McCain hypocrisy front and center
The newly virulent sexual harassment plague has hit the Arizona State Legislature and Yuma LD 13 Republican Rep. Don Shooter is the latest casualty. And we mean casualty. Mi-Ai Parrish, the publisher of the Arizona Republic, claims he insulted her. He’s dead man walking.
The symptoms are claims of leering eyes accompanied by a mouth capable of uttering perceived insults. As we have witnessed in Alabama with the obscene spectacle accompanying nearly 40-year-old claims now being leveled against former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore — currently poised to win the U.S. Senate seat — all hands are on deck to take him out.
Accusations of improprieties are all it takes for reputations to be ruined, jobs lost, and families destroyed. There is no recourse for the accused since the presumption of innocence until proven guilty doesn’t apply.
Politicians — hypocrite John McCain leads the pack — line up to take whacks at the accused. Media outlets are unable to get their fill of the salacious tidbits, actual or manufactured. Headlines echo themselves day after day.
We don’t presume to know which reports are true and which are contrived. But there is something disturbing about this scorched earth policy of calling for accused individuals to “resign now!” that has recently reached epidemic proportions. In criminal trials, the burden is on the prosecution to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That is obviously not the case when establishment politicians want to deny an office to a known conservative.
This rush to judgment brings to mind notorious cases, such as the fallacious rape claims made by Tawana Brawley against 6 innocent men. The hapless Duke University Lacrosse players suffered the same fate until exonerated. Anita Hill, whose lawyer was left-wing politico Janet Napolitano accused Clarence Thomas of harassment in a failed effort to keep him off the U.S. Supreme Court. Each of those cases had a racial component, giving them even greater victimization status since the accusers were all black females. The reputations of the accused in those cases were irreparably damaged even after their innocence was proven.
And speaking of McCain, the showboating fraud is all over the news again, railing against Pres. Trump for what McCain characterizes as appearing to accept the word of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin regarding last year’s election interference.
When Barack Obama was brazenly interfering with the Israeli presidential election and operatives were sent to insure the defeat of Pres. Benjamin Netanyahu, where was McCain? The usually loquacious McCain was silent.