No Moore, please no Moore

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

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


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