Nov 202017

Gentlemen, behold:

She Said That A Powerful Congressman Harassed Her. Here’s Why You Didn’t Hear Her Story.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

If people in government were held to the same standards as the rest of us… there’d be no people in government. Instead, it’s perfectly fine for a Senator to get likkered up, go driving and kill someone, then not only skip out on the whole “get arrested, tested, tried and imprisoned” thing, but then spend the next generation or two being consistently re-elected and determining the fate of the nation.

Accusations are just accusations… he said, she said, due process, etc. But in Conyers case, there was a settlement, so apparently there was some admission of guilt.

Infotainment and government both share the feature that the people in ’em end up with a whole lot of power, and it’s safe to assume that anyone who make a serious attempt to make a career in either is trying to accrue power. Conyers, for instance, has been in the House since NINETEEN FRICKEN SIXTY FIVE. His term in office is older than I am. Nobody spends that long in a position of power like this without being, or becoming, a power-mad monster.

More than some understanding of the awfulness of sexual harassment, I hope (beyond reason and rationality, I admit) that this current Outrage Theater will result in something like term limits for federal officeholders. If someone like John Conyers wants power over others, let him do it the honest way: form a damn cult.

 Posted by at 10:07 pm
  • Derek

    Looks like Rep. Conyers may be finished in politics. Especially if other “victims” follow suit. I’m not saying he’s innocent but his fatal mistake could be that he settled with the 2015 victim. The door is now wide open, just look at Bill Cosby.

    • Scottlowther

      It’s my understanding that he was going to retire at the end of this term anyway. It’s kinda like hearing that some Nazi death camp guards are finally being put on trial… when they are well into their nineties. Nailing the bad guys when they’re on their way out the door is a disappointing victory.

      • Derek

        This could be the start of the downfall of a lot of politicians in Congress. Especially that next year is a midterm election year.

        The thing with term limits in Congress is that neither party would support them. There are some who don’t think that people should elect their own senators and representatives and think that it should be left up to state legislatures.

        Term limits would be good, but neither party wants to limit itself. It’s like government spending, no one has the guts to do it. I remember during the Obama years people complained how the sequester cuts would hurt the military and all that. Can you imagine if some president had the guts to cut defense spending by 5 or 10 percent? It would pretty much mean the end of their presidency and political career.

        • sferrin

          “Can you imagine if some president had the guts to cut defense spending by 5 or 10 percent? It would pretty much mean the end of their presidency and political career.”

          Obviously, because they’d have shown themselves to be incompetent. Now if they went after entitlements that would be a winner. (Assuming they didn’t collapse like a wet paper bag at the first sign of resistance.)

        • B-Sabre

          Senators used to be chosen by the state legislators, and I think changing them to popular election was a mistake. The purpose of having two houses in the legislature was balance – one elected by the people, and one representing the states as sovereign entities to this union. Making senators popularly elected has created two “house of representatives “ with slightly different responsibilities.

      • publiusr

        “and for crimes against humanity….”
        “Are you my son?”

  • Bob

    I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’ve never been accused of sexual harassment.

  • Ed

    Term limits are no panacea. Power simply shifts from the individual over to the group that they are part of and whose money candidates and office holders need.

    And to paraphrase: The greed for money and power of a single Democratic office holder has limits, there are no limits to the greed of the DNC.

  • publiusr

    Not to mention the crashing bore that is Charlie Rose, who can make David Gergen look like a manic coke fiend

  • Thucydides_of_Athens

    The burning irony is the Progs did this to themselves by throwing Harvey Weinstein under the bus. Getting rid of a Clinton supporter was supposed to clear the way for purging the Party of Clinton’s loyalists, but instead it dropped sparks on a whole lot of tinder and I suspect by the time the fire is over a huge part of the Democrat establishment will be burned (no doubt many Republicans will be burned as well).

    Using the second law of SJW’s (SJW’s always project) we can see how badly vulnerable the Democrat Party and Progressives in general are to the sexual harassment charge (think how heavily they pushed the “Republican War on Women” meme all these years), and you know they are going to be consumed in the firestorm because of the third law of SJW’s (SJW’s always double down).

    We don’t just need beer and popcorn, but marshmallows to toast over the fire as well!