The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday concerns the need to do away with double standards in our society. These double standards are present in numerous categories of our lives. Big political figures get away with crimes that common people do not. Military personnel have careers ruined and are imprisoned when they have a one-time lapse of judgement with classified material. Hilary Clinton set up an internet server in her home and sent classified material – from confidential to top secret – from the State Department over it for several years. So far, she has not faced trial. Donald Trump has been questioned and blamed for years, while other politicians are not even questioned. The most recent display of double standards concerns sexual assaults.
In 1999 Juanita Broaddrick claimed that President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, assaulted her in 1978. The mainstream media would not cover her story, and the Democrat Party defended Clinton. Broderick had date and place, but no one cared to listen to her story, which she continues to tell. Fast forward to July 9, 2018, when Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump for a seat on the United States Supreme Court. Several women accused him of sexual assault in high school and college with no witnesses or evidence, and leading Democrats and the media supported them. Between his nomination and his confirmation on October 6, 2018, Kavanaugh and his family were verbally attacked by the media and Democrats intent on destroying him. Kavanaugh’s name was dragged through mud, and his career was nearly destroyed by lying women and their supporters in the media and the Democrat Party. They continue their attempt to discredit his appointment. Now another woman has come forward to accuse an important Democrat politician, and the story is completely different.
Tara Reade, a former aide for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., is accusing him of sexually assaulting her in 1993. She has date and place, and her story remains the same. Unlike Kavanaugh’s accusers, Reade told other people about her assault near the time that it happened. She told her mother, who allegedly called the Larry King Show to ask how a person would go about reporting a problem with a prominent politician. She told her brother, a neighbor, and fellow workers. There are several people who are on record for acknowledging that she told them about the assault. Yet, the media and Democrats could care less.
Reade wants to tell her story on television, but she has not been asked to be interviewed by any anchors besides conservatives like Sean Hannity at Fox News. She considers them to be too far right and would like to be interviewed by someone in the middle – media that is not too progressive or Trump-supporting. Reade is still a Democrat and says that she will not vote for Trump in November. Because no one else has called, she is in talks with Chris Wallace, who is at Fox News but less conservative.
Even though Reade was ignored by media and Democrats for numerous weeks, she continues to make waves, and she is attracting attention. Most unbiased people know that there could be truth in her story. There is the fact that Biden is not squeaky clean like Kavanaugh. He has a record of being filmed while touching girls, young women, and older women, and his habit of sniffing women’s hair is legendary. Biden’s manager has denied the accusation to reporters, but Biden has not said a word. There is talk that he will address the problem soon, but will the media ask him the hard questions? Will he be able to give a coherent answer, or will he ramble around with his words until no one understands what he said?