Democratic Party = Mob
What is the difference between the Democratic Party and a mob? Answer: Nothing.
The Democratic Party has entered the Twilight Zone, one in which everything is in reverse.
In a just society, a person accused of wrong-doing is innocent until proven guilty, and the burden of proof is on the accuser.
In contrast, in the Democratic Party, a person accused of wrong-doing is guilty until proven innocent, and the burden of proof is on the accused. Well, that is if the accused is a Republican politician or selected for public office by a Republican politician.
When the accused is a Democrat, the Democratic Party says, “Please disperse. Nothing to see here.”
In the case of Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats incited an angry mob to attack him and anyone who dared to defend him. All that was missing was Democratic Party leaders handing out torches.
Granted, Kavanaugh is no angel. Still, the brouhaha about him pertains to something that he allegedly did while he was a minor.
Meanwhile, several women accused Bill Clinton of committing sexual assault while he was an elected public official. How did Democrats respond to those accusations?
There are reasons our legal system requires proof of allegations. Conviction by accusation has a horrific pedigree. The terms “witch hunt” and “lynching” are not hyperbole: In Salem, in 1692-93, 20 people were hanged — most of them women. Nearly 4,000 blacks were lynched in the U.S. between 1877 and 1950 — many for false accusations of sexual assault against white women.
People whipped into a fervor of righteous indignation, unconstrained by process and the rule of law, do unspeakably evil things. False accusations can destroy someone’s career, livelihood and reputation. (This is why we have defamation laws.)
We cannot punish one man for the sins of others. We cannot countenance the abolition of the presumption of innocence. Nor can we — even out of commiseration with the victim of an alleged assault — say her accusation is enough to convict someone, whether in a court of law or in the court of public opinion.
This isn’t cruel. It isn’t heartless. And it certainly isn’t patriarchy. It’s self-preservation. Women have been hanged. Women have been lynched. Women have been falsely accused and have been the false accusers.
If Brett Kavanaugh is a sexual predator, then Bill Clinton is one, too, and in 2016 the Democratic Party had a presidential nominee who defended a sexual predator.
If those who defend sexual predators shouldn’t be in public office, then it was good that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 U.S. presidential election.