth each is an America citizen.

In my files you will find Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has been a fine man for most of his life, a dutiful servant of the people. But earlier this week we saw him trying to be the same steady steward of the Commonwealth when an alleged victim stepped toward to say Fairfax sexually mauled her during the Democratic National Convention when it was held in Chicago back in July 2004.

I am not judge but after what surfaced in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court, it is obvious his fellow Dems still like to loudly scream. They are hoping their cries drown out common sense, and they love a brawl, using rumor and innuendo before the truth can stand alone. By the time all is done, some judge will dismiss charges on the same rabble that shows up time after time

In yesterday’s Washington Post, its quite liberal editorial board demanded Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam resign. It was explained Northam had appeared in some sort of dance and showed up wearing some type of black face. Their proof? A grainy copy of an amateur joke showed up in Northam’s 1980 medical-school yearbook. I am willing to bet $500, that Northam has done more for African-American children than any other person in the state but why is it our ears are deaf to all but the idiots?

What trash wants to confront a man’s integrity and go against every principle of fair law we have? The woman behind the Fairfax allegations is Vanessa Tyson, who kept quiet for 40 years, until she read Fairfax was stumping to become the state’s next Lt. Governor.

Tyson lawyered up, hired the same firm in D.C. that represented Christine Blasey Ford, the fallen accuser of Justice Kavanaugh. “Reading Dr. Tyson’s account is painful. I have never done anything like what she suggests,” she said. And here’s some irony: if Northam were to succumb to the haters’ wishes, and resign, the law demands that the Lt. Governor become his successor.

On Wednesday Virginia’s Attorney General, Mark R. Herring, issued a statement that, yes, he had donned black face, too, during college. Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City) added his name to the scandal, saying he was the was managing editor of the VMI yearbook in 1968. The edition included racial photography and racial slurs.

Other admissions are expected to be added in the next week or two but, mind you, there was hardly as much sympathy in our nation back then. While today’s sensitivity and heightened awareness is wonderful, it is clearly apparent the longer we whip a dead mule, rehashing the bad things from a previous generation gives us far less time to deal with the more-pressing issues of today.

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