No Moore, please no Moore
I don’t know if I am one of the “repetitive six,” but at the risk of causing Emile Knud-Hansen to feel “…uninformed and irritated…” I will venture to exercise my First Amendment right to express my opinion. To be perfectly honest, with so many “Breaking News” stories flooding the airwaves and printed pages of newspapers and magazines, I find myself marveling at the increasingly wide ranges of opportunities for comment. Boring? Repetitive? Arrogant? All in the eye of the beholder. But here I go again with more about Moore.
That’s right, the latest Republican-led scandal is about Roy Moore, running for Jeff Session’s Senate seat in the U.S. Congress. The same Roy Moore who was kicked off the bench not once, but twice for ignoring Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage and displaying religious artifacts in government buildings, in this case the Ten Commandments. What has he done now? Well, according to a
Washington Post investigation, good old Roy boy sexually molested a teenager when she was only 14, and he was more than twice her age at 32. It didn’t take long after talking with 30 individuals close to the case to discover three more women who had similar reports about Roy taking advantage of them when they were also teenagers.
You would think, after recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey brought their reputations down to the gutter where they belong, that the public would react in a similar fashion to Roy’s revelations. Alas, it depends not on one’s tolerance for sexual harassment, rape, or even child molestation, but more on one’s party affiliation, with Republicans sing- ing Tammy Wynette’s little ditty “Stand by Your Man.” How sad that Republicans have to leave their values and morality at the door when they enter the voting booth these days.
In closing, just an answer to Roy’s question about why now, why 40 years after the alleged indecent acts took place? No, Roy, it is not a Democratic conspiracy, it’s simply a well-recognized psychological phenomena known as PTSD. Once traumatized sexually by an older man, all it takes is a “trigger” such as the “me too” movement to bring back all those emotions, all those fears and insecurities the original act embedded in their psyches, and the current environment that abhors blaming the victim, but welcomes them to come forward to tell the world what happened to them so long ago. FRANK L. MILLER