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Sen. Al Franken released Thursday that he was resigning from america Senate amid allegations, leveled at him by more than a few women, of inappropriate conduct. After denying those allegations, Franken told the chamber, “I, of most people, am aware of the irony that I am departing while a guy who features bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Workplace and a guy who features preyed on underage women is operating for the Senate with the entire support of his get together.”
Indeed, irony is normally a gentle phrase choice here. Perhaps instead we have to talk about hypocrisy.
Early on, I called for Franken to step straight down. I did so so because as a Democrat, I assume that if we will support women in our guidelines and rhetoric, we also need to support them with this actions – and that includes position against sexual assault and sexual harassment, regardless of whether the perpetrator is at our own party. This is moral leadership.
Paradoxically, Republicans in Alabama and across the country who continue to support Senate applicant Roy Moore claim to take action because of moral values. What this seemingly means is that they are ready to vote for a guy who is purported to have repeatedly preyed on and harassed multiple teenage women (one as small as 14) because he’s against abortion and gay relationship. (Moore denies the allegations.)
This is not moral leadership; it really is moral hypocrisy. It really is treating guidelines as things you pick and select at a cafeteria, depending on which party is offering you the menu. Legitimate principles, and the guidelines behind authentic moral and ethical leadership, are constantly applied no matter what.
Democrats haven’t always offered that moral leadership found in this area. See, for example, the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Expenses Clinton. Then as nowadays, it’s arguable that part of the reason most Democrats didn’t speak away then — and many were thus reluctant to take action even now in the case of Franken — wasn’t because they didn’t believe Clinton or Franken’s accusers of find the alleged activities odious, but because they found both men’s policies, by-and-large, thus positive, particularly for ladies.
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In public, these men were champions of women’s legal rights, from equal pay to reproductive freedom and plenty in between. Just mainly because Hollywood abetted Harvey Weinstein for so long because his videos were good, Democrats sometimes abet politicians who are privately sexist pigs because their general public policies are good.
Which all — ridiculously — perpetuates the problem by implying we could never expect more, such as nonsexist movie moguls who make good movies, and nonsexist legislators who also make good policies. We’ve for too much time resigned ourselves to “just how issues are” because we are pessimistic that a solution is possible.
And still, set from this backdrop, the hypocrisy of Republicans stands out even further. Because not merely have Republicans produced attacking the equal rights and option of women a key component of their political agenda, however they are also now embracing a pattern — that being truly a man accused of harassing and assaulting women of all ages and girls won’t simply fail to obtain you kicked out of office but won’t stand in the form of your getting elected.
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It worked in this manner with President Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by different women of all ages (he denies the allegations), and next week seems likely to do thus with Roy Moore.
Conservatives like to feign outrage at liberals accusing them of launching a good “war on women,” but let’s look at what conservatives themselves are doing, and the way the Republican Party seems to increasingly come to be embracing misogynist anti-ladies leadership.
Democrats, want Franken, are finally starting to take into account their wrongs. Republicans? They seem to be getting worse.