Some of the rationalizations for supporting accused child molester and Mall Troll Roy Moore are truly interesting. The lamest fall into the “I wasn’t there, so I don’t know” category. Give. Me. A. Break.
I wasn’t there, but I’m reasonably sure Qin Shi Huang was the first emperor of a unified China in 220 B.C.
I wasn’t there but I’m certain that on January 27, 1880 Thomas Edison received a patent for an incandescent light bulb.
I wasn’t there but I do know that on July 21, 2016 Roger Ailes left Fox News under a billowing cloud of sexual harassment allegations.
So, give me a break — personal knowledge is not necessary to establish the truth of a situation. Credibility is required, and if the women’s’ reports are credible then we can reasonably conclude that impropriety took place. Those who have decided to discount the credibility of the women’s accusations do so at their own risk. The first risk is that they are denying evidence which conflicts with their ideological bent. This isn’t what the world calls rational. The second is that they are discounting evidence which in other circumstances they would admit (as if the accused was a member of another political party) thus rendering themselves hypocritical. Third, there’s a risk of discounting all allegations of sexual misconduct, as if men were never responsible for sexual harassment — this is painfully close to the “she made me do it” excuse.
We’ve had some problems with this third excuse over time, usually falling into the She Was Asking For It — category of justification. She was dressing too provocatively. She was moving on me. She was where she wasn’t supposed to be if she were a nice girl. No. This isn’t how it works. Even though several courts in times past have allowed this defense. That it was once a mainstay of male rationalization doesn’t make it so in the 21st century. That bus left the station years ago.
However, worst consequences are for the once proud Republican Party. The Party of Everett Dirksen, Robert Dole, and Ronald Reagan is now the party of Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and Steve Bannon. The Party that ran on family values and personal responsibility now supports those whose values are highly questionable and whose sense of responsibility comes to a screeching halt when they are called to account.