Shakespeare wrote, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” He was correct. When one lies, bears potentially false witness against someone and practices immoral behavior, life becomes more complicated as the fabrications mount up, and it is difficult to remember what story one told.
Today’s atmosphere is highly charged with many unproven accusations of improper sexual behavior in both Hollywood and the Beltway. It is doubtful that the accusers are in error, but physical evidence has not been presented to a court of law.
It began slowly a few years ago with a forty-year-old accusation against Bill Cosby by a woman who was fifteen at the time of the alleged drugging and rape. She had contact with Cosby as she worked as a hostess in the Playboy Mansion.
Today it has branched out to Hollywood producers and actors along with members of the House and Senate.
No should ALWAYS mean no, and everyone can agree with that without question.
The biggest danger these accusations bring is allowing people to be pushed from a job or position without proof positive from a court ruling, making it easy to get revenge on a rival by simply making a powerful accusation.
According to the legal system here in the United States, people are innocent until proven guilty.
While not defending the accused in any way shape or form, it sets a dangerous legal precedent but raises the question of why.
Why did these ladies decide to wait years before bringing up the unfair pressure that was put upon them? Physical evidence can be collected at the time of the event and is enforceable in a court of law.
Yet, the ones who are accused are seemingly denied due process?
Reviewing the recent upheaval that has surrounded Congressman John Conyers and Senator Al Franken, it is obvious that their peers are calling for them to step down.
Conyers has declared retirement as of yesterday stating that his legacy and career cannot be tainted by the accusations.
The investigation by Congress’ Ethics Committee cannot continue against Conyers if he is no longer a sitting Congressman. Unless his accuser brings a civil suit against him, the matter is terminated. Perhaps, it is because this lawmaker knows something the public doesn’t know and fears exposure and public shame if the court delivers proof positive.
It brings to question of why one more time.
Did he jump into instant retirement because he felt that he would be found guilty or just to preserve his legacy?
His accuser seems reliable, so it leaves the people to draw their own conclusions, but once someone is accused it is hard to shake the taint, even when exonerated, which he has not been.
Senator Al Franken is an ineffective Senator and has a history of being a jackass.
Even on Saturday Night Live, he was offensive. He has never been anywhere near as amusing as he thinks. His poor taste in humor, manners and moral judgement has indicted him with the photograph of him fondling Leeann Tweeden. He may have thought it was the height of comedy, when in fact, it was his death knell.
With photographic evidence like this, it is easy to believe all of the accusers.
Smelling blood in the water, the Democrats are acting all self-righteous and indignant, calling for the two to step down.
What about the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton? He was proven time and time again of sexual misconduct. Where was the Democratic Party during his eight years in the White House? Where was the moral outrage?
The Democratic Party is exhibiting the height of hypocrisy and jumping on the band wagon a day late and a dollar short while pointing fingers at candidate Roy Moore of Alabama with his also unconfirmed accusations.
The state of the Beltway has degenerated down to the quality of a moral pig sty.
It is a political dog and pony show with jackasses leading the way.
It is an unprecedented turn of events and should be embarrassing to all US citizens.
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