Equating accusations with proven fact is reckless and repressive. It is also standard behavior in liberal politics, whereby they ruin lives without a second thought.
This piece is perfection. Seriously, if it were a person, I would marry it.
I’m a survivor of physical and sexual abuse, and no, you are not required to believe me, for the simple reason that you don’t know me and have no way to gauge my credibility. If you don’t believe me, I won’t call you a rape apologist, I promise. I won’t even feel unsafe. Or harassed. Or retraumatized.
The mantra “Believe Survivors” always begs the question: how do you know whether the person making an allegation is a survivor? What the mantra really means is “Believe every person who makes an allegation,” which is absurd on its face.
Stringer spoke out against Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation using much of the same rhetorical devices now wielded by his opponents in the mayoral race. I get that Glenn is arguing for the broader ideal, but I have no sympathy for Scott Stringer. You reap what you sow. Here's the link for those that are interested...
Of all of the things that disgust me in our society right now, and there are many, this one is the absolute worst. Innocent until proven guilty has been a foundation of our free society since inception. That some people are so willing to condemn based on accusation alone shows us, among other things, that they neither understand nor appreciate our fragile democracy. I wonder how they will feel when it happens to them, their sons, their fathers, their spouses. Unfortunately, some people only learn from direct experience. God help us.
Hope you’re having a good weekend Glenn. You made mine. Not that it’s gonna be good news (haven’t read yet). It’s just good to hear from you 🥰
Oohhh... LOVING the independent journalists and others you’re bringing onboard btw. Intelligent and powerful voices we might never hear otherwise. Thank you deeply. In this chaotic time of absolute propaganda it is important/imperative we hear them. I only hope more and more will at least hear them out and become willing to scrutinize not just their work and how they got to their conclusion. But our own research and studies and how we got us to ours. Whatever they may be.
When ever I am discussing politics and politicians with my peer group (well educated, left leaning or libertarian professionals and businesspeople). The question comes up as to why none of us has ever considered running for office. The universal reaction is: Why would anyone with a brain want to enter a profession in which your competitors try to destroy you?
There are some noble people in the business of politics, but it largely attracts people who love power and will do whatever is required to get it and keep it.
Glen, I’m only halfway through but I was wondering if you were aware of the sickening coda to the Massachusetts story. Several official town Democratic groups circulated a petition protesting the homophobic smear campaign. At the meeting of the Cambridge democrats—this is an official party body, mind—one of the officials yelled “faggot” into the phone. This was recorded and posted online. I called relevant Boston Globe reporters multiple times asking why they weren’t on top of this story. Nothing happened to anyone involved.
Believe all women is a lie.
Me too is a lie.
Black Lives Matter is a lie.
They’re just cover stories. Democrats don’t believe any of them.
How many of the accused mentioned in this great piece dared to question Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers? #karma
This is the same crowd that asks us to believe that they "follow the science".
Without expressing any opinion on Stringer or any other specific case, this is simply the corporate wing of Team D calling the shots.
That is why Tara Reid's allegations against Joe Biden can be dismissed out of hand, and goodthink liberals can come up with excuse after excuse for Bill Clinton, but mere allegations are enough to cast enemies to the left and right into Outer Darkness.
This is not a new method used by politicians. Back when Barack Obama was running for the Senate in Illinois his Republican opponent, Ryan, was beating him in the polls. So all of a sudden Ryan’s sealed divorce records were mysteriously released. They detailed episodes of him and his wife going to sex clubs while they were married. Poof! Ryan’s reputation was ruined and he eventually dropped out of the race, and the then unknown Barack Obama breezed into office. The left will do anything to gain power over their opponents.
I am perhaps a bit of a purist but I take offense at Greenwald's presumption that the people he's rightly critiquing are on the left. Especially when neoliberals like Clinton and Biden seem to be so considered, given they passed the test of an alleged expectation of evidence for charges against them. That tarnishing of "left" shows how far to the right the Overton Window has moved.
And if they can’t point to any allegations of sexual misconduct, they come up with other things they can lie about. We’re living in a dangerously “J’accuse!” moment. If you’re tried in a court of law there are rules of due process, but if you’re tried in the court of public opinion it’s unbelievable the lies that are out there - and how well they work.
I used to wonder what the American version of the Cultural Revolution might look like.
Now I don’t.
The crux or the article is that Democrats (in control) are scum. This is currently playing out in just about every major city in the USA. They don't have a moral compass nor any concept of fair play. So that begs the question, why do the good Democrats stay Democrats?
Great article but I wish you had spent more time discussing the hypocrisy where they turn a blind eye to Biden and Cuomo. It feels like after they gaslighted Bidens accusations they pretty much destroyed the MeToo movement. Dont take me wrong Glenn I love your writings, always makes me smile when I open my email and see something from you.
Believe everything and everybody - except Tara Reade.