[Actually, it’s late at night. Somehow today’s original warm-up vanished; not sure how. It’s back now. Sorry for whatever it was...and my apologies for the confusion. Luckily, the comments were preserved.]
1. #MeToo, ethics corrupter. The Kavanaugh hearing fiasco shows that #MeToo, like Black Lives Matter, has become an ethics corrupter. It has handed women the power to destroy men without fairness, proportion or due process, and because power does, in fact, corrupt, the results have been predictable. Since it involves tribal divisions and victim-mongering, Democrats have benefited from the movement, while acceding to making misandry fashionable and acceptable, just as the party embraced Black Lives Matter with its promotion of anti-white racism and the vilification of police.
Once #MeToo started being about partisan political gain rather than recognizing the serious problem of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace and elsewhere, it compromised its objectives and eroded its credibility. If Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser refuses to appear before the Judiciary Committee, her motives and those of her supporters will be in plain sight.
They should be anyway. Were it not for the news media’s near complete abdication of its duty to inform the public without regard for how facts will affect elections, Democrats would already be thoroughly exposed as hypocrites. How in the world can leaders of the Democratic Party demand a futile FBI investigation of a 30-year-old incident at a high school party while the party’s own co-chair, Keith Ellison, has been credibly accused of domestic abuse, a current, provable crime that #MeToo cares about, and he has not been suspended, investigated, or even widely criticized?
#MeToo power is also being used to censor dissent. Ian Buruma, the editor of the New York Times Review of Books has been forced to resign because he approved an essay by a #MeToo-targeted journalist who was eventually acquitted in court. His essay described how public accusations alone, without verification or confirmation, are enough to destroy a mans’s life and livelihood. “There has indeed been enough humiliation for a lifetime,” the author, Jian Ghomeshi wrote. “I cannot just move to another town and reboot with a pseudonym. I’m constantly competing with a villainous version of myself online. This is the power of a contemporary mass shaming.” The #MeToo social media mob was so outraged that it drove Burama to resign.
And he was so good at making sure almost every book review included some Trump-bashing, too!
2. Over at “The View,” that lamentable daytime TV monster created by Barbara Walters that offers left-wing talking points dripping from the maws of has-been comics, Joy Behar, the nastiest of the crew since Rosie O’Donnell left, said of the Senate Judiciary Committee, “These white men, old by the way, are not protecting women… They’re protecting a man who is probably guilty.” On what basis is Behar able to assert that Kavanaugh is “probably guilty”? That’s the presumption of #MeToo, of course. All men are abusers and harassers, and every accusation by a woman is fair and true. Yes, yes, women sometimes accuse men of rape falsely for various reasons, but never harassment or sexual assault. Note also how #MeToo advocacy also provides a green light for anti-white bigotry and ageism on national TV in a den of progressives.
Do Democrats really think that the way to a “blue wave” is to demonize half the population based on their chromosomes? Wasn’t that Hillary’s strategy? Apparently that is still the plan. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), told CNN,
“[W]hat really bothers me and gets me so angry is the White House is victimizing [Ford]. … Guess who’s perpetuating all these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country. I just want to say to the men of this country — just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”
You know, the right thing: condemning a man and distinguished judge for an alleged, unsubstantiated incident while he was in high school that conveniently surfaced in a desperate effort to stop conservatives from having a majority on the Supreme Court.
3. Speaking of hypocrisy: Hillary Clinton Althouse has an almost unreadable post up about Hillary Clinton’s pontifications about Brett Kavanaugh. Fortunately Ann’s headline is enough: “Hillary, I will accept your good faith on this subject if you will do just one thing first: Denounce your husband.”
The retired law professor refers to the video below and says, “I cannot watch the video without screaming at the screen.” I will add to that reaction, which I share, is that any woman who does not feel similarly has had her values rotted away.
4. Let’s not forget Senator Feinstein…I could not do better than Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass’s condemnation of Feinstein’s ethics, which begins:
“Decency was once an important feature of the Democratic Party’s story. Long before Bork became a verb, long before Clarence Thomas was dragged through the mud because a conservative black man proved a profound threat to Democrats, the party held fast to the notion of decency. A lack of decency was something to be feared, something to be avoided for the health of the country. You’d hear about it in tales told by history teachers to frighten children, about Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy and his wild, unsubstantiated charges without evidence, of communists hiding under America’s beds. Such charges ruined reputations and careers, and took advantage of public opinion that had been whipped up during those Red Scare days.
Many have forgotten those days ever existed. But I remember liberal and conservative professors (there were still conservative professors then), talking about McCarthy and what a danger his demagogic recklessness posed to the republic.
And so, I ask again, Sen. Feinstein: Have you no decency?”
Why bother asking? Clearly she doesn’t. Her conduct was signature significance: a fair and decent Senator doesn’t do what President Trump accurately described (for a change):
[T]his should have been brought up long ago and that’s what you have hearings for, you don’t wait until the hearing is over and then all of a sudden bring it up. When Senator Feinstein sat with Judge Kavanaugh for a long period of time, a long, long meeting. She had this letter, why didn’t she bring it up? Why didn’t she bring it up then? Why didn’t the Democrats bring it up then? … Again, they knew what they were doing. They should have done this a long time ago, three months ago, not now. But they did it now.
Senator Feinstein isn’t the only one without decency. Anyone who supports her unethical tactics has no decency either.