November 24, 2017

This week, President Trump spoke out on the Senate race in Alabama, where Republican Roy Moore is fighting allegations of sexual misconduct toward young women approximately 40 years ago. While many Republicans have repudiated Moore and called on him to step down, he refuses and denies all the allegations (his attorneys are pointing out inconsistencies in his accusers’ claims, the latest of which are in the story at the link). Trump said it’s good for women that these past examples of sexual misconduct are coming up, but you have to listen to Moore, too, and he “totally denies” all the charges. Trump didn’t say whether he would campaign for Moore, but he said we don’t need a Democrat in that seat who will be bad on crime, the border, immigration and the Second Amendment.

Naturally, Trump’s comments set off a firestorm among liberal media members, who accused Republicans of defending one of their own who’s accused of sexual misconduct while Democrats are demanding investigations of Al Franken and John Conyers. That’s pretty rich, coming from the people who created the template that “character doesn’t matter” when they circled the wagons around Bill Clinton even after he was accused of violent rape. Michelle Goldberg, the New York Times columnist who set off shock waves just days ago by saying she believed Juanita Broaddrick, is already backpedaling on her call for Al Franken to resign because he’s a liberal and she wants him to stay in the Senate. And I don’t hear many calls for Conyers to resign before he’s investigated.

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Frankly, I think that at the moment, it’s impossible for anyone to occupy the “high ground” because nobody knows where it is. Everyone wants to believe the women and side with the victims. But the timing is very suspicious, there has still been no evidence presented, no trial, the accused flatly denies the charges, and one of our bedrock principles is that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The past few years have seen an erosion in due process rights on campus, where any accusation of sexual assault was enough to destroy a young man’s life, and he wasn’t even allowed to defend himself. We should be stamping that idea out on campus, not spreading it to the wider culture.

It’s been a couple of weeks since this Roy Moore story first hit, and unless some evidence or a confession or withdrawal come before mid-December, the decision on whether Moore or Democrat Doug Jones will go to Washington is going to rest with the consciences of Alabama voters. If Moore wins and then evidence of his guilt arises, then he should immediately resign or be expelled. Same goes for any other Republican or any Democrat: if proven guilty, they should not hold high office, regardless of party.

But I’d remind everyone who is baying for a mob verdict of the words of one of the people who actually created the Senate, Benjamin Franklin: “It is better 100 guilty persons should escape than that one innocent person should suffer.”


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  • Carl Smith

    11/28/2017 12:14 AM

    I was a victim of the 'She Said" 40 years ago and it cost me a Loving Family. The reason for the person who accused me of mistreating her is someone to this day I cannot identify, but her husband worked for me and just could not handle the job and it was one that carried a lot of responsibility. If you have ever watched Deep Water Horizon, you will understand, and I had to let him go. My point is Due Process in a He Said-She Said situation was a losing game 40 years ago and it's rearing it's ugly head again.

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    11/27/2017 07:10 PM

    God bless Ann Bennett, Alabama and the USA.

  • james putney

    11/27/2017 11:52 AM

    Donald Trump. Serial harasser of women. President. 'Nuff said.

  • james putney

    11/27/2017 10:17 AM

    Donald Trump. Serial harasser of women. President. 'Nuff said.

  • Stephen Russell

    11/26/2017 04:12 PM

    Rename Capitol Hill Pervert Hill, & the C in DC stands for Corruption.
    & these names for Capitol Hill 2:
    Sex Hill
    Porn Hill?
    Sodomy Hill.
    Add others, add more.
    Survey audience.
    Rename or nickname the Hill.

  • Ann Bennett

    11/24/2017 04:47 PM

    Certainly we believe Judge Moore! Vietnam Veteran, West Point graduate, 40 years of honorable service to AL, and testimony after testimony of his lifelong integrity by people who know him well are proof of his truthfulness.
    If he were guilty of sexual impropriety, he would still be acting improperly. Perverts don't change. Judge Moore's enemies attest that he can't be bought. He gave up a powerful job and good salary to defend the right of God's commandments in a public building. He did the same thing again to uphold the will of the voters of AL when we amended our constitution to say marriage requires one male and one female. The lying locusts from the abyss have been released on AL, and we need the prayers of our countrymen to protect Judge Moore from these false accusations, and defend our Senate seat from the Democrats. Thank you.