And, no. It’s not because we may be in Franken’s ‘tribe’. It’s because if we are to avoid descending into either witch hunts on the one hand, or being victims of propaganda techniques on the other (as described below), we must never forget that each case is different. For example, I was never on board with the Republican Senator prostitution sex panic bandwagon.
(Senator David Vitter)
As the following article details, there is a long history of documented and sophisticated far-right disinformation campaigns in the background of this accuser. This, while it absolutely does not dispose of the matter, is vital information.
In any case:
Statutory rape and indecent assault on a minor
Simple Lewd Behavior/Disorderly Conduct
Which is not
Indecent assault and battery on a minor
(Kevin Spacey – 80’s party))
Which is not
Simple indecent battery on an adult (MAYBE)
(Kevin Spacey – Nantucket)
The propagandist sitting in the Oval Office wants us all to lump them all together and say “they’re all” corrupt”, so disregard our tribe’s – and my – assaults.
Don’t do it.
Why? This sexual aspect is merely part of a broader – and typically-used – technique of intelligence services to obfuscate via clutter. It is the identical technique used regarding money corruption: if people come to believe “they’re all corrupt and on the take”, I get away with my corrupt practices.
The linked article is passionate, but there is a lot of important information within it of which we should be aware.
How many accusers are there?
What were the circumstances?
How is the accused responding toward the accusers?
How is the accused responding in general?
What do the accusers say today?
These things matter. Always.