When we elect someone to public office, we make a moral choice. We choose someone to make and enforce our laws. We elect someone to enforce values that we consider so important that we are willing to punish anyone who refuses to adhere to those values.
If someone murders, we try to catch that someone. If the crime is sufficiently heinous, we may execute at someone.
If someone steals, we try to imprison the thief.
If someone rapes, we try to shame and lock up the rapist.
If someone refuses to pay their taxes, we seize their property. We may even throw them in jail.
If someone runs a traffic light, we fine that someone. Repeat offenders lose their driving privileges. The more stubborn we lock up.
For those who don’t know, in 1972 Sanders penned an article called “Man… and a Woman” which ran in the Vermont Freeman. You can find a link to the article in its entirety here.
It’s not a bad article, although a bit graphic and perverse, in which Sanders presents many of the tropes of sexual politics that began in the 60’s and continue to exist today in certain quarters. What is remarkable, or not for those with jaded eyes, is how Sanders somehow managed to declare that women fantasize about rape, and yet he suffered absolutely no political fall out for it. It is the hypocrisy here that astounds me, or perhaps not, because I have grown accustom to it. Were a conservative or a Republican or even a measly little Christian blogger not even running for office, to have stated such a thing, the social fallout would have been astounding.
Instead of NOW protesting, and the local Feminists United staging a demonstration, I am surrounded by progressive and feminist Bernie-dines who believe he is just the cat’s meow. Women who are highly educated about sexual politics, about culture and sociology, have “Bernie, he’s our man,” signs posted in their yards and all over their facebook pages. (continued here)
We have a large number of Republicans running to be our president this year. Unfortunately, the news media is urging them to pick fights with each other. Instead of a serious discussion of the issues, the news media wants an entertaining brawl. Not only is that immature, it is immoral.
Consider what we ask politicians to do, and this is the way we pick the ones we elect? When we consent to shallow news media shows of this sort (do nothing about it), we become part of the problem.