CHARACTER MATTERS: Here’s How CONSERVATIVES Can Defend Themselves Against Scandalous Charges

Written by Michael Cummings on April 30, 2017

If you have a mirror handy, kindly gaze into it, and you will find your problem
–Author Unknown

First, they came for Tomi (she wasn’t really first, rather first in the latest round), then Milo, then Bill.
Scalps achieved. Then, aided by a waffling Debbie Schlussel, they tried for Sean Hannity. Thankfully, they failed. Now they’re lasing the target on Fox News, the entire media empire itself.

The double standard in American politics is one of the foremost American proverbs. In any category of life, when the Left screws up, we’re lectured against “engaging in the politics of personal destruction,” and the conversation tends to stop there. No repercussions. No resignations. But when anyone else does
anything remotely similar — or if there’s even the hint of moral or legal impropriety – Leftists’ bloodlust
and holier-than-thou pontifications surpass themselves with each “scandal”. Resignations a-go-go. It never ends.

Is this fair? Of course not, but what do you do? That wasn’t a statement of resignation but a serious question, and I’m aiming it mostly at the Republican Party: What are you prepared to do?

One of the greatest things both candidate Donald Trump and President Trump have accomplished is proving the media is a paper tiger. From calling out reporters by name in the middle of a press conference to not attending the White House Correspondents Dinner, Trump has shown that when you do stand up to these people, you won’t internally combust. Nothing really happens, and these cretinous parrots move on to their next hysteria.

As the meme goes, This Is Why Trump Won.

The problem we have, my fellow citizens, is the GOP doesn’t stand up enough. Tolstoy-length tomes fill the halls of American history with Republicans standing down from what the Left merely chuckles at when they sin in the same way. So stand up, Republicans. You’ve been wimps so long, try another tactic. What have you got to lose?

The other problem we have is not being jerks. Tomi Lahren was apparently difficult to work with, yelling at The Blaze staff members in front of everyone. Milo shocked for the sake of shock, like posting a mean
and anti-Semitic Tweet when Ben Shapiro’s son was born. If Bill O’Reilly is innocent of the multiple allegations, would he have benefited from practicing Vice President Pence’s policy about not being alone with women, just in case?

To me, if you’re going to be in the public eye, be like Sean Hannity and be a good person. Solid media figures like Erick Erickson and Michelle Malkin immediately came to Hannity’s defense. Allegations aside, what big name equivalent defended O’Reilly’s character? Regardless of what you think of Hannity or his politics, his good character is likely the only thing that saved him and his career.

Recognizing that we all fail at some point to live up to high moral standards, at least strive to be of good cheer and character. When you are accused of doing something bad and your reputation
is immediately upheld by those who know you, your odds of making it go way up.

photo credit: Gage Skidmore Sean Hannity via photopin (license)

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.