Originally, I just intended to just write a comment, but the more I thought about it the more interesting I thought IB’s observations.
To make identity politics work, Liberal Democrats have to understand our differences and then contrive to use those differences to split us, and that they have done. Make no mistake.
To a large extent, the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh is just in preparation for the election in November. So Conservatives have to be careful with their words.
So is IB right? Are Conservatives hurting themselves? Probably. We do need to assure women that Conservatives abhor sexual abuse of any kind. However, everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence, even men disliked by Liberal Democrats. Balancing those two messages can be confusing.
Anyway, here is the comment I had planned to leave.
Ordinarily I am happy to agree with you, but I don’t think you are being fair to Pastor Wilson. The pastor’s complaint is that these accusations are being made without any regard to due process.
The pastor never poo pooed the issues of sexual harrassment or rape. When he used the example of the adulterous woman the scribes and the Pharisees had brought to Jesus for judgement, he even use an appropriate example. Even though the woman was guilty of adultery, the men judging her had no business using her to push an agenda of their own. None of the woman’s accusers were acting in obedience to God. They did not care about the woman’s sin. They were trying to destroy Jesus.
Did Pastor Wilson present his case perfectly? Of course not.
You are a first class communicator. Your blog is one of the best, but does everyone understand what you are trying to say? You know they don’t. When we read what someone else has written, we can garble it in a thousand ways.
What is Pastor Wilson missing? I guess you think it is this. Women instinctively demand protection. In an age of fractured families and communties, women want the government to provide that protection. What is even more stupid is that many of them want both special protection and the alleged glories of the sexual revolution.
In this environment the pastor’s message demanding due process does not sit well with some women. It may even seem dismissive of their complaints. However, if we want equal rights for both men and women, it is all our government can do. We all have the right to be treated equally before the law, even men.
Is there a solution? Yes. The Bible still provides the best guide for sexual relations. Sex is a gift from God, and we need to treat that gift with the reverence it deserves. We need to bring up our boys and girls to respect each other as fellow children of God. We need to avoid as much as possible situations that might lead to sexual sin.
However, doing what the Bible requires is a matter of custom, not law. We cannot legislate some things. Expecting senators to deal fairly with a vague, decades old, last minute, sex crime accusation in a politicized hearing just isn’t realistic. This may be a fight over a justice, but too many of these senators are fighting for power, not justice.
So I was not going to talk about Brett Kavanaugh, politics, or the charges against him, and by “charges” I mean charges in the court of public opinion. I am still not going to talk about Kavanaugh directly because both proclaiming his innocence or pronouncing his guilt all about the intertoobz is just stoopid.
There is a much larger issue here that is far more important, and that is how the chattering conservative class never seem to realize they are actually much like cats at the mercy of a little red dot. Seriously, quiver that laser light to the right and all the little chattering cats will run to the right. Or if you’d like to see them try to climb up the wall, point it towards the wall. It’s almost like having a remote control in your hands.
In politics the goal is not to prove some guy’s guilt or innocence…
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