Posts tagged ‘sexual abuse’

Railing

There are so many things to rail against in this nightmare of Republican control and an idiot as our President. Agencies that have long tried to protect the consumer, the worker, the sick, the poor, the environment, and education are now headed by people who want to tear them down. The State Department is being gutted and our place in the world and our ability to affect world politics is diminishing rapidly under Tillerson. I would laugh, but it is too sad, to think about all the people who hated government, oblivious to what government actually does for them, or claimed both sides are just as bad, and then watch the destruction of America by Republicans. It was and is their stupidity and ignorance that got us here. It was and is the arrogance of some Democrats who do not understand the status quo is not working.

So once again, because there is so much destruction going on around us, I would just like to comment on a few things. The first should be the national shame of our response to Puerto Rico. We should be involved in massive rebuilding right now and yet many people are still without water and electricity. And no one seems to care. Watching what happened there, I would have to say capitalism failed. It was a time to mobilize, get in there, feed the people and start a massive rebuilding campaign. We did none of those as supplies arrived and then sat in warehouses. 60 Minutes had a segment last night on a chef who went down there and fed millions of people. He became very frustrated with the whole FEMA system where no one seemed to be in charge and rules instead of need drove the train.

He finally did get FEMA money and he pointed out that there were good people down there trying to help, but their hands were tied by government rules. And on the last go round, FEMA denied him money to continue his operation. I got to thinking about that. The government wants to prevent waste and rampant profit making by awarding to a low bidder. Remember the debacle the Puerto Rican government got into after they awarded a power restoration contract that was a giveaway to a Trump crony. Then I think about how the Cubans were able to move massive amounts of people to safety during the hurricane and quickly came to the aid of their citizens while we floundered in the Caribbean.

What comes to mind is that maybe the profit motive is not the best motive or efficacious way to deliver aid and help. Maybe in the time of crisis, capitalism fails and fails miserably. Maybe we should be turning to NGO’s already vetted and award them grants if we cannot mobilize our own resources. And one might ask, why could there not have been a massive military presence there to help? We rebuilt schools in Iraq, but can’t do that in Puerto Rico? Will we learn anything from this. Not under President Dumb Fat Fuck and the Republicans who are bent on a tax cut to destroy America, but make the wealthy great.

Next, I would like to comment on the rush to put all imbecilic men in the same category. Certainly what Al Franken did was childish, crude, and offensive, but certainly not in the same league as Roy Moore and Donald Trump, who are both accused of rape or attempted rape. I certainly understand many women’s sense of anger and frustration at all the loutish men they have been subjected to with no real recourse. But “kill all the lawyers” is not the answer and in fact is playing right into the hands of the Republicans. See! Both sides do it, and nothing changes.

Sadly women (and here I am going to get in big trouble) who have maybe suffered some of this loutish behavior feel the need now to expose it, but they may be doing their cause more harm than good. That we have a sexual abuser in the White House and about to elect a pedophile is not the same as someone who stupidly and inappropriately grabbed your ass. None of it should be tolerated any more (or then), but we may, by equating both behaviors, be in fact weakening the cause to end it all. Just as an aside, and of course I have never been in a position of real power over anyone, but had I grabbed anyone who I was dating or working with’s ass, they would have clocked me a good one.

There is an excellent discussion of men and facing up to our testosterone urges. Sadly we all have these urges but the difference is some of us cross the line and some of us don’t. Maybe we ought to be discussing the nature of men’s sexual urges so we can get out in the open that we all have them and what is and is not acceptable. It might help some to understand their feelings and deal with them more appropriately instead of acting them out.

Lastly, I would like to point out some logic or non-logic. If you want to learn how to confuse and lie by using bad logic just watch Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a White House briefing. Her major tactic is the equivalency argument I used above, the other side did it so why pick on us. Doesn’t matter what the other side did, but whether the behavior is atrocious and who now occupies the White House. Sad the press lets this slip by them. We have all heard the admitted defense, which if you don’t admit something, you can’t be held responsible for it, even though 14 women have come out to claim otherwise.

Then there is the excuse for Roy Moore that he would be better than a “Democrat”. The agenda is more important than morality. We are not the only ones. I think of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar who looked the other way during the massacre of thousands in the Rohingya crackdown in the hope that the she can make a difference in the end instead of a stand now that might staert a full military take over again. It is that old failure of logic that the ends justify the means. But when the means turns our to define who we are, we may lose everything. See Republicans for further examples.

Judge Roy Moore

Could just it get any worse? You know that Judge Moore would make a great leader…if this were a theocracy and we all agreed on who God is. Let’s just put aside the sexual allegations for a few minutes and think about how he is everything the Founders wrote the Constitution to prevent. The Founders were sons and daughters (yes women had influence on the men) of the religious wars in Europe. They saw how religious fanaticism wreck countries and led to perpetual war. There goal was to balance power and make no one party supreme. It was a government based on rational discourse and compromise.

Now let’s take that apart. Religious fanatics like Roy Moore live by a religion that cannot be question by man. He made belief in the supremacy of a Christian God over the Constitution the cornerstone of his campaign.

“I want to see virtue and morality returned to our country and God is the only source of our law, liberty and government.”

Now that probably plays well to the religious brain-dead in Alabama, but it does not stand the test of examination. In a theocracy in which Roy is describing, who interprets the word of God, Roy? And what if someone disagrees? Oh heresy. Burn them at the stake. So there is the end to rational discourse and compromise. We don’t need courts or legislatures, just a high prophet, and that would be Roy of course. Now if Roy were a Muslim, that would be Sharia Law, that boggy man that conservative Republicans love to bring out to scare people without brains. Oh, and if you are following Roy’s logic, he just justified ISIS and al Qaeda. It is exactly the same thing except we have Koran thumping Muslims telling the world what the one true word is, and dissent punishable by death.

Moore, who is an evangelical Christian, was removed from the bench in 2003 over his refusal to take down a monument to the Ten Commandments in the state Supreme Court building in Alabama. Last year, he was suspended for the remainder of his term after telling probate judges to enforce the ban on gay marriage, which by then had been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Both fights elevated his profile among religious conservatives in the state and nationally.

The fact that Roy ran and won a Republican Primary shows you how many truly stupid and ignorant people live in Alabama, and dare I say it, religion froze their brains. I would argue as an aside, that conservative religions are antithetical to democracy. It is a belief that cannot be challenged by logic (faith), and as such denies all compromise. Say goodbye to rational thought and finding middle ground solutions. Where it gets really dangerous is when it leaks over into our political thinking, as in conservative Republicans and their conservative beliefs about gays, the economy, immigrants, oh you name it. Once you have a part of your brain that accepts groking, a gut drinking in to believe or understand something, which is what most religion is, say goodbye to rational thought. Who needs facts? There is no coincidence that conservative Republicans are mostly evangelical Christians or Bible thumpers of one sort or another.

Okay so Alabama, and Republicans so craven for holding on to power, were getting behind Roy while in essence, striking a blow to very heart of American and the foundation of our Constitution, when out come the sexual allegations. Now Roy claims these are political lies and attacks on him. But there is simply too much there there and we are in a time when we are starting to listen to women and believe them. Now for my part, this is why Roy is such a holier than thou guy. He knows he is the devil and he compensates by being a Bible thumper to root out evil (his own which you can bet he is in total denial on). But enough about Roy, he is a piece of scum right of the Republican playbook, and he is toast. Let’s focus on the Republicans.

First thing, if you are a hypocrisy buff, is remember when the women came out and accused President Clinton and Clinton did a small-scale Moore defense, but Republicans were all over it taking the side of the women (and correctly). Now they jump on Roy’s defense team? Craven doesn’t even get close.

“Take Mary and Joseph. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler told the Washington Examiner. “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”

Um, if you believe this nonsense, then remember the part about immaculate conception. I bet Joseph would have been struck down by a vengeful immaculate conceptor for rubbing her body parts. But that is typical of Republican failure to connect the dots because I don’t want to connect the dots. From the Atlantic Monthly:

Many leading Republicans outside of Alabama said in public statements they would like to see Moore step aside—if the allegations against him are true. On Thursday, The Atlanticreached out to all 52 GOP senators, and the 19 lawmakers who responded said exactly that. That approach would seem to leave room for Moore to deny the report and continue his campaign.

“It comes down to a question [of] who is more credible in the eyes of the voters—the candidate or the accuser,” Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of evangelical Liberty University and a Moore supporter, told RNS. “And I believe the judge is telling the truth.”

Indeed, many Republican officials are still behind him. “I’m not saying I support what he did,” Bibb County Chairman Jerry Pow told journalist Dale. But Pow said he’ll still vote for Moore, simply because he doesn’t want to vote for the Democrat.

Now where is the mentality in, “I would rather have an immoral sexual predator and Constitution denying moron, than a Democrat. Are you starting to see the connection between religion, whether spiritual or political gets us a damaged brain?

So I will just leave you with this: Republicans are evil and the country left in their hands will be destroyed. Sure, some have come out finally against him. They can read polls. But until we rid ourselves of this whole crop, and maybe the states that elect them, we are destined to ignorance, stupidity, and policy that hurts America, not helps it. No we should never compromise with these nut balls.

Oh, and yes I have been missing in action. You know, that work thing. You don’t think the wine I buy is cheap do you.

Football Hazing Otherwise Known as Rape

The New Jersey incident should teach us all we want to know about denial and believing want you want to believe to deny reality. At a school board meeting the parents of the football team were questioning why this is such a big deal as one woman described the incident as:

“No one was hurt. No one died. I don’t understand why they’re being punished. I think that the forfeited game was punishment enough.” Seems the denial among some parents is just as pervasive as the crimes going on in the locker rooms.

I guess if she had a daughter and she were raped, she would completely understand and accept that defense of the rapist, “What’s the big deal, no one was hurt, no one died”. Of course she wouldn’t.

The only thing surprising to me is that the Superintendent, against public pressure, did the right thing and suspended the football program for the rest of the season. There is something very sick in this community and the coaches had to know or to be more generous, should have known. They should be gone. If I understand this event correctly (the facts of the actual assault have not been released in the formal charges because they are minors), one has to wonder if these actions were the result of latent homosexual denial that is acting out their own feelings of self hated for having these feelings. Otherwise, I have no way to explain it.

Oh, and as she who must never be mentioned here opined, those who say the others that did not participate but were in the locker room should not be punished, did not understand the moral of The Lord of the Flies. When Ralph and Piggy did not participate in the beating death of Simon, they were anything but blameless because they did not object. Failing to try to stop it makes you as guilty as those who participated because you tacitly went along. Kind of like not voting, which if you haven’t got it yet is going to be my theme until election day.

Oh, and it is Joe Paterno (Penn State Coach called Joepa) all over again. Of course he knew, but somehow the greed for winning games drove denial of a horrible crime. Maybe we should give Joe his real legacy, The Joe Paterno Syndrome which puts winning above morality and results in massive denial. The people of Sayreville, or at least many of the parents of football players, are suffering from the Joe Paterno Syndrome and need deep psychological help.