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Al Franken, Congress, and Selective Moral Outrage

Liberals may have made a mistake in attacking Roy Moore over sexual misconduct charges since news of Al Franken has come out. Now it’s open season on Democrat sexual misdeeds. Hollywood is getting slammed, but it’s my guess that not much will change. Congress is a different matter. These people are in the money stealing business. They sit around and literally debate and vote on how much of our money they will allow us to keep.

Now we’re learning that Congress has been paying of charges of harassment (sexual and racial) for some time. $15 million of our money has been paid out to settle 260 cases. What we have not seen is the dismissal of those who were charged. Why? because “Congress doesn’t release that information, nor is it subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.” Now, isn’t that special.

Contact your Congressman and Senators to release the names of the guilty men and make them pay back the money.

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Here’s a chart of the payouts since 2007. Now we need to match the names to the money:

Bill Clinton should have been forced to resign over the Monica Lewinsky affair. In a way, Bill Clinton’s exoneration and re-election have contributed to the situation we are now in. If a sitting President can enjoy sexual dalliances without any electoral consequences, then why can’t anyone else? Why do Democrats get away with it? Because they support liberal causes. Liberals are willing to put up with sexual abuse charges as long as the vote for abortion. Am I exaggerating? Not at all. “Feminist author Kate Harding said that she doesn’t think Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) should have to resign over the sexual assault allegations levied against him by broadcaster Leeann Tweeden.”

While she did decry Franken’s purported actions, Harding writes that there are likely other Democrats who have committed infractions similar to those alleged against Franken, and “if we set this precedent in the interest of demonstrating our party’s solidarity with harassed and abused women, we’re only going to drain the swamp of people who, however flawed, still regularly vote to protect women’s rights and freedoms.”

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“If the short-term ‘right thing’ leads to long-term political catastrophe for American women, I think we need to reconsider our definition of the right thing,” Harding writes. “Don’t just apologize and drop out of sight. Do penance. Live the values you campaigned on. Be a selfless champion for women’s rights.” (The Blaze)

Consider Barney Frank who served in Congress for more than 30 years, 20 years after the sex scandal story broke. Notice how the following TIME article equivocates on the charges leveled against Frank:

Widely regarded as one of the most intelligent and well-spoken members of the House of Representatives, Barney Frank, a Democratic Congressman for nearly 30 years and the first openly gay member of the House, almost undid his career in 1989 after having an affair with Steve Gobie, a male prostitute. Although Frank was single at the time — thus not committing adultery — he did pay someone for sex (with personal funds), which is illegal in his state of Massachusetts. But the poor judgment didn’t end there. Frank hired Gobie to run errands and allowed him to live at his home, where Frank obviously hoped he would be rehabilitated and renounce his life of sin. The only problem: Gobie kept on working as a prostitute — from Frank’s home.

The Congressman maintained that he had no knowledge that his digs were being used as a brothel and said that he kicked Gobie out once he learned what the escort had been doing there. Desperate to prove his limited culpability in the case, Frank requested an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. The 10-month probe found that Frank did not, in fact, know about the happenings in his home but that he should be reprimanded for use of House privilege in waiving 33 of Gobie’s parking tickets and for writing a memo that attempted to end Gobie’s probation for a prior infraction. Despite attempts by former Idaho Congressman Larry Craig (the stall-inator) to have the Massachusetts Congressman removed, Frank went on to win several re-elections by wide margins.

Notice the mention of Larry Craig. Craig served in the House and Senate as a Republican for a total of 28 years. In 2007, he was “arrested for lewd conduct in a men’s restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 11, 2007, and entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8, 2007.” His political career was over.

Then there’s this. Even if the charges are “alleged,” given the circumstances surrounding Roy Moore, this is terribly serious. The media have generally ignored these charges.

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