So. Be careful what you wish for.
I have no idea what went on with Roy Moore. And the demands increase from Republicans in Washington for him to get out of the Alabama Senate race. Now, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has withdrawn his support for Moore, as has Utah’s Senator Mike Lee. McCains and Flakes they are not. If Moore in fact did what he is accused of, he should be gone from this race in an instant — with the decision made by the people of Alabama. Meanwhile the Hollywood scandals proceed apace.
Now even liberals are even beginning to get the drift — if decades late — of the mess liberalism has created.
It is crystal clear, as noted in this space a while back, that the 1960s sexual revolution is dying in front of our eyes. Death by a thousand cuts inflicted by the very liberal culture that gave it birth. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey and on and on through the other celebrity names mentioned in eye-popping accounts, the industry that glorified sex is now having second thoughts. It only took a few decades.
But now that this is happening and there is an apparent desire to revisit old charges — Democrats have opened a Pandora’s Box. Go no further than this headliner from the left-wing Atlantic. The headline:
Bill Clinton: A Reckoning
Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?
Here are a few excerpts from the article written by Atlantic contributing writer Caitlin Flanagan. After beginning with a recall of the Clarence Thomas hearings in 199, she says:
But then something that no one could have predicted happened. It was a pre-Twitter, pre-internet, highly analog version of #MeToo. To the surprise of millions of men, the nation turned out to be full of women—of all political stripes and socioeconomic backgrounds—who’d had to put up with Hell at work. Mothers, sisters, aunts, girlfriends, wives—millions of women shared the experience of having to wait tables, draw blood, argue cases, make sales, all while fending off the groping, the joking, the sexual pressuring, and the threatening of male bosses. They were liberal and conservative; white collar and pink collar; black and white and Hispanic and Asian. Their common experience was not political, economic, or racial. Their common experience was female.
For that reason, the response to those dramatic hearings constituted one of the great truly feminist events of the modern era. Even though Thomas successfully, and perhaps rightly, survived Hill’s accusations, something in the country had changed about women and work and the range of things men could do to them there.
But then Bubba came along and blew up the tracks.
Bubba, of course, being Bill Clinton.
… How vitiated Bill Clinton seemed at the last Democratic convention. Some of his appetites, at least, had waned….With a pencil neck and a sagging jacket he clambered gamely onto the stage after Hillary’s acceptance speech and played happily with the red balloons that fell from the ceiling.
When the couple repeatedly reminded the crowd of their new status as grandparents it was to suggest very different associations in voters’ minds.
…Yet let us not forget the sex crimes of which the younger, stronger Bill Clinton was very credibly accused in the 1990s. Juanita Broaddrick reported that when she was a volunteer on one of his gubernatorial campaigns, she had arranged to meet him in a hotel coffee shop. At the last minute, he had changed the location to her room in the hotel, where she says he very violently raped her. She said she fought against Clinton throughout a rape that left her bloodied. At a different Arkansas hotel, he caught sight of a minor state employee named Paula Jones, and, Jones says, he sent a couple of state troopers to invite her to his suite, where he exposed his penis to her and told her to kiss it. Kathleen Willey said that she met him in the Oval Office for personal and professional advice and that he groped her, rubbed his erect penis on her, and pushed her hand to his crotch.
It was a pattern of behavior; it included an alleged violent assault; the women involved had far more credible evidence than many of the most notorious accusations that have come to light in the past five weeks. But Clinton was not left to the swift and pitiless justice that today’s accused men have experienced. Rather, he was rescued by a surprising force: machine feminism. The movement had by then ossified into a partisan operation and it was willing—eager—to let this friend of the sisterhood enjoy a little droit de seigneur.
There is so much more here. The article is well worth the read. But what to do about it now? Note to Senator Ted Cruz, who has withdrawn his endorsement of Roy Moore and is miles from the corrupting GOP Establishment.
There is such a thing in Congress known as Resolutions. House Resolutions. Sense of the Senate Resolutions. They can be passed to reflect the House or Senate view on anything and have no legal effect beyond putting the body in question on the record on whatever subject it chooses.
Right this minute the official website of Congress lists the Senate and House resolutions introduced in this Congress. Here is just a sample from the Senate to give a flavor.
S.Res.70— 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 and expressing the sense of the Senate that policies that discriminate against any individual based on the actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion of that individual would be a repetition of the mistakes of Executive Order 9066 and contrary to the values of the United States.
S.Res.248— 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that flowers grown in the United States support the farmers, small businesses, jobs, and economy of the United States, that flower farming is an honorable vocation, and designating July as “American Grown Flower Month”.
Latest Action: Senate — 08/03/2017 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (All Actions)
And so on. Over in the House once upon a time California’s Maxine Waters had this House Resolution back in 1998:
H.Res. 466 (105th): Condemning the brutal killing of Mr. James Byrd, Jr.
It begins as follows:
In the House of Representatives, U.S.,
June 11, 1998.
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
- The House of Representatives finds as follows:
(1) Mr. James Byrd, Jr., a 49-year-old disabled African American male from Jasper County, East Texas, was last seen walking home from a niece’s bridal shower on June 6, 1998, and allegedly was offered a ride by 3 young white men, who then proceeded to physically and mercilessly beat Mr. Byrd in Jasper, Texas, then chained him to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him until the torso of his body was torn to pieces.
(2) Mr. James Byrd, Jr.’s body was found Sunday, June 7, 1998, on a bumpy, winding country road about 10 miles from his Jasper home, at the end of a trail of blood along a 2-mile stretch of road with his head, neck, and right arm severed.
(3) Mr. Byrd was so brutally disfigured that his head and torso were completely severed, with his head, neck, and right arm found about a mile away, and only finger prints could be used to identify him.
There is more here but the bottom line is clear. Rep. Waters wanted to condemn the horrific murder of James Byrd, the killers and racism. So did her colleagues. They agreed and passed the Resolution.
Since it is clearly apparent that Roy Moore — not to mention all those Harvey Weinstein-types from the lagoon of Hollywood — has brought the subject of sexual harassment and assault into the hot spotlight — then by all means let’s have the discussion.
What better way for Moore and his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones to agree than on supporting this sense of the Senate Resolution when one of them wins the Alabama Senate seat. It would go roughly like this:
A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Juanita Broaddrick never received a fair hearing for her charge of rape against the then-Attorney General of Arkansas William Jefferson Clinton, later President of the United States.
Senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Susan Collins, and others like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have condemned Judge Moore in the strongest terms and have called for his withdrawal from the Senate race. There should be no problem with these Senators and those who agree with them on the House side introducing identical resolutions that promise the American people and Ms. Broaddrick that they will at last take a serious look at her charges and act to educate the American people that both the Senate and the House will not stand for this kind of behavior as alleged by Ms. Broaddrick. Or others who accused the Clintons like Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey.
Will this launch a demand from Democrats to do the same to President Trump? Doubtless — and having seen the allegations the American people elected him anyway. Nothing new has emerged since the President took office. The Broaddrick allegation on the other hand did not emerge until 1999, and Broaddrick herself says that NBC News withheld its explosive, graphic interview with her until it was too late to affect the Clinton impeachment trial. Bill Clinton would never be on a ballot with this spectacular charge in the public domain.
If all of these Members of the House and Senate are really serious about the charges made in the Moore case — not to mention what has clearly been going on in Hollywood — then they will stand up for what they say they believe.
Will they do it? Will Moore opponent Doug Jones pledge to support such a resolution investigating the Clintons and the Broaddrick rape accusation if elected to the Senate?
Call me skeptical.
Either sexual assault is a serious subject — or it isn’t. Either the mores of the sexual revolution are coming to an end — or they are not.
I know this. The subject isn’t funny. The victims can be quite real. And every American is innocent until proven guilty.
But if all of a sudden so many Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen are racing to microphones to say they are outraged? Then they need to do something about Juanita Broaddrick and what happened with the Clintons. To hold one hearing after another about Hollywood’s sex problem. To name names and hold people accountable.
The addition of Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to this fight bodes well for Juanita Broaddrick — and finally and at last holding Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton responsible for their deeds. As even some notable liberals like the Atlantic and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes are finally doing.
The real question now? There is no excuse for this kind of behavior. Period. So where are the McCains and Flakes and other GOP insiders in and out of the Senate and the House in holding to account not just Roy Moore but their friends and fellow Establishment insiders? Will they bring about the Clinton reckoning as the Atlantic asks? Will they finally turn their Senate spotlight on the infamous Ted Kennedy/Chris Dodd “waitress sandwich” and the behavior of their own colleagues? Will these Senators put their time and actions in the Senate where they now say they really stand? Will they finally give Juanita Broaddrick her due?