By yesterday, it was clear Sen. Al Franken was done.
Rep. John Conyers was also forced to resign. Sen. Al Franken resigned this morning. This isn’t about morality so much as it is the Democrats positioning themselves to “War on Women” the Republicans in the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election:
“A year into Donald Trump’s presidency, many voters still don’t know what Democrats stand for — so at the very least, party leaders reluctantly decided, they better take a stand against sexual harassment.
Especially when they’re going to need a huge turnout among women to do what now still seems like a reach, but six months ago seemed impossible: flip the House and maybe even the Senate, and rally in races for governor and state legislature across the country next year.
“For the last decade, Democrats have been pointing the finger at the Republican Party for devaluing women,” said Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA and the executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2012 and 2014 cycles. “This is a requirement to be able to look at them with a straight face and say we’re the party that cares about them.” …”
The pitch will be the Republicans are the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump. There is a rumor floating around Twitter that CNN and The Washington Post are working on accusing up to 40 members of Congress of sexual harassment as #MeToo spirals out of control:
Hearing the total may top 40. https://t.co/SIRQ9B4YLE
— Neil King (@NKingofDC) December 7, 2017
The dangerous precedent that is being set here is ANY accusation from a woman against a man in the workplace or politics should be 1.) automatically believed without corroborating evidence and 2.) that accusations alone are sufficient to destroy a man’s career. If the Republicans yield to this political pressure, it will empower feminists like never before. By this standard, you are guilty of sexism if you doubt Tawana Brawley or the accusations made against the Duke Lacrosse players.
This touches upon a subject that I wrote about last night in The Hard Right, Women, Traditionalism. We don’t live in a traditional society anymore. Instead, we live under liberalism, which has abolished traditional gender roles in the name of “freedom” and “equality” and “individual rights.” As a result of this, schools and the workplace have been integrated and it has led to exactly the sort of behavior that critics of feminism once predicted would happen. Even though sexual harassment is the inevitable result of feminism and integration, it is now being cited to further demonize men.
The integration of the military is a classic example of this. Previously, the military had been a traditionally male space, but once it was integrated and women were allowed to become soldiers and sailors the result was an explosion in pregnancies and accusations of sexual harassment. This has happened at schools and colleges, the workplace and politics. There will always be unwanted sexual advances in integrated spaces and it is the result of the corrosive effect of liberalism on our culture.
We’ve built our society around the notion that men and women are exactly the same, that they should be free to do whatever they want, that they should have the same individual rights and that there shouldn’t be exclusively male and female roles and spaces. Then we cry about the consequences. Under liberal democracy, we have reached the point where the major parties are pitting women against men for political gain, which further polarizes and undermines our culture.
The solution to the negative side effects of liberalism is traditionalism, not more liberalism. If we returned to traditional gender roles, this wouldn’t be happening.