1 Ethics Dunces: Anyone who can’t understand why Rep. Trent Franks should resign. I have been reading some conservative commentators who say that the Republican Congressman wasn’t sexually harassing anyone, just guilty of inappropriate conversation….you know, like asking female staff members if he and his wife could rent their uteruses. That is per se sexual harassment. I am stunned: after all of the foofaraw and finger-pointing, witch-hunting and grandstanding, people still don’t know that words alone—“Hey, do you wanna fuck?” and “Oo Oo baby, you are one hot mama this morning! The way that skirt hugs those curves..wow. I’m having a hard time restraining myself!”…oh, and don’t forget, “I’ve been thinking about your uterus lately: can I use it for nine months?” can make someone feel uncomfortable in the workplace, and thus can constitute sexual harassment. Whether a single comment is enough to qualify as “pervasive” is always an issue, but Franks, who apparently had his ethics alarms installed by the Three Stooges, made the request to two staffers, so he effectively poisoned his work environment for every woman in it. Claiming, as one left-leaning site did, that Franks was using his high office to re-enact “The Handmaid’s Tale” goes a bit too far (it’s funny, though), but no one as clueless as Franks should be part of the government.
UPDATE: Franks was offering $5 million for use of the uterus. Whether he was proposing actual intercourse is unclear.
2. “Very interesting theory, but you overlook one very important point! Is stupid. Is most stupid theory I ever heard!” –Sidney Wang (Peter Sellers) in “Murder by Death.” by Neil Simon That theory, which I have now heard others raise, and that I sniffed out a few days ago, is the Democrat/progressive fantasy that if they make every member of Congress who has been accused of sexual misconduct resign, they have a new and powerful means to try to force President Trump out of office.
They need a new and powerful theory, because the Emoluments Claus (Santa’s inscrutable younger brother) is a non-starter, the 25th Amendment doesn’t apply, the Russian investigation is not finding any high crimes and misdemeanors (just sleazy Trump team members), the “obstruction of justice” theory is risible, and a desperate and thin impeachment resolution put forth by the Congressional Black Caucus just lost 368-58. This one is that if they establish that allegations of past sexual misconduct without due process, admission of guilt or evidence mandates high elected officials resigning (as Bill Clinton did not, but he’s going to be retroactively forced to resign in an alternate universe, or something, thus cleansing Democrats, feminists and the complicit news media of their cynical hypocrisy and altering the present by changing the past, like in “The Terminator” or “Back to the Future”), President Trump will be forced to resign because of the Access Hollywood tape and his alleged accusers.
Not that this is more ridiculous than many of the other ways the Democrats and “the resistance” have plotted to overturn the election results they promised to respect when they assumed they would win, but it’s still indefensible. Voters decided, wrongly or not, that they didn’t care about this, all of which they knew about before they elected Trump. None of the alleged misconduct occurred while the President was in office (unlike in the cases of Clinton, Franken, Conyers, Packwood and Franks) nor are they only recently disclosed allegations of pre-election misconduct that were not known to voters before the official in question was elected (as in the cases of Franken and Clinton). None of the elected officials who have resigned are analogous to the President.
Are journalists, pundits and the Democratic plotters really so dim that they can’t see this, or are they just trying to bluff through—again—an intellectually dishonest anti-Trump theory? I guess Hanlon’s Razor applies: stupidity over malice.
I know I have mentioned this already here and there, but please etch it on your brain so you can tell your Facebook friends who espouse the “If Franken must go, so must Trump” theory that they are embarrassing themselves, because they are.
The Democrats have a duly elected Representative from Florida, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, in fact, by the name of Alcee Hastings. He’s been representing Florida’s 20th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1993,—that’s 24 years. He was elected after he was impeached as a Federal judge by the Democrat majority U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 413–3, and then convicted by the Senate, becoming only the sixth Federal judge to be so removed from office. Knowing all of this, the 2oth elected him to Congress. He is the Democratic Roy Moore, except that Moore just defied the law, while Hastings broke it to line his own pockets, as a federal judge. (Hasting was acquitted in his trial, because co-conspirator, William Borders, refused to testify, going to jail instead. Then President Clinton pardoned Borders. Isn’t this a nice story?
If you don’t think a judge taking bribes is more serious by far than imposing a sloppy kiss on an unconsenting colleague as Franken was accused of, you have some strange values or you are Kirsten Gillibrand. Why, then, is nobody calling for Hastings’ resignation? It is because his misconduct was known by voters when he ran the first time, and every time since, exactly as the allegations against Trump were known a year ago. Now, if Democrats can get Hastings to resign, then their Plan F (or is it G?) to undo the election will be slightly less idiotic.
Good luck with that.
3. Or is alleged groping worse than alleged bribery? Wait, what? Democrats are completely incoherent ethically. Senator Bob Menendez was not just accused of bribery, he was put on trial for it. He wasn’t acquitted: there was a mistrial. The Senator denies the allegations. Are any Democrats (or Republicans) demanding that he resign? No. He is being permitted due process. Senator Franken has been accused, as a Senator, of copping feels with three women during photo ops. Again, this is not within a Hubbell Telescope viewing of bribery as a disqualification for high elected office, except when one’s party has been so thoroughly exposed as cynical frauds regarding women’s rights that someone has to be thrown into the volcano. I have yet to hear anyone make a case why Menendez–1) allegations of criminal conduct in office 2) with evidence 3) that he denies–isn’t under fire by his party, and Franken—1) allegations of non-criminal conduct, and civil violations while not in office, without evidence 2) without due process 3) that he denies-–was pushed out.
I suspect because there isn’t a case to be made.
4. This will not end well—for women. Increasingly, I am reading conservatives who say, “Well, this is easy. Just avoid hiring women, or having anything to do with them in the workplace.” The feminist mob is asking for this reaction. They can’t have it both ways. “We demand to be treated like equals in the workplace, but we will always have the special power to destroy our male bosses and colleagues by unsubstantiated accusations of harassment or other sexual misconduct, because we are always telling the truth, have no ulterior motives, and must be believed.”
I saw this years ago, when after I gave a sexual harassment seminar to a very cynical and barely attentive New York law firm, the EEOC expert there told me that he never brought female associates with him to assist with cases requiring travel, because he didn’t want to be subject to sexual harassment claims.
I said, “Wait—so to avoid unjust accusations of sexual harassment, you, the firms’ equal opportunity law specialist, intentionally engage in sexual discrimination??
His answer: “What choice do I have?”
Be afraid, women.
Be very afraid.