Musings on Biden and METOO

30 Apr

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“For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time. But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron.”

-Joe Biden, 2018

It is a truth rarely acknowledged that mass protest movements, driven by raw emotion, rarely achieve much (at least within a short space of time).  They tend to be victims of their own success, growing too fast to establish a proper internal structure before fractures within the movement start tearing it apart.  Movements like Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March and #METOO started well, offering the promise of real change and better lives for all, before they ran afoul of their own contradictions.

These problems tend to manifest in a number of different ways.  Infighting within the group, often over focus or politics, can shatter the movement into a number of different factions.  Individual members can sell out, either through a desire to monetise their experience or a honest belief that a diluted version of the cause will appeal to more people.  Political battles, particularly when they intersect with the cause, can threaten it’s integrity.  And, worst of all, the cause’s excesses can and do power a reactionary movement that is unwilling or unable – for fear of creating conceptual superweapons (here and here) that can be used against them – to acknowledge that the original cause was valid.  In a sense, the activists drive their movement onto the rocks because they want whatever they want NOW.

People have a right to be angry.  But people who allow their anger to override their common sense can be very dangerous.

This is a key part of human – and mob – psychology.  Anger is a good servant, but a dangerous master.  A person who is angry may calm down and start thinking calmly again; an angry mob will keep the anger going until they’re trapped in a vicious circle.  Those who try to talk their fellows into calming down and thinking will be seen as traitors.  Humans do not react well to being betrayed.  Mobs can turn on someone they think betrayed them with terrifying speed.  They can also go too far very quickly.  Think how easy it is to have a very bad day, then ruin your relationship with your partner/siblings/parents/children with a single anger-driven act.  Now scale it up by several orders of magnitude and you see the problem with mob rule.  Activist groups have only a limited amount of goodwill from outsiders.  When it’s gone, it’s gone.

METOO started well.  There was little doubt Weinstein deserved to be called out.  His behaviour was an open secret for years.  It also exposed how the media could be manipulated to keep his victims from telling their stories and how many abusers had ties to prominent politicians, including – most strikingly – Hillary Clinton.  Weinstein’s fall led to others, exposing people who ranged from being abusive and exploitive to people who showed terminally poor judgement.  It looked as if things would change for good.

However, the rot had already started to take root.  There was little coherence in how accusations were made, no standards for what constituted abuse, no patience for the legal system’s show movement and, most importantly of all, no way to curb the excesses of the movement.  The willingness to uphold trial by mob, for example, ensured that people who felt the victims had been denied a fair trial would turn against the movement.  The failure to define abuse ensured that male workers would edge away from their female co-workers, denying women the chance for mentorships, networking and everything else they’d need to reach the very highest levels.  And this was impossible to stop.  If there is no solid definition of bad behaviour, the safest thing to do is keep your distance.

As Nelson Mandela understood – and so few others have grasped, before or since – it is important to create a world everyone can live with.  METOO had a good chance to dictate terms of surrender.  It wouldn’t have been perfect, but it would have been progress.  It failed to take the chance before it was too late. 

This came to a head during the Kavanaugh Hearings.  The first accusation levelled against Brett Kavanaugh was inherently impossible to prove.  If one goes by the standard of ‘Believe All Women,’ then Kavanaugh should have been hounded out of public life; if one goes by the standard of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ then Kavanaugh should have been assumed to be innocent until proof surfaced.  The political storm surrounding the hearings ensured they became political.  In the absence of proof, there was no perfect solution.  METOO started to be seen as – accurately or not – a weapon to be deployed against the GOP.

This might not have proven fatal, if METOO had acknowledged the problem.  It might have seemed absurd to argue that METOO should try to go after a balanced ticket of Democrats as well as Republicans, but it would have gone a long way towards ensuring a certain degree of bipartisan support.  And there was a very big – and obvious – target, Bill and Hillary Clinton.  There has not yet been any serious accounting for Bill’s actions while in office, nor Hillary’s role in covering them up (and the money she took from Weinstein).  This is something that should have been done a long time ago.  Indeed, hard questions should be asked about how much Obama knew when he allowed his daughter to intern for Weinstein.  Was the Secret Service asleep at the switch?  But this opportunity was lost.

And now, we have the charges levelled against Joe Biden.

Like Kavanaugh, it is impossible to prove the charges.  Biden has the presumption of innocence.  That said, there are circumstantial reasons to suspect there may be some meat to them.  It was never established that Kavanaugh and Christine Ford actually met; Tara Reade worked for Biden during the time of the alleged assault.  There’s no evidence that Ford told anyone of the assault at the time; there’s some evidence that Tara Reade did.  Kavanaugh has no history of inappropriate behaviour  during his career; Biden has an endless series of photos showing him engaging in just that.  In short, there’s good reason to suspect there’s some truth to the story.

But you wouldn’t know it from the (lack of) reaction.

The left has done its best to bury the story (although some left-wingers are starting to break ranks.)  There has been no call for a full investigation, for automatically giving Tara Reade the credence given to Christine Ford.  METOO appears to have adopted the mantra of ‘believe all women, unless it is politically inconvenient.’  At the very least, the scrutiny that was aimed at Kavanaugh should be aimed at Biden.  It would have suggested, very strongly, that METOO was a politically-neutral movement.  Instead, we have a fracturing movement that can no longer claim the moral high ground.  I’ve heard right-wingers openly gloating about how the affair exposes hypocrisy and double standards – and how they’re going to teach the left a lesson by using their weapon – impossible to prove accusations – to crush Joe Biden.

Civilisation depends on a shared understanding and application of the law.  If [X] is unacceptable when Bob does it, it’s equally unacceptable when Alice does it.  Double standards – “do as I say, not as I do” – are maddening even when there’s a good reason behind them.  There isn’t one here.  If you burn down all standards of common decency – and weaken the rule of law – what are you going to do when someone does it back to you?  Why should they not?  You did it to them first.

The blunt truth is that due process exists for a reasoning.  The wheels of civilised justice grind very slowly, but they grind very fine indeed.  This isn’t satisfactory for the angry people who want whatever they want now, yet it is the only way to ensure proper punishment and lasting change.  In a bid to embarrass and weaken President Trump, METOO has become a political football, a weapon that can cut both ways …

… And now, as Joe Biden has come to discover, it has.

I don’t know if there’s truth in the accusations levelled against Biden.  But we live in a world where increasingly fewer people, right and left alike, care.

40 Responses to “Musings on Biden and METOO”

  1. Les Barrie April 30, 2020 at 7:46 pm #

    I have my doubts that old Joe can beat Trump,he has similar stigma to Hilary and every time she supports somebody it is the kiss of death to their political ambitions,I don’t know if non-Americans can appreciate how loathed Hilary is in the U.S. The democrats as you say have never been slow to play the “metoo” card and their current unbelievable hypocrisy regarding the Biden accusations is the latest in their long list of self destructive actions,I’m not even sure that Biden is even a realistic candidate given his medical state,he’s a misogynistic zombie who doesn’t even know his own name,Trump the manchild will eat him for breakfast and this is just more fuel to the fire.

    • PhilippeO April 30, 2020 at 11:08 pm #

      Remember that Hillary still won MORE votes than Trump. Its only RURAL America who loath Hillary and love Trump.

      • Robert T Costello May 1, 2020 at 2:04 am #

        Have you looked at America? We are a rural country, by and large.

      • Bewildered May 2, 2020 at 9:01 am #

        Actually most of (voting) America loathed Hillary, it’s just the overpopulated city enclaves that voted for her\Democrat. Most Americans don’t seem to be invested enough in the outcome to bother voting, but the divide was still enough to keep Hillary away from the White House.

  2. Ben April 30, 2020 at 8:14 pm #

    Yet the right feels it OK to ignore everything Trump has done against women, including his own wives?? If Biden actually did anything definitive, then there should be some accounting. Yet none on the right seem to think Trump is accountable for anything, sent from God even, and you seem to go along with that? You need to look at yourself, I think.

    • Robert T Costello April 30, 2020 at 8:40 pm #

      This is kinda the definition of whataboutism…

      Everybody knows about Trump. Everybody knows *everything* about Trump. Regardless, 35% of the country supports him, 35% hates him, and a fair number of the middle 30% will vote for him anyway. We KNOW he’s not a saint, but we aren’t looking for the next Jesus; we want someone who will run the government the way we prefer. In that regard, for many, Trump > Biden.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard April 30, 2020 at 8:47 pm #

      LOL 😆

      The Left has been looking for Sexual Harassment Dirt on Trump for years and hasn’t found it.

      Trump has talked vulgar about “women who want sex with rich men”.

      But that’s about all the Left has found.

      Sorry Ben, nobody has found that he “sexually harassed” women who worked for him.

      His ex-wives haven’t talked dirt about him.

      Vague statements about “what Trump has done to women” are meaningless.

      But that’s all you have on Trump.

  3. Robert T Costello April 30, 2020 at 8:46 pm #

    Is this not the reason the term “hoisted on one’s own petard” was coined?

    Apparently, if the Democrats didn’t have double-standards, they’d have none at all. After going balls-out after Kavanaugh over Blasey-Ford, nobody says nothin’ about Tara Reade. It’s mind-boggling, yet totally expected.

  4. Billy April 30, 2020 at 9:57 pm #

    Biden is getting like my Dad

    My Dad is in the old folks home and he does not remember my name.

    He sits there talking nonsense all day.

    He says things kind of like * Lying dog faced pony solder * when he gets upset at the nurse.

    Biden is at that point in his life.

    Everyone has a timer that spins and it only goes one way. There is no way to turn it back or to fix it.

    That is just the way it is.

    If Biden wins , it will not be Biden running the country. It will be his wife or the people around Biden running things. It sure wont be Biden.

    Biden will be asking things like * Where am I ? What day is it ? Over and over and over – when you say today is Monday – He will ask again and again and again – all day long.

    I don’t think we want someone like that in the highest stressed job in the world.

    People who have worked in the White House say it’s kind of like trying
    to get a drink from a Fire Hose at full blast.

    Someone who has a mind that is shutting down because of old age would not be a good idea

  5. PhilippeO April 30, 2020 at 11:06 pm #

    The pattern is enough evidence.

    – In Biden cases, while there are numerous woman who claimed of inappropriate touching, only Tara Reade give account of rape.
    – In many other METOO case, like Weinstein and Kavanaugh, we did have accusation from multiple woman
    – and METOO never been about attacking Republicans, remember that one of first result is forcing Dems congressman resignation, for that “touching boobs” photo of woman sleeping.

    As about “social movement”, there should always overshoot their target. Effort to bring change to society is inherently difficult. Its not their business to define their limit or “surrender terms”. Its duty of another part of society (legislature, judiciary, mass opinion, etc) to define limit and stop excess. All social movement (from Abolitionism to Labor) is inherently radical and unorganized. To demand higher (and impossible) standard from METOO and BLM, that no social movement on past achieved is just distraction.

    And I caution use of ANC and Mandela, since they obviously still living movement (like attempt of land redistribution in SA), there are NEVER any magic moment when ANC ” achieve their goal” or “made peace”.

  6. Wolfcry May 1, 2020 at 12:12 am #

    With Biden the “me too” accusations matter little, at this point putting him on TV and continuing his campaign feels like elder abuse. Biden’s mind is suffering the effects of old age, sad to see, even more sad that it’s a public spectacle.

  7. Big Ben May 1, 2020 at 12:16 am #

    First off, if the claim against Biden is proven, then he absolutely needs to answer for it. If it’s credible, it doesn’t matter how long ago it happened. He at least needs to offer his side of the story and apologize if he feels it’s necessary. At the very least.
    Legal consequences are unlikely, since the statute of limitations in both Washington D.C. and Delaware have long since expired regarding this particular allegation.
    That said, this guy is running for President, so ANY allegation needs to be carefully examined.
    In a normal world a democratically elected POTUS would be above reproach.
    In a normal world, a SCOTUS nominee would be above reproach.
    Unfortunately, Republicans threw “normal” under the bus back in ‘16. Then lit it’s crushed corpse on fire and ran away giggling.

    Too bad they’ll never do the same careful examinations regarding their the Republican Messiah, Trump.
    All you have to do is look up “Trump sexual assault claims” on Wikipedia and prepare to be disgusted.
    At least 23 women have claimed Trump either raped or sexually assaulted them, from the 1980s to a sexual assault lawsuit filed in 2019 by a campaign staffer. Some counts put that number at 48 to 50 allegations, but with all the NDAs signed during our-of-court settlements it’s hard to tell.
    Numerous lawsuits have been brought against Trump, proving that this isn’t just MeToo mob rule. These women have gone through the legitimate justice system and many of these lawsuits are ongoing at this very moment, despite Trump’s strenuous and failed attempts to have the cases dismissed.

    And, in case we needed any more proof of what a classy guy Trump is: “In October of 2016, Trump publicly vowed to sue all the women who have made allegations of sexual assault or sexual harassment against him, as well as The New York Times for publishing the allegations …”
    First he (allegedly) assaults them, then promises to sue them for speaking up. What a guy!

    Then there were the acts that Trump himself admitted to, where on numerous occasions over the years he cruised through the dressing rooms of the Miss USA pageant, the Miss Universe pageant and most disturbingly, the Miss Teen USA pageant, “while contestants were in various stages of undress.”
    The age range of the girls in the teen pageant is 14 to 19 years old … making Trump at best a dirty old man and at worst, a pedophile.
    Again, there’s no ambiguity about this. Trump himself was delighted to brag about it on a national radio show.
    And let’s not forget the numerous extramarital affairs he had that led in part to his two divorces, including but certainly not limited to a Playboy Playmate and a porn star, who he paid hush money to … okay, okay, allegedly paid hush money to. I forget, what’s his personal lawyer Michael Cohen in prison for, again? So many of his close associates and advisors have been convicted and imprisoned that it’s hard to keep track.
    Or his gleefully admitting to an unknown number of felony sexual assaults. Grab ‘em, Donny. They love it!
    Or those lovely, creepy pictures of Trump standing beside Epstein.

    This perverted braggart is the pinnacle of the modern Republican Party. He is their leader, the impressive example of toxic manhood they have freely chosen to lead them.
    How did they devolve from Ronald Regan to Donald Trump in just a few decades?
    This is the sexual predator that the “Family Values” conservatives will gleefully vote for come November.
    As I’ve said before, out of approximately 155,000,000 Americans eligible to run for President, this is the guy Republicans love the most. Out of a crowded field of Republican candidates back in ‘15 and ‘16, this is the one they fell in love with.
    No matter what they say, no matter how they downplay Trump’s behavior or try to excuse it or even decry how much they disapprove of his words and deeds, they prove their fealty at the voting box and thus absolve their savior of all sins.

    …And before you Trump sycophants attempt to dismiss Wikipedia as not a credible source, all you have to do is look at the 178 sources and thousands of pages of reporting they link to for their evidence, including but not limited to:
    NBC News, The New York Times, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, Vox, Time Magazine, NPR, Fox News, CNN, BBC News, Politico, Deseret News, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Haaretz and The Associated Press, among many, many others.
    It all makes for some fascinating, disturbing reading … But I know, I know … it’s all “100% FAKE NEWS!” So speaketh Trump, amidst much dishabille, from the crowded dressing room of the Miss Teen USA pageant.

    And you’ll willfully ignore all these creepy and/or criminal shenanigans because you want a POTUS who will run the government how you want it?!?
    Evidently, this is what you want:
    In the past 100 days many thousands more Americans have died of Covid19 than all of the combat deaths during the Vietnam War, and Trump has accepted 0.00% responsibility for his government’s criminally poor performance.
    The deficit was pushing $1,000,000,000,000.00 per year BEFORE the pandemic outbreak, despite the outright lies Trump tried to peddle last week. Now that we’re muddling through his schizophrenic response to the pandemic, the coming annual deficits will exceed anything in American history by an order of magnitude.
    As I type this Trump’s still claiming that, “It will all go away very soon. Like a miracle, it will all go away.” Mr. Trump, the only things that have gone away are the souls of nearly 63,000 of your citizens. Maybe, instead of touting your “record high approval ratings” and “sky high television ratings,” you could spend a bit of time grieving for those lost, for those rotting in Uhaul trucks outside a New York mortuary. You know, all those Americans that YOU failed while ignoring reality and childishly blaming everyone else.
    I could go on, but I’m pretty sure I lost all the Trump disciples back at “look up Trump sexual assault claims.”

    A decaying rutabaga could do a better job. At least it wouldn’t be contemplating drinking bleach or ogling partially undressed 14 year old girls.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 1, 2020 at 1:46 am #

      Yet, this didn’t come out when he was running for President.

      I guess you and the Press were too busy calling Trump Hitler. [Sarcastic Grin]

  8. Kell May 1, 2020 at 8:50 pm #

    My thoughts……As much as I worried about how far left berni was at least he had some charisma. At least he doesn’t have all these pictures of inappropriate touching. Sigh. Why are the elections always lose lose? Nothing about Biden makes me feel hopeful. I seriously worry about his mental fitness. And if not I don’t see how he will fix anything in are current political circumstances.

    And yet now we have a president encouraging people to start drinking bleach…… I am so embarrassed to have trump as president. I have always been conservative and Republican but his administration has pushed me to the dems :(. I feel like I have to choose between dangerously incompetent or ineffectual, possible senile fossil.

    As for Biden and these allegations of sexual assault. I don’t see him as predatory per say but he is someone who doesn’t always realize that he is crossing boundaries. The world is different. People have larger bubbles. You can’t presume to touch people so intimately anymore.

    With trump…. I always felt like he was smarmy. The kinda guy that would mildly sexually harass. Like with comments and pussy or booty grabs that sorta thing. I feel like if they’re where more serious stuff it would have come out with greater evidence.

    As for metoo. It’s time we have a serious discussion. Because progress has actually come to a hult. It’s starting to seem counterintuitive. We need to get about setting up and following proper protocols for prevention,reporting,and prosecuting. That’s the real goal not lynching every man at the slightest provication. Men and women need to be allys not pitted against each other with men scared of women and coming to resent us.

  9. Warren The Ape May 1, 2020 at 10:09 pm #

    Sleepy Joe proved his nickname by FALLING ASLEEP on live TV during some online thing while Shrillary was flapping her mouth. It was aired by Fox but all the other networks did not.

    Tara Read is too much work for the Right to use her relative to this or just airing collages of Joe feeling up little girls next to podiums throughout his term just as VP, let alone from before.

    Both will be used in attack ads when the campaign is going full swing. What are the Dems THINKING about when they ‘chose’ him I dunno.

    • Jacqueline harris May 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

      Well they still don’t get it. These are the same people who choose Hillary. Ya she won the popular vote but the fact that it was even close is a good indication that she was so unlikable.

      • Warren The Ape May 4, 2020 at 6:38 pm #

        Mark —

        Trump is awesome. Just what Real America wants. He is only a ‘poor choice’ to non-Americans.

    • Jacqueline harris May 5, 2020 at 3:34 am #

      Am I a U.S veteran not considered a real American for thinking trump is a terrible choice?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 5, 2020 at 3:50 am #

        No.

        IMO Where a person “crosses the line” is when they claim that anybody who supports Trump is an Evil Right-Winger or a Nazi or a Racist, etc.

        In any case, while I think Trump is doing a fair job as President, there would likely be better choices for President.

        The problem is that I also don’t think Biden is one of the “better choices”.

      • Warren The Ape May 5, 2020 at 6:39 am #

        I am a Son of God. Jesus 2.0.

        Proof? I can say anything I want on the interwebs w/o having to prove it.

        And in the Great Spiritual Game of Rock, Scissors, Paper, my claim of being Jesus 2.0 beats your claim of being a US veteran.

        🙂

      • Kell May 11, 2020 at 2:20 pm #

        Shrugs shoulders. What can you actually prove online? I could link you to my facebook bag that has me in my Asus or dress uniform you could still find some way to discredit that too. But in truth a vast majority of Americans can’t stand trrump and that is the truth. America is very polarized on politics.

  10. Michael Creek May 2, 2020 at 3:47 am #

    Doesn’t it worry people that the requirements for a political life in the US are so low. Perhaps they could give someone named Incitatus a run?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 2, 2020 at 4:59 am #

      Perhaps, but it’s better than the alternative of an Elite Group that the voters have to chose representatives/senators/governors from.

      The “more requirements” for political life required by Law that exist, the more the people processing such requirements will view themselves as the Leadership Class.

      Of course, who “sets the requirements”? The answer being “The People Currently In Power”.

      In David Weber’s Honorverse, the “People’s Republic Of Haven” had “Hereditary Legislators”. According to the back-story, these “Hereditary” offices started when the elected Officials passed Laws indicating that anybody elected to Public Office on Haven had to “get the stamp of approval of the current People-In-Power” before they could take office.

      Apparently, the Government of Haven decided what the “Proper Role Of Government Should Be” and that nobody who didn’t accept that “Proper Role” would be allowed to take Public Office.

  11. Bewildered May 2, 2020 at 9:09 am #

    What are the implications of living in a world where few people care about the truth of accusations because truth is no longer discoverable? Might this have the makings of another piece by Chris? 🙂

    Biden’s campaign claims the NYT performed a thorough investigation and exonerated Biden, the NYT has adamantly denied this claim despite being strongly pro-Biden. Non-Leftist sources are reporting on the allegations, and suggesting Biden may be guilty. Are we to believe that Biden was exonerated, that his campaign is desperately lying in a bid to convince voters he isn’t guilty, or something else? How are we to know the truth? How are folk supposed to know who to trust?

    How will society function where lies supersede truth, and facts are considered the enemy?

  12. Robert Kaliski May 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

    Not going to touch METOO. Once accused there is no way to prove innocence. The whole process is backwards where you are guilty till proven innocent. In the private workforce there isn’t even the illusion of due process. Between social media and government contracts you are guilty and the only thing being decided is the punishment.

  13. Mark May 3, 2020 at 9:06 am #

    I’m a UK citizen, so can some explain how a powerful country like the US with a a large number of intelligent, ethical citizen’s end up with a choice between Trump and Nixon?

    • Warren The Ape May 3, 2020 at 9:19 pm #

      Well, the first thing you have to realize is:

      Because in general US voters don’t give a d–n about the views & opinions of UK citizens (or any other non-US citizens).

      That isn’t a personal attack against you. It is just a general fact. And it has been this way for a long, long time (generations) despite how our elites tried their best to suppress it because they needed the rest of the world to help fight the Cold War. Globalism is a part of that, too. Doing what it took to help prevent getting nuked helped the Elites in said suppression of that attitude, too.

      But the Cold War has been over for almost 30 years now. So what should be shocking isn’t that voters are now finally tossing globalism/NATO (NATO is dead, just not announced officially) and the elites backing it, but rather it took them this long to finally do it.

      Clinton & O were corrupt as hell, also. Chinese generals would show up at the White House during the Clinton years with actual suitcases filled with cash. O (or rather his ppl) tended to be more sophisticated. Both had the media covering for them.

      I bring those up because the Dem base is rebelling against those types just as the the GOP did by going with Trump. What role do you think Bernie was filling for them other than the socialism bit?

      So as a UK citizen, what you need to accept that going forward you will probably not be happy with who US voters choose for their presidents from EITHER party. And for non-Americans other than Brits, they be even less happy. Pro NATO, Pro ‘save the rest of the world’ Presidents won’t be very electable/re-electable with the majority of US voters, basically. It will be a tough enough job for those that do get elected to protect globalism and they will have limits to that and whatever they do will have be done low key.

      The irony is not lost to me that the rest of the world is finally going to get what it has long demanded: A world w/o America being involved.

      They will get it. But it will also mean no more protection global maritime commerce via the US Navy, no more support for the WO. And when NATO finally faces a crisis with Russia, expect de facto non-existent support from the US even if NATO manages to pull off an Article 5 vote. Except in cases involving its own raw, crass interests w/o regards to any alliance commitments reigning it in, US de facto policy will be ‘f–k the rest of the world’. Just how Americans have long wanted it to be.

      • Warren The Ape May 3, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

        WO – WTO

      • Robert Kaliski May 4, 2020 at 7:42 am #

        What doesn’t help is that foreign countries do not like American troops on their soil until there is dying to be done. Kipling had it right.

      • Mark May 4, 2020 at 8:51 am #

        You haven’t explained why the choice of leaders is so poor. Surely the Republican party can come up with someone better than Trump. Looking back, Reagan was so much better a leader, Bush senior too, and to an extent jnr were better. Possibly even Nixon.

      • chrishanger May 14, 2020 at 10:30 pm #

        I explained it – or my take on it – in an earlier post.

        Basically, the GOP and the Dems lost touch with the base voters. Enter Trump and Sanders ….

        Chris

      • Jacqueline harris May 4, 2020 at 3:42 pm #

        Well Mark trump wasn’t even really Republican before. He debated about going independent. Most of the Republicans at the beginning of his run hated trump and laughed at him winning. But trump recognized a problem.

        A growing number of people frustrated at the way things where going. the Democratic government under obama was deadlocked not making any reform for either side. Everybody was unhappy.

        But the Republicans didn’t have any leaders on the right. They didn’t have anybody to rally behind. Trump won more popular support then the Republicans realized and so they rallied behind him. He tapped into are anger and xenophobia. The Republican party saw how popular he was so they grit their teeth and went with it. They morphed into his party spewing his ideology. You can say that the current Republican part is very different then it was 10 years ago. Many old time republicans are disillusioned with them but don’t have anybody else to support. The conservative more radical right has come into power.

        Meanwhile the democrats are currently split between the base democrats. People like hillary and biden. They are the Democratic elites right now. But what they don’t accept is that the progressive democrats lead by bernie are getting steam. The progressives policies are actually aimed at reform. The dems base kinda wanna keep status quo.
        Some of what progressives are proposing is less feasible then others but fact is bernie was basically vilified by the the base democrats and republicans. People’s painted him and the other progressives as the second coming of communism. When what he really wanted with health care and wage was something similar to Europe and Canada. No really democratic socialism is not the same as communism.

        Here people are so afraid of anything remotely socialist that they go into apoplectic fits when you talk about any government based reform. The U.S is naturally extremely right. Even compared to the rest of Europe and the U.K. Bernie would likely have been considered moderate in Europe. So the dems basically more and more don’t reflect what their voters actually want. And that is why we have populous hate spewing Trump. Say what you want about trump but he is good at saying what people want to here. Even right now people are protesting quarantine and trump is siding with them even as his own admistration and health care professionals are pushing for patience.

      • Robert Kaliski May 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm #

        What history writes about presidents is seldom what the daily newspapers print. Regan was hated in his day. People cheered Nixon’s resignation. I remember people saying that JFK would take orders from the Vatican. Carter was called inept and a fool.
        News outlets stopped being balanced when networks stopped seeing them as a public service and made them a money maker. Newspapers have been gobbled up by wealthy men with an axe to grind.

  14. PuffinMuffin May 4, 2020 at 12:19 pm #

    The whole thing is ridiculous, like the Crusades all over again. At first it had a fair point. Then Constantinople gets besieged.

  15. Curtis May 7, 2020 at 10:53 pm #

    These were the worst cases to judge. It came down each time there was no evidence to a matter of who do you believe and frankly we are no longer allowed to believe men. In my opinion that is finally back to where it belongs. You believe the evidence. If there is no evidence there is no guilt.
    I also would simply toss on its merits any case brought before me or that I reviewed that happened 1 or 30 years ago. If they didn’t care or it didn’t matter then, than it doesn’t matter now.

  16. Greg Esres May 10, 2020 at 9:21 pm #

    I think the ideology “Believe Women” is stupid and it is karma that it’s coming back to bite the Democrats. A better statement would have been “take women’s claims seriously”.

    Whether Joe is guilty or not, I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter. The corrupt and incompetent Trump Administration needs to be voted out of office and you could take a random person from within the population of the US and find a better President.

    A vote for anyone other than Biden is a vote for corruption, incompetence, and lawlessness. He has utterly destroyed the government’s ability to take effective action and crippled the standing of the US with the rest of the world. He’s got to go.

  17. James Jeffery May 22, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

    The political bias shown by the left and ignored by the media is infuriating.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 22, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

      “Ignored by the media”?

      They share the political bias. 😦

      • JBird4049 May 28, 2020 at 2:50 am #

        As a leftist and a socialist, I have to chuckle at the media supposedly ignoring any political bias by what they claim is the “left.”

        Nowadays anything to left of Ronald Reagan is labeled socialism, if not communism. No, the neoliberal Democratic Party is now a right of center party being as it is pro-war, anti-tax, anti-regulation, open borders, and unregulated free trade. The New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC serve the Democratic Party the same way that Fox News serves the Republican Party.

        Anyways, both parties are like the Communist Party in the Soviet Union or the Chinese “Communist” Party, or the various regimes like the one in North Korea where facts, truth, justice, or even the real reality is as important as believing the approved reality. Let’s keep practicing that Doublethink guys.

  18. bayesapprentice May 29, 2020 at 3:17 am #

    I want to share this with a friend of mine who isn’t familiar with your writing, but there are some typos in it which make it a bit more difficult for someone to read and don’t look as presentable. For instance, “Show movement” should be “slow movement”. “exists for a reasoning” should be “exists for a reason”.

    Sorry for nitpicking, but I really think my friend would enjoy this post better if those typos were fixed. Thanks! 😀

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