July 25, 2013

Is Jim Geraghty right?

Regarding the ridiculous (and pathetic) Anthony Weiner/Carlos Danger mess, he writes (in his e-mailed "Morning Jolt"):

Yes, you can find plenty of folks on the Right who fail to live up to their own ideals or general standards of acceptable behavior. But thankfully, for all of our flaws, you don't see a lot of conservatives arguing that certain creepy behavior has to be accepted out of party loyalty. And that represents a key philosophical difference with the Left, at least in practice.

Whether you come from a more socially conservative perspective or a more libertarian one, your philosophy gives you some strong arguments about why this sort of behavior is unacceptable.

If you're socially conservative, your values are likely shaped by a Judeo-Christian teaching that every person is created by God and thus deserving of respect, etc. So besides the usual Biblical/Torah-based teachings -- don't commit adultery, etc. -- sexually harassing your underlings, using an employee as a sexual plaything, or using your wife as a human shield during an embarrassing press conference is to objectify them and is pretty obviously not in line with God's teachings.

If you're libertarian, one of your core tenets is the value of the individual and the need to protect the rights of the individual -- and sexual harassment undoubtedly represents an infringement upon the rights of an individual. You may have less of an issue with adultery between consenting adults or even with prostitution (freely agreed contracts!) but ultimately whatever happens must be agreed upon by both/all parties. Cheating on one's wife and humiliating her in a public scandal isn't usually part of an agreed contract. (Someday we may have a political power couple in an open marriage, and it will be interesting to see what the public reaction will be.)

Geraghty goes on to say that, since modern liberals place the needs of the group ahead of the individual, it's therefore important to have the "correct" individuals in place to manage and effect their preferred policies. What these individuals do is relatively immaterial so long as they continue to do their job for the philosophy ... and party. Think "Ted Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Bob Filner, Eliot Spitzer, John Edwards and Al Gore" as examples. Not to mention Bill Clinton. And naturally, since the mainsream media always favors liberals/Democrats, the trangressions of folks like these are overlooked, while those of the opposition are never. I mean, it took the National Inquirer to investigate John Edwards, for cripe's sake, mainly because the MSM didn't give a sh**.

And take a gander what we see currently: Lib pundit Tamara Holder said about Carlos, er, Anthony Weiner: "Public service has nothing to do with bedroom service. 98.4367% of men cheat. I do know a few good men who don't. Leave Weiner alone." Out west, former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaņa said regarding San Diego mayor Bob Filner "I blew the whistle on this two years ago to the Democratic Party leadership." Party leaders, she said, "made it clear that if people didn't support Filner they wouldn't receive their support again."

And what conservative/Republican would get this sort of MSM coverage after admitting -- after vehemently denying and angrily denigrating opposing voices -- to sexting young women??

But back to the post title: Is Geraghty right in this assessment?

Posted by Hube at July 25, 2013 01:11 PM | TrackBack

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