So the Left is having a cathartic come to Jesus moment over having stood by Bill Clinton all these years with eyes wide open to his sexual predator nature and the abhorrent treatment his accusers faced at the hands of Team Clinton.
Remember those fun times? A quote from loyalist James Carville inferring Paula Jones was making up being sexual harassed by Bill in return for cash, pretty much sums up the disgustingness of it all.
“Drag a $100 bill through a trailer camp and there’s no telling what you will find”.
Just lovely, and from the so called “pro women” party no less. Liberals finally seem to be coming to terms with their own hypocrisy and the shameful behavior of that era, as two recent and decidedly harsh articles from some surprising sources display. Vox’s “Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned” and the New York Time’s, “I believe Juanita” both offer scathing indictments of the Clintons and their abusive and opportunistic ways.
While it’s hard to tell whether the authors are more upset about Bill Clinton’s behavior and their own non reaction to it, or that it gave Republicans a wedge issue to beat Democrats over the head with for 25 years, it is still nice to see some sort of reckoning, finally, from the Left.
As a recent college graduate, the whole Monica Lewinsky circus was a surreal thing to witness and I recall that time period as my rather bizarre introduction to politics. Pre- Twitter and Facebook mind you, the mainstream news was filled 24/7 with tabloid like details of Oval Office sexcapades, cigars, a new definition for the word “is” and an infamous stained blue dress.
I remember thinking, the President of the United States is a lying pig that takes advantage of his power to abuse women, surely he will be thrown out of office.
Yet we all know he was not. His supporters on the Left, particularly feminists, gave Bill Clinton a pass because of shared politics and their doomsday belief that a Republican president would be utterly catastrophic to their cause. They were so blinded by their own self-righteousness, they put winning political battles over moral decency, which even my politically naive 20 something self could sense was a putrid sort of strategy that stunk to its core.
This was a turning point for me, where my views about the Democratic Party shifted from mere indifference to disgust. Party loyalists lined up to give unquestionable support for Bill while slut shaming his victims and blaming a “vast right wing conspiracy”. Cue feminist leader Betty Friedan:
“Enemies are attempting to bring him down through allegations about some dalliance with an intern…. Whether it’s a fantasy, a set-up or true, I simply don’t care.”
The rank hypocrisy and sheer bankrupt morality of it all turned me permanently away from the Democratic party and the feminist movement and I began to seek out news from alternative sources and really think for myself politically for the first time in my life.
Jumping ahead to 2017 and what do we see? A Senate candidate in Alabama fighting off accusations of having sex with minors by blaming the victims and crying of a conspiracy by “the establishment” to keep him off the ballot. His supporters are not only on board with this but actively trashing his accusers or, worse, justifying the behavior with absurd reference to Joseph and Mary from the Bible.
Aside from what I believe are credible accusations against Roy Moore, he is still a troubling candidate. As a judge, he refused to enforce federal orders he disagreed with on gay marriage and has stated on record that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress. Regardless of your thoughts on gay marriage and Muslims, Roy’s positions here are anathema to the Constitutional workings of our government and the basic tenants of religious freedom. Roy Moore is a very flawed man and is not someone anyone on the Right should be falling on their sword for.
My fellow Conservatives, we need to be extremely mindful in how we represent our philosophy to others, as it is a direct reflection on our own values. This very much includes the candidates we support and their behavior, from the President all the way on down. We must be willing to call them out when they say or do immoral things.
I know the media operates as an arm of the Democratic party and I am as sick to death as anyone over their lies, smear tactics and unfair treatment. I understand too that we are in a battle for the future direction of the country and electing politicians who share our values on individual liberty and religious freedom is essential like never before.
There could not be a better time for a large injection of integrity and decency in to the body politic and that my friends starts with ourselves.