Al Franken posed for the publicity camera as a looming boob-grabber while a female performer slept fully garbed (and armed) in camo and flak jacket. It was over ten years ago when he was an entertainer doing a benefit for the troops in Iraq. He’s a senator now. Democrat. The GOP want his head to roll. He apologized. The co-performer accepted the apology. No problem. But it IS still a problem……
Bill Clinton had ‘relations’ with that woman and is now being slagged again for that unseemly affair but it is important to note that Monica took full ownership of her role in the matter and was emphatic that it was consensual. She did not raise the matter again. So, two adults consensually engaged and yet it is still a problem…..
The brief point I am trying to make is that there is something else at play here…..what is it?
Of course, there is the real issue of sexual harassment and all that that includes from my argument for due process to my further argument that some it is just rude behaviour and not worthy of such hysteria all the way to the cultural disease that discriminates against women in all sorts of ways. And genuinely victimizes some in criminal ways. The topic is a huge one and does need a bright light shone on it.
So, what’s the problem?
Part of it is that the topic, the legitimate one – has now been hijacked by partisan politics. Each of the American parties is now muckraking NOT to promote the discussion, not to create a social dialogue, not to resolve resolvable issues but rather simply to bludgeon the other side. “Your pig is worse than our pig!”
That is yet ANOTHER element of the sickness that plagues politics today and has turned so many away from the mainstream media and the governing process we should all be part of.
Why can’t this topic be discussed without scapegoating, martyring and condemning? Why do heads have to roll? Convicted rapists, child molesters, maybe even severely egregious sexual harassment perps, all deserving of public flogging and rolling heads…OK…maybe them. But that should NOT mean that civilized discussion should not make up the greater bulk of the stories. Instead, we get more and more fingers pointing, more and more public tarring and feathering, more and more hysteria.
Sexual harassment is bad. Public shaming is also bad. Political blaming is NOT what the politicians are there for. And all that we stand for as a civilized society is being dismissed and ignored along with law and due process while this wallowing in the gutter continues.
All this under Trump’s presidency.
“C’mon, Dave! That’s a stretch. You sayin’ Trump caused Al Franken to pose as a boob-grabber? You sayin’ that he is urging the tarring and feathering of all and sundry when he himself grabs pussies?”
No. Of course not. What I am saying is that the president has a history of being crude, rude and vulgar, he is a nasty, divisive, anti-social racist and misogynist that has, by his mere existence, given license to mud-slinging and unfounded prejudices and discriminations. Trump is the vulgar-in-chief and has set the tone for this, the current witch hunt mood in the nation. He established the nasty tone in the voices we are now hearing.
“Doesn’t that mean he should get some weird kind of credit for being the catalyst for this social ‘correction’ we are seeing?”
Ironically, yes. Maybe Trump’s piggyness has prompted outrage where outrage was needed and overdue (although some of it should sure-as-hell be directed his way) and maybe that is good thing. Maybe it took the election of a real sexist to outrage enough women to point to others. Maybe we had to slip this far to see where it was all heading…I dunno….
But one thing is for sure. When you want Al Franken or even Roy Moore to resign over such issues as posing for a bad-taste camera picture or a 35 year old unproven allegation, the mood is ugly, stupid, hysterical and warped. And who does that sound like?