Truly Hollow Men: The Case of Governor Northam

By Ed Timperlake

The introductory stanza from the great poem “The Hollow Men” by T.S Eliot has no better description in capturing the actions of all the men involved in the events of the last few days in the great Commonwealth of Virginia as the true core beliefs of the recently elected Governor are reveled;

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

As a proud Virginia High School grad and current constituent what Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, a VMI grad and former Army Doctor has said and done is simply stupid and awful, this is a unique moment in American history.

First the Governor advocated the actual murder of a baby drawing a spot on critique of where Governor Northam has positioned the Democrat Party pointed out by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE);

“This is morally repugnant,” Sasse said.

“In just a few years pro-abortion zealots went from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide.’

“I don’t care what party you’re from — if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.”

The Governor’s position on baby murder only drew the normal political theater of “Blah, Blah, Blah”, words without any call to resign.

Without a call to leave office it was the expected normal political theater of shallow and meaningless political posturing by his fellow elected Virginia Democrats, namely, Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, Lt Governor Justin Fairfax and Commonwealth Attorney General Mark Herring.

And then the photos of his Med School year book page came out and everything changed.

As many throughout America could see in a bumbling and soon to be amazing historic press conference, Governor Northam not only  tried to walk away from his Med school horribly racist pictures while also having willful blindness on his VMI nickname of “coonman.”

How could his defenders use the fact that he was a Virginia Military Academy Graduate and Army Doctor to defend his not resigning and then pivot at light speed to call for his resignation only when the nickname and photos came out?

Senor Virginia elected officials, and others who had previously defended his integrity by referencing his being a VMI grad, Army Officer and Doctor, at a truth telling moment in history, these Democrat hollow men came out only because of the pictures going public.

It was only when they were when made public that all changed their position, originally not caring about branding the Democrat party as advocating the murder of babies. What they are now advocating is essentially -Leave just leave you fool before you totally damage our Parties political brand.

In my opinion the Democrat Party is the party of certitude with a trust us know-it-all attitude on many issues, science and medicine included. All have to accept in our need for medical assistance there is such a thing as an arrogant Doctor. But no person in America has to accept the fact that there is such a thing as an arrogant and stupid Doctor and Dr. Northam is the new poster person for that role.

So far he has violated the VMI Honor Code, by making two factually contradictory statements, first it is me in the picture-and then it is not me and also how did it happen?

Regardless of the ultimate truth he lied and the VMI Honor Code states: “A Cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do.”

He has disgraced his Army commission because I doubt he would have been admitted into the modern truly colorblind Army if a recruiting officer had seen the photos.

Finally serving as an active duty Army Doc if he had killed a living breathing baby intentionally he would have not had a chance to be Governor because he would still be in Leavenworth Military Prison.

As far as calls for him to leave and if he doesn’t the well-known ending of the poem “The Hollow Men” may foreshadow the problem the modern Democrat Party finds itself in:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.