Me? I’m thankful that I’ve had the Warm-Up to fall back on when I’m too busy trying to sleep off this ^$$@!#^& endless chest cold, so I can at least keep a little bit current on Ethics Alarms. Today, the hell with it! Mind over matter, exhaustion be damned, I’m going to work, shop, make delayed client calls and research until I drop, literally. Time to stop being a weenie. Then tomorrow I can be thankful that I’m still alive.
1. Do not let the Clinton defenders off the hook. For me, this is head exploding: the New York Times is crediting an A&E series about “The Clinton Affair” with suddenly, remarkably, making it possible to see that Paula Jones, as well as Katherine Willey and Juanita Broaddrick, were not just “right wing conspiracy”- primed bimbos weaponized to bring down Bill Clinton. Ah! Now, through the sudden clarity provided by the #MeToo movement, the Times and the rest of the mainstream media feels that the truth, so impenetrable all those years ago, has been revealed! Jones was credible! Willey and Broaddrick were (and are) credible! What a shock! Who knew?
Excuse me if I barf. I knew, and, I submit, so did the New York Times et al,, including my hypocritical feminist lawyer friends at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, where I worked during the Clinton years. “I believe Anita Hill!” boasted the button worn by the association’s first female President. “Really?” I asked her? Then why didn’t you believe Paula Jones? Clinton has had a history of sexual harassment and predator allegations; Clarence Thomas hasn’t.” Her answer was, to paraphrase, “Humina humina humina…’ She had no answer. She knew she had sided with a powerful man against a powerless woman for purely political reasons, and credibility and justice had nothing to do with the calculation. So did the New York Times. All of the defenses of Clinton were rationalizations—all of them, every one. I argued, and I taught at the time, that the Lewinsky affair was classic workplace harassment where the disparity of power made true consent impossible, even as such feminists as Gloria Steinem denied it, because, you see, Bill supported abortion rights. Of course he did. I’ll bet those rights served him well at one or more junctures in his rise.
Now, though, the realization of what Clinton was really doing has come into focus, as if it wasn’t deliberately blurred by the same forces now proclaiming it. In her essay for Vanity Fair earlier this year, Monica wrote that #MeToo had given her a “new lens” for seeing her own story, writing “Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern.”
Well, you’re slow, Monica, but at least you have an excuse. The New York Times is simply covering up a lie. It has no new lens: it was just pretending, along with the Democratic Party and most of the news media, that it didn’t know what was obvious to anyone with a neutral perspective. Bill Clinton was a serial harasser and sexual predator. He used his power in office to abuse women, and then to cover up his misconduct. Hillary Clinton was his accomplice, for her own gain. The President lied under oath in the Jones suit, a genuine, proven, “high crime.” It was not personal conduct, but professional, official, workplace misconduct, by well-accepted standards in the employment law field. That other Presidents, notably Kennedy, hasalso been sexual predators was not an valid excuse or a defense. The Democratic Party’s alleged feminism and dedication to women’s rights has been pure hypocrisy and cynical misrepresentation as long as the Clintons were embraced as allies and icons, a situation which existed right up through the 2016 election.
How dare the Times pretend all of this was unfathomable before 2018? Are Times readers really this corrupt and gullible? I know I especially resent it, because everything the paper says is suddenly, amazingly “in focus” was clear to me 20 years ago, and I got the same sneering condescension from my left-corrupted friends then that I get from them now, though on different topics. I’m thankful for the Clinton Ethics Train Wreck, because it started me writing about ethics on-line. But I am not letting these liars and hypocrites off the hook. Neither should you.
2. Fortunately for the Left, its next generation is equally good at denial…A new (and dubious, but so are most of them) academic study found that Hillary Clinton’s defeat during the 2016 election has primed a mental health crisis among college students. University of Miami Professor Heather Claypool‘s study sought to determine if the election results would effect students’ mental health and well-being. She surveyed 262 students at the school before and after the 2016 election. “Among Clinton supporters, the more liberal they were, the more they experienced her electoral defeat as personal rejection, reporting less belonging, less meaningful existence, and worsened mood,” reported Claypool. Those “who felt especially close to Clinton and identified as especially politically liberal exhibited these [negative moods] most strongly” Claypool says. A another study surveyed 200 Clinton voters after the election and found that many are “still grieving” Clinton’s loss.
There is no rational way an individual who is cognizant of the degree of mendacity and power abuse used by both Clintons in their ruthless rise can possibly grieve over Hillary’s loss, unless such an individual is also a sociopath. Grieving over the election of someone like Donald Trump as America’s President can certainly be justified, but not suffering from depression that the voters had the sense to reject a character as openly corrupt as Clinton. But, you see, the news media’s slated reporting and Democratic propaganda worked: the typical low-information, liberal bubble student is easy to deceive, and continues to be.
3. Of course, that Big Lie and race-baiting also helps...CNN contributor and USA Today columnist Kirsten Powerssuggested, in a burst of anti-Trump hate and frustration, that anyone who voted for Trump over Clinton is a racist. Is this the coming rationale for the entire Democratic Party that voting against any Democrat is racist, since the entire Republican Party is racist—you know, because conservatives oppose race-preferences in hiring and college admissions, recognize the insanity of open boarders, believe that police officers who shoot blacks aren’t automatically murderers and think voters should be able to prove their identity and citizenship, all positions labelled racist by progressives?
4. I have noted before that Althouse may be losing it…Ann Althouse is probably my favorite blogger—she is certainly my most quoted blogger— and the one who most resembles me in my proclivities, if not interests. Lately, however, I have worried that retirement is getting to her, as her penchant for free-associating and obsessing about word meaning seem to be spinning out of control. THIS, however was really troubling: she was watching the A&E series about Clinton referenced above, and wrote…
“I’m still interested in the question whether Monica Lewinsky loved Bill Clinton, whether he loved her, and whether they loved each other. I was watching a TV special last night about the Lewinsky affair — Monica looked beautiful (in the present) — and I still after all these years imagine real love…I believe Bill Clinton loved her and that he watched this show and felt deep pangs of loss of her love and her company these past 20 years. I’m not saying he’s a good person. I’m just observing the fact of the sheer magnetism of Monica Lewinsky. I wish Bill Clinton had simply resigned and walked away from the presidency — given it all up for love. I think she deserved it, she whose youth he appropriated, she who really did love him.”
This sentimental romantic nonsense is signature significance for something, but I’m afraid to think what. There are few sociopaths and narcissists in American history who have made their diagnosis as easy as Bill Clinton has, and such people love only themselves. It worries me that I have accepted seriously analyses of so many complex topics by a blogger who could write something like that.
I realize that I’m in a rotten mood today…