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By over-correcting, the #MeToo movement has jumped the shark

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By over-correcting the MeToo movement has jumped the shark

I support the concept of the #MeToo movement. For too long, there has been silence allowing men in power to act out their aggressive and criminal sexual ways. From Harvey Weinstein to Al Franken to Blake Farenthold, powerful men in many industries and both political parties have been taken down by the #MeToo movement. These were good things.

What’s happening with Brett Kavanaugh is the #MeToo movement’s dark side. The silence by victims as well as the skepticism against accusers has been replaced by many non-victims making claims. It has also made it taboo to ask questions of alleged victims, let alone say anything at all other than blind support for anyone making claims.

This is an over-correction that’s playing out on the biggest stage. At stake is the future of the Supreme Court and therefore the nation itself.

When we hear Democratic Senators and people of power proclaiming they will not believe Brett Kavanaugh regardless of what he or Christine Blasey Ford said during their testimonies. Many of them said they would vote against President Trump’s nominee no matter who he nominated. In a society where everyone’s credibility is questioned, it’s ironic that the loudest opponents of Kavanaugh continue to throw their credibility out the window.

It’s unfortunate that this appears to be a stark example of an important and powerful movement “jumping the shark.”

The reality of what the #MeToo movement should have become is one that is pure and as blind as justice is supposed to be. Instead, everything is now seen through two different lenses. The first is applied to every accusation. It’s a lens of arbitrary rules set to remove gray area. Examples of these rules are that every accuser must be believed until indisputable proof that they are lying. This is, of course, the exact opposite of what was intended in our courts of law and what should be echoed in the court of public opinion. The burden of proof is on the accuser, not the accused.

There must be gray area. We must hear the accusations and be able to question the accusers just as we should question the accused. That’s harder thanks to the #MeToo movement. They want accusers insulated and believed no matter what. It makes it much easier to lie in order to destroy the innocent.

The second lens is being used today. It’s the lens of political desires. To most Republicans, Ford is not credible. To most Democrats, Kavanaugh is lying. Both perspectives are wrong. When it comes to something as important as this, we must try to seek the truth regardless of how it affects our politics. It’s not just about the Supreme Court. The future of a man and his family as well as potential vindication and justice for a woman and her family are at stake.

This is the ugly side of a worthy and important movement. When accusations are enough to potentially derail a man and the nation, the good from the movement turns ugly. The Democrats weaponized it and should be ashamed.

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves, let’s not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves lets not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

When a juicy story hits social media, the instant reaction is to run with it and all the implications. That’s the nature of our on-demand, always-on, real-time media world. The only thing faster than hot takes from the first hint of a story are the assumptions made by both sides regardless of the details.

Such is the case with Jussie Smollett, the actor who was allegedly attacked by MAGA-loving bigots. Smollett, a gay man of color, was allegedly targeted on the streets of Chicago, but now reports are coming in that it may have been an elaborate hoax designed to help him save his job on the cast of Empire.

But so far, police have only confirmed that Smollett is still being treated as a victim. Yes, there were two persons of interest questioned by police. Yes, Smollett skipped a voluntary interview with police this morning. Yes, the story was strange from the start and this new narrative seems to match much better regardless of which side of the political or cultural aisle you’re on.

And yet, nothing has been confirmed.


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It’s incumbent on us, whether journalists or simply social media users, to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. It works in both directions.

Was it all a hoax? Possibly. Some who are looking at he evidence today and the report released by local Chicago news may come to the conclusion that a hoax was likely. But let’s not assume until the truth is revealed by officials.

 


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Democrats push background check bill in the House

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Democrats push background check bill in the House

As social media buzzes about the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, Democrats hope to put their latest iteration of gun control on the floor and onto the Senate. Called a “bipartisan” attempt to initiate more background checks on firearm purchases and sales, many conservatives on Capitol Hill are speaking out against it.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill yesterday.

My Take

Gun control bills, of which this is merely the first to be pushed by the current iteration of Democrats, usually have two things in common. First, they don’t address the problem they’re allegedly trying to solve; neither the Parkland shooting nor any mass shooting in the 21st century would have been prevented had this bill been in place. Second, they are a stepping stone through which leftists will attempt to initiate more draconian laws that eat away at our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

As with the abortion issue, the gun control issue is one in which “common sense” is used to push harsher laws down the line.

It should be strange to cognizant Americans that Democrats continue to push laws that make it easier to kill preborn babies while making it harder for innocent people to defend themselves with firearms. Are you seeing a trend in their mentality?

 


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Freedom-lovers, keep an eye on AG William Barr

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Freedom-lovers keep an eye on AG William Barr

Today, William Barr is likely to be confirmed to be the next Attorney General. While he’s a qualified leader to take the reins over the Justice Department and a strong patriot, there are concerns that we must remember as he joins the Trump administration.

First and foremost, Barr’s record on the 4th Amendment is abysmal.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

One would hope the top law enforcer in the nation would be an ardent defender of the 4th Amendment, but Barr has demonstrated not only a willingness to circumvent it at times but has also expressed annoyance that it prevents law enforcement from doing its job, particularly as it pertains to stopping terrorism. He’s also a fan of the Patriot Act, though if anything it didn’t go far enough.

Sadly, only a tiny handful of Republicans in DC seem to be concerned.

The tribalism that has infected the country and plagued groups on both sides of the political aisle has struck once again. There would be plenty of objections from conservatives if Barr had been nominated by President Obama or another Democrat, but since he’s a Trump nominee it appears he’s going to fly through with no GOP Senators objecting other than Rand Paul.

It’s a shame that the President decided to go with Barr. It’s likely he did so based on Barr’s objections to Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian hacking of the election, but otherwise Barr’s record is one that doesn’t seem very conducive to freedom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

 


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