America is all jacked-up. In the Kardashian culture we have built, amoral behavior is not merely a norm, but it is civic and economic good on which purveyors of indecency profit. The result of a valueless culture is Americans replace unifying social norms and community standards with tribalism. In America, we apparently determine right and wrong solely by party affiliation. It’s gross. We are gross. Sexual assault isn’t political, it’s criminal.
I don’t think every person who alleges sexual assault must be believed. I do believe every allegation of sexual assault must be investigated and analyzed without regard to the accuser’s political party or the political party of the accused. Such an investigation or analysis of known facts may demonstrate the charges to be false or motivated by many horrible factors, including political assassination.
If, however, you find yourself believing or rooting for one set of accusers, or trying to destroy or deny another set of accusers because of the party of the accused, you are part of this glaring moral decline in this country.
Many of the hard-left activists leading the charge against Senate candidate Roy Moore were the exact same people trying to destroy the long line of credible women who made complaints of sexual assault and even rape against President Clinton … a sexual deviant. Remember his campaign manager, James Carville describing Paula Jones?
“If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find.”
The long troubling list of Clinton accusers were nothing more than “bimbo eruptions” to be handled and destroyed in the name of party politics. Those women were nothing more than liars, sluts, whores, and profiteers to many on the left.
I now watch with amusement as women I have known my whole life, democratic stalwarts, people who voted twice for Bill Clinton, and each time for Hillary, now ruminate on their social media about the wickedness of Roy Moore.
Most of these women haven’t even thought, not for one second, about their willingness to believe and support one set of accusers while denying and attacking the other accusers.
Welcome to America the partisan.
I am not merely picking on democratic hypocrisy here. The sickening hypocrisy and political zealotry that infects Democrats is the same swamp fever that has infected so-called republicans and conservatives.
Indeed, so bad is the gross misuse of the term “conservative” that I had to found a site just to reclaim the concept and be sure that “Conservatism,” like the GOP party, isn’t hijacked. Sadly, too many people think they are conservatives either because they hate Trump and are on the right, or because they are on the right and hate liberals. Conservatism is bigger than those sad, narrow, perversions born of hate.
Last week, I analyzed the allegations and known facts surrounding the Roy Moore controversy. That was before the new accuser.
There is only one, honest, intelligent, conclusion that a person can reach if he or she is using critical analysis and facts, rather than blind partisanship and hate to examine the original allegations.
Roy Moore had an inappropriate social relationship with a 14-year-old girl, and it appears credible that he attempted to convert that relationship into a sexual encounter.
When I posted my piece analyzing the Roy Moore allegations, not surprisingly the attacks came pouring out from some on the right suggesting I was either a liberal, a phony, a Vichy Republican The laughable insults included a host of other not so kind, embarrassing expressions of emotion. Sadly, most of these folks are incapable of thoughtful analysis or blinded from engaging in it by partisanship.
These exact same people likely can tell you every fact of the Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broadderick, or Paula Jones allegations against Mr. Clinton. To these emoters, those accusers were 100% truth-tellers and heroes, while the women in the Roy Moore allegations are liars, tramps, partisans, and profiteers.
Americans must learn to ignore these non-thinking, partisan, reactionaries on both sides who elevate party over fact. Facts matter and they are nonpartisan. Critical thought is essential, and it too must be nonpartisan.
Cases of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, or any form of sexual abuse deserve a partisan-free analysis based on verifiable facts and critical thinking.
It certainly may be that not every accuser is credible, or that not every accusation can be proven. Welcome to the real world. Indeed, legal minds can disagree on reasonable conclusions based on contradictory facts, witness credibility, and the motivation and history of an accuser. What is essential, however, is to know the facts, analyze them, and draw reasonable, non-partisan conclusions.
If you read only the title of some piece from some garbage-can site that profits off propaganda designed for fools, and then came to the remarkable conclusion that the story’s “timing is fishy,” you are doing this whole thinking thing all wrong.
The Roy Moore case, based solely on the first Washington Post story and witness statements contained therein raised many questions. The facts also resolved some of those questions if people only would have read and thought about them. I addressed all of that in my analysis.
Now, as we move forward, it has become glaringly obvious that Mr. Moore’s pension for young girls … not women … is indisputable. The verifiable facts that leak out each day are more damning, not less.
How many times did you write in a High School yearbook for a High School girl, when you were a 30+ lawyer? Did you sign it with “love?”
Whatever problems one might have with the timing of the Moore allegations, the last accuser produced tangible evidence of interactions with Moore. Moore then denied he knew her and claimed he didn’t even recall the restaurant. She agreed to take a lie detector. When a member of the press asked Moore if he would do the same, Moore walked away.
If your partisanship requires you to believe Moore and reject these women, that is certainly your right. If your partisanship requires you to believe the Moore accusers and reject the Clinton accusers, that too is your right.
The Constitution permits you to put our head in the sand, fingers in your ears, and sing LA-LA-LA-LA-LA for as long as you can.
Just understand, the problem in this civil society isn’t just the accusers or the accused. The problem in America is a growing corrupt, politically-motivated, fact-resistant, partisan population that will not galvanize around formerly universal concepts of right and wrong.
Sexual assault and molestation is wrong. Thirty-something year-old men hanging around high schools and malls chasing underage teenagers … that’s wrong. It’s not a partisan issue.
God forbid my or your daughter, wife, or loved one ever comes forward with the courage to tell a story of sexual abuse. If that happens, I am certain none of us would spend a week denying her, ripping her motivations, and refusing to get all the facts from her or to examine those facts once obtained.
If you are a decent American … of any political stripe … you would never treat your loved one that way. So, why do we treat other Americans that way?
My colleague wrote a hard-hitting opinion piece suggesting that anyone who votes for Moore is “immoral.” That’s a bridge too far for me.
He likely assumes that most Americans have the same information he has or the same ability to analyze it that he does. In addition, he probably wrongly assumes that most Americans have the same moral code as does he. Most do not, and a growing number of partisans would not analyze these facts even if they were capable of doing so because of their political zealotry.
I think a vote for Moore is a mistake. Sadly, I think votes for Moore reflect a combination of blind political zealotry in one hand or misinformed or uninformed voters on the other hand. Few of those votes will be “immoral” as my colleague suggests.
As much as I would love the better of two crappy parties to hold that seat, the credible shadow hanging over Moore would not allow me to vote for him, were I a resident of Alabama.
Sexual assault is a crime … it’s not a political act. Treat it appropriately.
No, Mr. Moore wasn’t convicted in a court of law, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use logic, reason, and known facts to reach a reasonable conclusion.
If OJ Simpson ran for the Florida Senate as a conservative republican, I wouldn’t use his acquittal as a basis to vote for him either. I would disqualify him based on my own judgment of his character and prior culpability.
The people of Alabama can do the same analysis on Roy Moore, none of which requires party affiliation.
Americans have to decide if we want to live in a country where whether our daughters, wives, mothers, or sisters are treated as tramps or heroes in a sexual assault case is determined by the political affiliation of the accused or the accusers.
Author: Richard Kelsey
Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.
Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.
At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.
Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.
In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.
Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.