It is all Richard Nixon-style smearing… designed for mouth-breathing audiences, bottom-of-the-barrel, unfair, irrelevant, democracy-polluting garbage that has no more of a legitimate place in campaigns than surreptitiously commandeered laptop camera photographs of the candidates naked. To say such miserable archeological dirt-digging violates the Golden Rule is giving it too much prestige; it violates the Brass Rule, the Tin Rule, and the Cheap Styrofoam Rule. It is the kind of revelation that thrills the jerks who applauded smut-merchant Larry Flynt when he offered a bounty for proof of adulterous affairs in the distant pasts of Republican members of Congress, to support the Lanny Davis “Everybody does it” defense of Bill Clinton’s Monica cover-up.
Mitt Romney was a bully in prep school, George Allen used the word “nigger” when he was a teenager, Jim Webb had sexy passages in his novels, Hillary Clinton’s honors thesis praised Saul Alinsky, Bill Clinton maneuvered to avoid serving in Vietnam, Rick Perry used to go hunting at a lodge rented by his father that was once called “Niggerhead” and a rock with the name on it was still visible even though it was painted over…yes, the Washington Post even gave a front page story to that last one. Ugh, yuck, pooie, gag, ichhhhhhh, ew.
So now we have learned that Bernie Sanders, who is 74 years old, wrote an essay about rape fantasies in 1972, when he was 31 years old. Just as he’s too old (realistically) to be elected President now, he was too young to be elected President then. There’s a reason for that: the Founders believed that a man isn’t mature or experienced enough to be trusted with the job until he is at least 35. The most relevant aspect of Senator Sanders’ creative writing experiment might be that it suggests that Jimmy Madison and the gang were, as usual, right. Otherwise, so what? 43 years ago, I mistreated a wonderful, sweet girl I was dating, and I’m sure she hates me to this day. If my son behaved like I did, I’d ream him out. But that distant incident no more represents who I am today than my exploits on my high school tennis team. Sanders’ essay was written so long ago, it is far beyond the statute of limitations for prosecuting actual rape…you know, like what Hillary Clinton’s husband probably did to Juanita Broderick in Arkansas (Statute of Limitations: 6 years).
Speaking of Hillary, do I see the fingerprints of the Clinton, Incorporated hit squad on these revelations about Sanders? Doesn’t everybody? Hillary will be going into the primaries as a supposed lock on the nomination and election, and also with the most disqualifying history and character of any major party candidate since Andrew Jackson, who was slave-holder and liked to shoot people. All Sanders needs to do is come close to her in the New Hampshire primary, and Hillary’s candidacy is cooked, just as Lyndon Johnson’s re-election was doomed in 1968 when Eugene McCarthy showed strongly in losing to him in the Granite State. Can Sanders, who can be charitably described as an eccentric candidate at best, come close to Clean Gene’s 42% vote against Hillary? I see no reason why he couldn’t.
Of course, it wouldn’t be out of character for the Right to traffic in this spoiled meat either…Brietbart, you know. After all, Bernie is a head-in-the-clouds Scandanavia-style socialist who would like to change “The Star Spangled Banner” to Sweden’s catchy “Du Gamla Du Fria “…Come on, everybody, sing!
Du tysta, Du glädjerika sköna!
Jag hälsar Dig, vänaste land uppå jord,
Din sol, Din himmel, Dina ängder gröna. Du tronar på minnen från fornstora dar,
då ärat Ditt namn flög över jorden.
Jag vet att Du är och Du blir vad du var.
Ja, jag vill leva jag vill dö i Norden.
Jag städs vill dig tjäna mitt älskade land,
din trohet till döden vill jag svära.
Din rätt, skall jag värna, med håg och med hand,
din fana, högt den bragderika bära.
Med Gud skall jag kämpa, för hem och för härd,
för Sverige, den kära fosterjorden.
Jag byter Dig ej, mot allt i en värld
Nej, jag vill leva jag vill dö i Norden.
Entertaining conservative firebrand Ace of Spades, for example, debases himself by arguing that it’s fair to slime Sanders with irrelevant junk like this because the Left would do the same to a conservative. Yes, this is classic unethical Tit for Tat rationalizating, and Ace acknowledges it, but he writes:
[T]here’s a pretty good chance that the left would demagogue me and Speechcraft Trial me as a Thought Rapist.And that’s why we must do the same to Bernie Sanders, and make him defend these So Problematic You Guys words. The left has drawn us all into its insecure, neurotic, grasping, wanting, stupid, paranoid darkness. They have effectively criminalized it to say anything other than “Women are just terrific” and “everything is awesome!”
They are broken, warped people inflicting their psychic tumult on the rest of society. I would like to get to place where we have conversations which are no longer mediated by the mentally unstable and undermedicated. But to do that, we have to teach these wretched monsters the evils of their own ways. And to do that, we need to play tit for tat.
No, Ace, you don’t. When we do that, all we do is lower the standards permanently all the way into the gutter, and teach the public that, for example, the kind of dishonest, slanderous, despicable tactics the Democrats used on Mitt Romney in 2012 (“Romney lost, didn’t he?”—Sen. Harry Reid), are acceptable. People on both sides thinking like Ace is why our democracy has fallen so far: you don’t reform the unethical by adopting their tactics, you just give them license to be even worse. Tit for Tat sends the culture into an ethics death spiral. How anyone could observe the deterioration in U.S. politics over the last 20 years and make Ace’s argument is a mystery to me.
Bernie Sanders should be attacked on substance; heaven knows there’s plenty of substance to attack him on. Dredging up four decades old soft-porn musings demeans us all.