Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Culture Of Victimhood

Only in Trump world would someone who stands accused of being a sexual predator be portrayed as a victim.

“I feel so badly for him that he’s going through this, to be honest with you,” Mr. Trump said of the judge. “I feel so badly for him. This is not a man that deserves this.”

Yeah, and Prof. Blasey Ford doesn’t deserve to get death threats and being forced to go into hiding because she spoke up.

In the letter to the Judiciary Committee, Dr. Blasey’s lawyers said that she has been the target of “vicious harassment and even death threats” since her name was made public on Sunday in an interview published in The Washington Post. Her email has been hacked, she has been impersonated online and she and her family have been forced to relocate out of their home, according to the lawyers, Ms. Banks and her partner, Debra S. Katz.

She has nothing to gain from coming forward except to save us from putting yet another creep on the Supreme Court.

But to the Republicans, playing the victim is always their backstop.  Oh, the burden of paying higher taxes just because we make so much money; pity us for having to press 1 for English when calling in to the bank; why is it that we, the oppressed and persecuted Christians, have to bear the immeasurable humiliation of being told “Happy Holidays”?  We’re the white guys; we’re supposed to be in charge.

President Obama made a good point in one of his speeches last week.

“Even the folks who won don’t seem happy. Have you noticed that?” Obama told the Cleveland crowd, decrying the country’s “broken” politics. Republicans won the presidency, House and Senate, he said, but “they’re still mad, which is interesting.”

It’s because they don’t understand the point of how to get along in an ostensibly free society.  No, you can’t go around and call people names or treat them like shit and get away with it.  No, you can’t just have your way without taking other people into consideration and listening to their ideas.  No, you can’t make a zillion dollars and not expect to pay for the things that support you, like police, utilities, and public education.  You can live in your gated community, but you have to pay for it above and beyond the monthly maintenance fee.  In short, you have to act like an adult, and if you’re going to be in charge — or just aspire to it — you have a duty to act like you understand that basic human concept.