Cycling is very political. This blog is very political. But I try to avoid political issues that aren’t tied into bikes.
However, as the news of Joe Biden’s sexual assault looks less and less like an accusation and more and more like a fact, I’ve decided to say something about it.
And it is related to cycling, because there are few places where the discrimination and sexism that women experience daily are as openly displayed as in competitive cycling. So what’s happening on the presidential stage is relevant to cycling. If we can’t put decent people in the highest office, what hope do we have for the director of a small women’s team?
First I’ll say that I believe Joe Biden’s accuser. You can go into the facts and you can research it on your own and come to a different conclusion, but I’ve seen too many women come forward and be belittled, disbelieved, and assaulted again by the justice system to discount this story. She’s been telling it since 1993. She has no political axe to grind. The story has been corroborated by her brother, her former neighbor, and by a woman who was ostensibly her mother calling into a talk show for help.
And like the president, Biden has always struck me as a sleazebag. Men like him give off a stink. Plus, Ms. Reade’s only motive appears to be the anger and injustice she has felt going on thirty years.
Second I’ll say that our current president is every bit as horrible as Joe Biden as a sexual predator. And no, he’s not “worse.” He’s the same. For both of these men, women are targets to be taken whether they will or no. Democrats will try to claim that there are degrees of sexual predators now? That a little sexual abuse is okay, but a lot of it is unpresidential? Please.
Third, I’ll say that by giving a pass to Clarence Thomas, Bill Clinton, Bret Kavanagh, Donald Trump, and now Joe Biden, we’ve fully institutionalized the sexual assault of women by the highest offices in America.
By electing our current president after he admitted to grabbing women “by the pussy” we have given a national blessing to sex abuse. By making a predator like Joe Biden the Democratic nominee, we have given up any shred of moral superiority. How can we criticize a pathological, dishonest, corrupt, racist, sex abuser of a president and then offer up as an alternative someone who is “merely” a dishonest sex abuser? By saying “At least he’s not pathological and corrupt and a racist?”
Great selling points, those, although far from proven.
Of course Democrats are going to start asking us to “Think about the alternative–four more years of Trump.” I would ask those Democrats to ask “What if it were you who’d been assaulted, fired, ignored, only to find that your attacker was the presidential nominee?”
This negative strategy will work for some people who think that the future of the world is more important than one woman’s violated body, but not for me. We had candidates who were far from perfect, but who were also far from being sex abusers. Instead we chose a sleazebag who now turns out to be a sex abuser.
I used to think that we as a nation could do better. I still think we can. But not in November, 2020.
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