Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for the resignation of Senator Al Franken saying “we need to draw a line in the sand and say [no sexual harassment] is acceptable . . . we as elected leaders . . . should be fundamentally valuing women.” With the righteous sword of justice in her hand, Gillibrand saw fit to stab Franken. Curious though how Gillibrand’s hand had no such moral compass when it came to the Clintons who, for many years, have supported her campaigns.
It is a wonder how sexual harassment has spontaneously combusted. We postulate this is part of the movement toward liberal utopia, where elites rule. In this land no one has too much, only the elite. Life’s strife is melted by the fair hand of government. Crass consumerism gives way to what’s needed vs. what’s wanted. We are now in Phase II of the liberal triad.
Ah, but you ask what is the triad? Simply stated it is racism, maternalism, and communism.
Racism, is the foundation that provides liberals moral and intellectual justification. Maternalism is a world run by women (vs. paternalism a world run by men) that ensures a woman’s nurturing instincts will breed peaceful coexistence. And, communism is the economic and political structure that rations what people receive and secures power for elites.
Upon the election of President Barak Obama, one would imagine that liberals would have taken a bow. In their minds, they transformed a nation with a deplorable past of slavery and elevated it to elect a biracial president. For a moment it appeared we had achieved a post racial society and liberals could now tend to global warming, gay marriage, and income inequality.
But those other items brought no moral superiority. There just weren’t enough folk who saw global warming a priority and too many didn’t believe that man was the primary source. Gay marriage was quickly embraced, and the issue was over. Income inequality didn’t register in a land where freedom of opportunity, by its nature, breeds inequality. So liberals responded by resurrecting racism. Only now it would be permanent and Obama would put his stamp on it by declaring that racism was in Americans’ DNA.
Racism made liberals morally superior, which was then conflated to be intellectually superior. The latter means they never have to explain or justify a position. Branding you – the opposition - a racist is sufficient fact, conclusion, and verdict. As such, with Obama in office, liberals white washed all Americans who did not agree with the president as racists and resurrected the scourge of past slavery with vengeance.
With racism reestablished, the movement is now toward maternalism. The time is ripe, as there are no powerful Democrats, a la Bill Clinton, that need protecting. With the road clear, sexual harassment can now be politically weaponized.
The Democrats at first hesitated to “eat their own”, but the calculus changed when President Trump backed Roy Moore. Congressman John Conyers and Senator Al Franken were irrelevant politicians to be sacrificed in the name of women and the elevation of Democrats to the moral high ground.
While it may be shrewd politics, this is a dangerous situation of conviction by allegation. Merely complimenting a woman can become grounds for misconduct and removal. But, as one-woman feminist said on the Fox News show Tucker Carlson Tonight, “if some men get wrongly blamed that’s OK, it’s a small price for the decades of abuse women had to endure.” However, this attitude is opposed to how justice works.
Judge Roy Moore is no saint. But did he molest underage girls? From a jurisprudence stand point, he is innocent until held guilty by a jury of his peers. If we deviate from this, then anyone can be blackmailed into a discordant act.
If sexual abuse abounds for women, why have so many women risen beyond it? In Hollywood, of all places, think Mary Tyler Moore, Oprah, and Tina Turner. Then there are Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg, CEO of HP Meg Whitman, or Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. All these women in high places has nothing to do with their gender. They are just good at what they do, and in a free society individuals can rise to their level of talent and ambition.
Sexual harassment can be real, demeaning, and at the extremes criminal. But allegations are unproven accusations. Permitting the media to act as judge of whether an allegation is credible and then proceeding to trial by social media, is a path that will eviscerate centuries of established due process for justice in a free society.