I thought my next column would draw some parallels between local and national elections, specifically Greenwood Village and the United States. But it will have to wait. Instead, I want to respond to Managing Editor Becky Osterwald’s column featuring my “party-affiliation bubble.”
Seems I struck a nerve again with Ms. Osterwald, a distinction I share with fellow columnist Mort Marks. So, let me elaborate.
I’m sorry that Ms. Osterwald had her own experience with sexual harassment. It was wrong then as it is now. Unfortunately, there are bad people out there. The point of my editorial was not to trivialize bad behavior, but to point out some interesting patterns and offer an opinion as to why only now are these incidents coming to light as major news stories. She is free to disagree with my opinion, as I am with hers.
The pattern of recent allegations is clear. Since the time of my editorial, new names have been added to the list. Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers. Both Democrats. Also, New York Times writer Glenn Thrush, and CBS anchor Charlie Rose, both vocal Trump critics. Four more women accused Bill Clinton of harassment, after his time in the White House. And Today show host Matt Lauer.
Don’t forget two Colorado state representatives, Steve Lebsock and Paul Rosenthal, recently accused of sexual misconduct, both Democrats. And Diana DeGette was assaulted by fellow Democrat Rep. Bob Filner.
Ms. Osterwald cites George H.W. Bush grabbing women. Perhaps, but note that he is 93 years old, confined to a wheelchair. When taking photos, if he puts his arm around a woman standing next to him, guess where his arm will be with her standing and him sitting? Not around her shoulder unless he has awfully long arms.
President Trump’s Access Hollywood tape was talk, the type of talk I heard regularly in my college fraternity. A Republican talking trash. While the Democrats elected, repeatedly, those who acted this out. Clinton, Kennedy, Conyers, Franken, Weiner. All turned into heroes of the Democrat party.
Regarding the other accusations against Trump, make a credible case. The media would like nothing better than to bring Trump down. If the stories are believable, these women deserve their say. If the media had something credible on Trump, we would know about it. After all, the same media is quick to doctor video of Trump feeding goldfish in Japan to make him look like a rube.
The Roy Moore accusations are falling apart under scrutiny. They are also from 40 years ago, around the time that prominent Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy left a female companion, not his wife, to drown at Chappaquiddick. Ultimately, Alabama voters will decide whether Moore should be a U.S. senator.
The point of my column was to trace the origins of the current sex-abuse cases to Bill Clinton, given a pass, defended, allowing him to continue his behavior well beyond his years in the White House. Ms. Osterwald may be outraged by Bill Clinton’s behavior, but I wonder if she voted for him in spite of this? Perhaps twice?
As I pointed out, Clinton’s enablers included his wife, political aides and the media. Projection is a psychological term where people defend themselves against their own transgressions by attributing them to others. Hence the Democrat rallying cry of “Republican war on women.”
And it’s also rich of Ms. Osterwald to accuse me of politicizing this. The left has politicized virtually everything. Including the NFL, climate, sexuality and gender, the First and Second Amendments, even holidays. GQ magazine told people it’s their “civic duty to ruin Thanksgiving by bringing up Trump.” President Obama politicized Christmas through his pajama boy ad encouraging holiday conversation, “Wear pajamas, drink hot chocolate, talk about getting health insurance.” Even Halloween costumes are condemned if politically incorrect or somehow offensive to someone.
I stand by the conclusion of my column that Bill Clinton was given a pass for his abhorrent behavior due to political expediency, giving many other powerful men the message that they too could be sexual predators as long as they were right on the politically correct issues of the day.
The passes continue. Huffington Post contributor GS Potter dismissing Leann Tweeden, who was groped by Franken, as “definitely not a victim”, instead, “a willing and active participant.” Talk about double standards and hypocrisy.
Even the far-left New York Times acknowledges, “The Lewinsky affair was a pretty big deal morally, a clear abuse of sexual power, for which Clinton probably should have been pressured to resign.”
Due to political expediency, Democrats “turned their party into an accessory to Clinton’s appetites, shamelessly abandoning feminist principles, smearing victims and blithely ignoring his most credible accuser.”
The bubble was what surrounded the Clintons. The myopia (I appreciate the use, probably unintentional, of an ophthalmic term) was Democrats not realizing that this Faustian bargain would someday have a reckoning. As we are witnessing today.
And it’s only just begun.
News editor’s note: In addition to the Democratic state legislators mentioned, formal complaints have also been recently filed against state Sen. Jack Tate, R-Centennial, and state Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs. See story on page 3.
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