I think it’s high time we discussed the whole topic of sexual harassment, rape and consensual sex with clear eyes.
Rape is the act of a man forcing sex upon a woman who—at the time—says “NO”.
Sexual harassment is the act of a man harassing a woman with continual innuendo and propositions to the point where it creates an environment which the woman cannot continue to inhabit.
Consensual sex is where both parties agree—assuming they are above the age of consent and for whatever their reasons—to engage in an act of sex.
And while we are defining things, women can also be the aggressors in the above acts but it is admittedly much rarer.
Now, let me tell you what I believe these issues are NOT.
If a woman decides to have sex with, say, a powerful figure in the entertainment world to enhance her career, that is NOT rape. It is NOT sexual harassment. In the most favorable light, it is prostitution. When that same woman comes forward 30 years later charging sexual harassment or rape, she is—in a word—lying. And anyone who facilitates such accusations is pimping.
Let’s not kid each other. Harvey Weinstein is a pig. But any woman who has sex with him in hopes of advancing her career is every bit as guilty as he is. That doesn’t make him any less a pig. Now in Weinstein’s case, it is probable that he got so cocky that he did step over the line many times and is getting what he deserves.
But it appears that old and largely unprovable sexual harassment and/or rape charges have now become a favorite technique of people with a vested interest in burying other people.
That used to be the way the word racist was used.
As the public has built up a tolerance to the misuse of that word, this seems to be the new way people are destroyed without a trial except by the Kangaroo Court of CBS, the Washington Post and the rest of the mainstream media.
Again, let me emphasize that some of those people may well be getting what they richly deserve.
But, however distasteful some of those people are, Mitt Romney’s comment about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, that, “Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections,” is repugnant on its face.
In Moore’s case a woman alleged something happened 39 years ago with a politician who has run high profile races in his state many times and this NEVER came up? And the Mittster—Mr. 47%—starts running his pie hole as if he had any insight at all?
What gives Mitt Romney the right to act like the Church Lady? He doesn’t even do a decent imitation of Dana Carvey’s character. But, make no mistake; what Mitt is doing is saying that it’s OK to publicly destroy someone who may be innocent of anything except pissing off the establishment by having had the nerve to defeat it in a primary election. And exactly when do the good people of the great state of Alabama get a say? It’s their election. Last time I checked, Mitt lives in Utah.
Under those circumstances, it sure is a good thing Romney lost the 2012 election.
Is Roy Moore a sex offender and child abuser?
Well, the accusation was certainly timed perfectly. Just in time for Moore not to be able to defend it.
Logic would dictate the accusations are not true. This guy has served as a prosecutor, a judge and the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Over a 40 year career, it would be a secret way too hard to keep. And, further, somehow Gloria Allred is involved. Which means whoever she is “representing” is probably on the take.
The piling on from political opponents seems more like a UFC Cage Match than an election and it seems that they all feel as if calling someone a pedophile or a sex offender lets them do the Church Lady’s Superior Dance in front of a TV camera. Isn’t that special?
Finally, there are the so-called Republican members of the Senate who were against Moore in the first place and now say he should step aside.
Watching John McCain say that Moore should not be in the United States Senate makes me remember his return to Arizona in 1980, from being a POW and dumping his wife for a new model. Even he called it his greatest moral failure. But he is silent on whether or not he is fit to serve in the Senate.
Congress is the home away from home of the perv. You won’t find more predators per capita than in the halls of the Capitol. They have interns and plenty of examples to follow.
For these clowns (Mitch McConnell) to be saying what they are saying makes me want to get a squad of investigators to look into each and every Senator and many members of the House. I’m guessing the results would make the rest of us look like Sunday School teachers.
This is a decision for Alabama. The Washington whores need to SHUT UP.
By ELIZABETH VLIET MD
Special to the Penny Press
As Democrats parade the opinions of various psychiatric and psychological TV “experts,” claiming that President Trump is “mentally ill” and unfit for office, I was recently asked: “Should Congress and political candidates release medical records to run for or hold political office?” And “Is it even ethical for psychiatrists and psychologists to be on TV claiming the President is mentally ill, or has a personality disorder, if they have not examined the patient?”
These questions became even more relevant with the recent revelation that Grubbs Pharmacy on Capitol Hill delivers prescriptions almost daily to members of Congress and their staff, some of which are medicines for serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s dementia. In fact, the pharmacist who handles these prescriptions for Congress and the elite on Capitol Hill is quoted in the article saying he finds it “troubling” that the public does not know who is suffering from such diseases that affect brain function, memory, judgment, and ability to think and analyze complex information.
In several recent media interviews, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demonstrated facial tics, long pauses as she searched for words,stumbling over the pronunciation of simple words, and difficulty remembering basic information, dates, names, and even who is President.
Democrat presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton displayed facial tics, speech pauses, difficulty standing, and difficulty recalling words during the 2016 campaign. Yet the public was only told she had “pneumonia.” These observations are not typical of pneumonia and suggest a more serious neurological problem.
Senator John McCain disclosed he has a serious brain cancer, but has remained in office casting critical votes that affect all Americans, although this type of cancer can impair thinking and judgment and cause behavior changes.
President Trump has not exhibited any of the behaviors described above to suggest a medical or mental problem affecting performance. His speech is fluid, articulate, and does not show the pauses and loss of common words that are easily observable with Pelosi, Clinton, or McCain.
The public is already aware of a marked double standard for Members of Congress and political elites with regard to offenses that would lead to jail or major financial or other penalties for the average consumer and voter. Some recent examples include insider trading, failing to disclose contributions properly, failing to pay taxes, failing to disclose foreign investments, and a host of other offenses leading to politicians’ personal financial gain.
But what has not been discussed in the public debate or media is the even more serious issue of politicians’ failure to disclose to voters any physical or mental impairment and failure that may affect their ability to perform the job they are paid to do in representing us.
Compare politicians’ lack of transparency regarding serious medical illnesses or drug or alcohol abuse with what we see in other professions:
Why are members of Congress, the Judiciary, and the Executive Branch of government exempted from similar requirements when they are making decisions that affect the lives of millions of Americans?
As a prescription for what is making Washington toxic and dysfunctional, this physician suggests requiring all politicians holding or running for office to release their medical records and disclose any medical or mental conditions for which they are being treated with prescription medications.
Would YOU want a pilot for your flight to show the problems exhibited by Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton or John McCain? Would YOU want your doctor displaying such incoherence and memory loss during your exam?
VOTERS, time to speak up. Hold politicians accountable for proper medical disclosures.
Then decide: Are they fit to hold office and make decisions that affect MY life?
Dr. Vliet has been a leader in patient centered, individualized medical care. Since 1986, she has practiced medicine independent of insurance contracts that interfere with patient-physician relationships and decision-making. Dr. Vliet focus is medical freedom and free market approaches to healthcare. Dr. Vliet is the founder of Vive Life Center and Hormone Health Strategies with medical practices in Tucson AZ and Dallas TX, specializing in preventive and climacteric medicine with an integrated approach to evaluation and treatment of women and men with complex medical and hormonal problems from puberty to late life.
By MARIANNE CLYDE
Special to the Penny Press
Greatness is not found under a rock.
You may have noticed lately that it gets more and more difficult to state an opinion without someone slamming you down and silencing you. The tactics are varied, and can feel very powerful if you are not ready for them. The methods are shame based, with the intent to make you feel stupid, less than, uninformed, uneducated, unworthy or ridiculous. Their tactics are based on black and white thinking using an either/or answer to a problem. You are either for us or against us. Those tactics are divisive, factionalizing and uninformed, not to mention lazy.
To those who are attempting to think through our societal woes, of which there are many, by looking at all sides, looking for truth instead of opinion, for what might work instead of why it won’t, to you, I say, hang tough. Stay focused. Don’t let the naysayers derail you. The world needs leaders that are willing to think for themselves, stable enough to incorporate conflicting messages into their thinking without hating, blaming or dividing: leaders who can validate one’s right to an opinion while holding a conflicting or opposing belief. This is a sign of intelligence. This is the kind of thinking that can lead to compromise and solutions. This is the kind of thinking that can strengthen a nation.
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
However, these kinds of leaders seem scarce these days. Many are playing politics and jockeying for approval ratings. Many of our deep thinkers are being silenced and shamed for their thoughts if they oppose the noisy minority. Nothing positive has ever been accomplished by piling shaming accusations on freethinking. We need leaders that are willing to think, willing to express those thoughts in a reasonable, straightforward way. We need leaders who are not afraid of the noisy, destructive opposition who would try to chase you under a rock to shut you up.
You may stay on the sidelines, wearily shaking your head, wishing things would get better, hoping that problems get solved and criticizing those that are out in the fray; however, if you actually want to change the world, you must be the one to learn to stay steady, get grounded and be laser focused. This takes practice, self-discipline and self-awareness. This is the way of the leader.
Getting grounded through meditation, breathing techniques, healthy coping strategies and conscious thought patterns is what is needed for today’s leaders, executives, and politicians. Shouting louder that the other guy makes as much sense as talking to someone of a different culture and language by raising your voice, thinking they will ultimately “get it” if you shout. It not only offends and insults but it builds walls, not solutions.
And we sorely need solutions. Not division. Not more factions.
After a recent presentation, someone asked me, “But what do you do when you are really scared. I mean really?” My answer was simple. What you have trained yourself to do.
You can’t manage a crisis by the seat of your pants any more than you can be in a battle for the soul of your country without having trained your mind and spirit. Leaders train themselves to be grounded yet flexible, open minded yet focused, authentic and engaged. Everyday.
If this concept is new to you, as a leader, begin today by taking three deep breaths, holding for a few seconds and releasing fully, at various times throughout your day, when you feel tension rising. Learn to take a breath as soon as you realize you are triggered, before you say anything at all. Then respond. You will notice that people begin to respond better to you, and you are on your way to creating solutions instead of exacerbating the problem. The world needs you.
Marianne Clyde is an expert in Mental Health in the workplace. Speaking to businesses and associations about empowerment, team building and relationship networking, she is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in practice for over 27 years, energizing speaker and dauntless world traveler. She lived in Japan for over 8 years and has spent time in at least 20 developing countries, teaching about recovery from trauma, personal empowerment and interpersonal relationships.
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