Time for comeuppance when discretion outweighs ambition

Physically walking the tightrope is a dangerous proposition.  Figuratively walking the tightrope in today’s politically correct society is stupid.  I’m about to be stupid..

Roy Moore is running for the senate seat in Alabama vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  He is not a well-liked man by the Republican establishment or the Democrats because of his views.

He was leading in the polls and it seemed like he would become the next senator of Alabama.  And then women started coming out of the woodwork accusing him of sexual misconduct 40 years ago when they were teenagers.  He vehemently denies the allegations while they tearfully relay their stories.

The new monster of the day is a womanizing pedophile.  Granted both traits are abhorrent but I like the quaint idea of innocent until proven guilty.  And therein lies the problem with a she said/he said scenario.  The truth is almost impossible to decipher.

It is fair to be suspicious of the timing of the accusations with the special election for the senate seat on December 12. The Republican establishment is almost gleefully running to the microphones to say Moore should quit the race.  He should, if the allegations are true.

On the other hand, we have no reason to doubt his accusers.  Why would any woman put herself through the shame and pain of media coverage unless it were true?  But, then again, why wait 40 years when the man is 70 and running for office?  However, five women coming forward with almost the same story begins to look like a pattern.

Who do you believe?  Do not listen to what the media says about the issue because most liberals, I mean reporters, have are anti-conservative regardless of facts.  Do you think we’d get the same breathless coverage if the accused were Bill Clinton?

My initial knee jerk reaction is to think this is a classic “October Surprise” but I cannot dismiss a person coming forward with information unless there is a clear motive of a political agenda.  I can rationalize the timing as women driven by principle and feeling liberated after the Harvey Weinstein revelations. And yet, 40 years is a long time to wait for principle to kick in.

If the allegations are true, not enough bad things can happen to Moore to satisfy my sense of justice.  And, if the allegations are not true I have the same desire for the women who are soiling a man’s reputation for someone else’s political gain.  Hey, it’s only fair.

Every person that has ever been “forced” to comply to another person’s sick desires should have their day of triumph – providing their stories are true.

I put the word forced in quotes because every person has a choice.  I understand the feeling of helplessness and feeling pressured to comply – especially when ambition outweighs discretion.  However, we all have the ability to say no and walk away and say, “You know what; fame and power is not worth this price.”

Of course, this viewpoint does not pertain if a man overpowers a woman and her only way out is to comply to avoid further injuries or scars. But, we still have the choice to come forward the next day – not years later when an opportunity presents itself.

That leads to unnecessary suspicion and doubt on both sides.  The truth is none of knows the truth in this matter.  We do know politicians and the media are seizing this opportunity to drive their own agenda and we are the fools allowing it.

Where is the justice if Moore is innocent and loses?  Where is the justice if he is guilty and wins?  Where is the justice for these women if he us guilty but after their 15 minutes of fame nothing happens to him?

The problem I have is with the above questions.  Why are we asking about justice in terms of the effect on a senate seat?  Shouldn’t we be seeking justice in terms of the lives affected by this fiasco?

 

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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