OK, I’m one of the lucky ones, I guess.
No one has yet claimed I sexually harassed them.
But with the epidemic of charges like this – some provably true and others not – I was wondering how you defend yourself against reckless, groundless charges simply made out of spite, hatred, maliciousness or vendetta?
I notice that most of the focus is currently on Judge Roy Moore – the Alabama Senate candidate the left sees as more evil than Satan himself. In fact, I’d say it’s not even a close call.
Not one of the charges against Moore offers any real proof. There are no photographs. They’re all ancient allegations made 40 or more years ago. There were no charges made at the time. In fact, not only is there no proof, there’s no real evidence.
But, on the basis of obviously politically motivated allegations, none of which could ever be adjudicated before the vote in Alabama, Moore is facing possible defeat, the loss of support from his own party, which never liked him anyway, a deeply tarnished character, even a refusal by the Senate to seat him should he win.
Meanwhile, there are senators currently serving who are provably bad actors – Al Franken and Bob Menendez to name two. There are photos of Franken and FBI evidence of sexual exploitation of underage prostitutes on Menendez.
Yet, neither of them is seriously facing removal from the Senate.
How does this work?
What am I missing here?
Apparently, it’s a numbers game.
If enough so-called victims make allegations, little or no evidence is necessary to ruin people.
This is not even a new phenomenon in politics, by the way.
I remember back in 1992 when I was living in California, Barbara Boxer was making her first bid to become a U.S. senator. Her opponent was Bruce Herschensohn, a dear friend, brilliant orator and decent man.
The race was very close, according to all the polls.
But four days before the vote, a sleazy Democratic Party operative named Bob Mulholland began disrupting Herschensohn campaign appearances by shouting: “Should the voters of California elect someone who frequents Hollywood strip joints?”
Naturally, without any evidence to support the charge, the press was all over it like white on rice.
Herschensohn was barraged by press questions about whether there was any substance to the charge. Being the decent, honorable man he is and was, Herschensohn told the truth. Yes, he had once visited a strip club with his girlfriend and another couple.
Then other charges were hurled, with no time left to even deal with them. The worst one I recall from 24 years ago was that he visited a dirty book store.
That was enough to do him in.
He lost the Senate race by five points.
What happened to Bob Muholland? Well, he was fired by the Democratic Party to make it look like he had pulled the stunt on his own. But, following Boxer’s victory, he was hired back weeks later. Today he remains the California Democratic Party’s chief spokesman.
It was one of the last statewide races in which a Republican would ever be a contender, unless you count Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose name is as hard to spell as Herschensohn, as a Republican.
It seems to me, the Democratic Party nationally, with the help of the euphemistically called “mainstream media,” its de facto propaganda arm, has now weaponized this tactic – with the Republican establishment defensively yielding, probably because they are all compromised in some way.
It’s like someone once said: If the Democrats didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.