As the talking heads pontificate over consequences for sexual misconduct, the real question is being overlooked, seemingly in a very deliberate and unsettling manner.
Sure, sexual misconduct is unconscionable…even actionable, in some cases. And the victims of such abuse always deserve to be heard, and given consideration.
But, do those victims have an incontestable status? Is there no need for burden of proof, when lives or careers of those accused are hanging in the balance?
We all know there are always those who would abuse the privilege such an untouchable status would provide – be it for attention, power, glory, money…or spite. (And we’ve all seen that political Parties are not above the use of a smear to gain partisan advantage.)
In today’s heightened partisan scrum, that’s an important fact to remember. During the height of rancor in Bill Clinton’s escapades, a vile Democrat pundit said if you ‘drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.’ And it’s not beyond the pale to believe Democrats may have been trolling trailer-parks of late.
Knowing the chicanery Democrats are capable of, is it wrong to be skeptical?
They’ve weaponized the intelligence agencies against political opponents, fabricated sleaze documents to smear a Presidential candidate…does anyone think they’re not ready to pad the bank accounts of a few women willing to help smear Roy Moore?
We are not to blame for a healthy cynicism that Democrats created through misdeeds.
Having seen the depths that Party will sink to for political advantage, to accuse as being insensitive or callous those who ask for proof from Moore accusers IS beyond the pale.
Yes – those who claim abuse deserve to be heard…as do those they accuse. Any less a standard opens the door for the manipulative, to many levels of mud-slinging tactics.
Who among us is willing to let their lives be smeared, ruined…without challenge?