What often happens in and after elections is a pendulum swing. When one side goes too far pushing its conservative or liberal agenda, the mood of the country tends to shift in the opposite direction. If you were paying any attention at all prior to the 2016 election, you probably sensed the shift of the country away from the progressive Obama ideology. In short: My left shoe could have defeated Hillary Clinton. It almost didn’t matter who was on the top of the ticket for the Republicans. The country was ready for a change, and it chose the opposite of an Obama.
The Trump effect
The only problem: Trump was a very flawed candidate, personally. Time and again he displayed traits that most of us would deem uncouth and unfit for the highest office in our country. The adolescent-like arguments, name-calling, and narcissistic tweets brought to us some of the worst campaigning in modern history. Then there were the sexual assault allegations, and the audio tape… Surely this was enough to take him down, right?
Nope. He won in a landslide. This led many of us outsiders to wonder what this meant for the emotional health of the country. With the election of Trump, were voters saying they no longer care about principles? That seems to be what the Republican leadership took from it, as evidenced by their decision to run with Roy Moore rather than an already excellent conservative candidate in Mo Brooks. They went “all in” on the character-less idea… and lost miserably; confirming the stereotype that Republicans are good on policy, but terrible on strategy.
What Alabama taught us
After Trump won, the pendulum began its rapid swing in the opposite direction. But this time, the swing wasn’t based on policies, it was based on personality. With the catastrophic Moore defeat, voters have said principles do matter, especially when it comes to respecting women. And I, for one, am relieved. I don’t want to live in a country where people are okay with men at the top who view our women like toys to be played with at their disposal.
I know feminists across the country may cringe at the phrase “our women”, but there is still a place for men in our society who have honor, integrity, and chivalry. Please. I’m not saying women aren’t capable of fending for themselves, of course I believe that. But it’s always more effective if someone in your own demographic confronts you. Good men who recognize it is our responsibility to take on the weasels in our own gender and put a stop to it. Let me make this very clear: I am opposed to Donald Trump holding office as much as I am opposed to Al Franken, and for the same reason. Anything else is contradictory and dishonest.
If you’re a man with integrity, combating the sexual assault epidemic starts with you opposing any man who thinks it’s okay to violate or take advantage of a woman. That means recognizing them, outing them, and standing in between them and our women. As Kenny Rogers powerfully wrote, “Sometimes you gotta fight when you’re a man.”