It was not my intent to write about the scandals in the White House. I did not want to touch that one with a ten-foot pole. My reasoning in the beginning was that it was a topic better handled by the gossip rags, and that I needed to stick to policies and procedures, to what was being done today to destroy not only our nation, but our planet. My other reason was that I knew many others would dive into the story, and my voice was not needed in order for the story to be told. I was wrong. The deeper the muck gets, the more people are willing to turn a blind eye, saying, in essence,g “boys will be boys”, the more I realize this topic is important, for it defines the values, or lack thereof, of the people who we have placed in charge of our nation and by extension, our very lives.
How can we expect our leaders to make and uphold laws to ensure women are treated fairly and as equals, when it is clear that they, themselves do not believe in women’s rights?
In 2016, after solid evidence was presented that Donald Trump is a misogynist and an abuser of women, the people of the United States elected him to the office of president – the highest office in the land. Then late in 2017, Roy Moore of Alabama ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate. There is credible evidence that Mr. Moore sexually abused underage girls several years ago. Donald Trump supported Roy Moore. Roy Moore came very close to winning that senate seat, as some 650,436 people, 48.4% of the voters, voted for Moore.
Many have come and gone since Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, an extraordinarily high turnover rate, in fact. But then just in the past two weeks, the muck got even murkier and took on a very nasty smell.
Robert Roger Porter was the White House Staff Secretary until last week when both of his ex-wives went public with credible evidence that he had been guilty of domestic abuse. Porter resigned his position on February 7th, but not before his immediate superior, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, tried to talk him out of resigning. But the real kicker? Both John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn had been aware of the allegations for quite some time … McGahn for over a year, and Kelly since last fall. Yet, neither deemed his status as a wife-beater to have any relevance.
And what of Donald Trump, himself a sexual predator?
“He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent. So you’ll have to talk to him about that. We absolutely wish him well. Did a very good job while he was at the White House.”
And then, another shoe dropped when White House speechwriter, David Sorensen resigned amid allegations of domestic violence. And Trump once again took to Twitter …
“Peoples [sic] lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” – 10:33 AM – Feb 10, 2018
It should be noted that the lives he is so concerned about being “shattered and destroyed” are not those of the victims, but the abusers.
There is no doubt in my mind that both Porter and Sorensen are guilty as charged, else they would not have resigned without an argument, without a defense. But there are two bigger questions here:
- How many more are there in the current administration? How many more with histories of domestic violence or sexual abuse? Supposedly background checks are performed on any who are considered for positions in the administration, especially those who need security clearances. It should be noted that Jared Kushner , Trump’s own son-in-law and advisor, still does not have security clearance after working in the White House for more than a year, likely due to the number of lies and ommissions he has told. This is a breech of ethics, but seems to go unnoticed. My recommendation after the past week is that we have an independent security firm do immediate and extensive background checks on every single employee in the White House, from the maid to the president.
- Why are people willing to overlook these crimes against women? Are we still believed to be second-class citizens? Why did nearly half of all Alabama voters ignore Roy Moore’s obvious character flaws and vote for him to become a major decision maker for the 330 million citizens of this nation? Why do some 40% of people polled say that Trump is doing a good job? Have we, as a nation, completely lost our values? Judging by this situation, it would seem so. It would seem that ‘ethics’ is a word that no longer has meaning.
Here is a snippet from a recent interview with Kellyanne Conway on George Stephanopoulos’ show, ‘This Week’:
George: …And then he talks about mere allegations, people being falsely accused. So let me ask you again, does the president believe that Rob Porter is falsely accused?
Kellyanne: The president believes, as he said the other day, you have to consider all sides. He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well. At the same time, you have to look at the results. The result is that Rob Porter is no longer the staff secretary. It is — it is — the president tells me that he learned just this week, when the rest of us did, what these allegations are, what — these pictures, the contemporaneous, police reports, the detailed information as having been provided to the FBI.
And we are all trying to process that against the person that we worked with for over a year. But this president has — I think he’s doing a great job for America’s women. We have to look at the full picture. You have 800,000 women took new jobs last year because of his leadership. You have women who work at over 300 companies now that are getting wages and benefits and capital investments happening within their own communities. We are a safer, more prosperous nation, that includes all of us, including the nation’s women because of Donald Trump’s leadership.
I call it ‘deflect and distract’. Her facts are not even accurate, but to the purpose of this post, that is irrelevant, for Kellyanne, as we learned more than a year ago, deals in ‘alternative facts’. Kellyanne is a disgrace to women everywhere. The larger issue is that she had no answer to the question asked.
Over the past two years, there have been many issues that should have been ‘wake up calls’ to the people in this country. So far, none has, and I don’t imagine this one will either, but that doesn’t mean that I, or any other people who hold their values dear, will sit down and shut up.