What is being lost as
There is a cost to defending Moore. Don't kid yourselves that there is no cost to it.
And something is lost. So what is it?
With a corrupt establishment political center collapsing of its own rotten weight and the left pulling one way and the right pulling another, it seems that politics is everything to us now.
Yes, we have our tribes, our rhetorical weaponry and our mantras that we tweet at each other, again and again, like shamans on a mountaintop, until the words themselves begin to lose meaning. But politics isn't everything.
For the record, I believe the women who have accused Moore. And I think it would be best for the nation, for the
But as long as he fights this, even as more women come out with their accounts of what happened years ago and reports surface about how Moore, in his 30s, trolled shopping malls for teenage girls, there is the temptation for some in the
Unfortunately, that means casting doubt on the memories and the pain of the women giving their accounts of what happened when they were girls, some as young as 14 and 16, when Moore allegedly put his hands on them.
He calls all this a lie, threatens to sue The
Many of those still defending him, from Moore diehards in
But that is politics.
The one thing we don't lose in all of this is our vast reserves of political hypocrisy. American politics is incapable of running a hypocrisy deficit.
Speaking of which, remember when
"If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find," said
That was the beginning of team Clinton's "nuts-and-sluts" strategy.
"Did the president have a sexual relationship with this young lady? No," said then Clinton aide
But when it comes to politics and sexual predators, we know some facts. We know that Clinton was a sexual predator. His defenders -- including his wife -- protected him. The nation suffered.
And now, some 30 years later, the left has discovered that character counts, and that there should be some kind of reckoning.
What is lost in all this isn't mere political advantage. And it's not the chance to forge human suffering into a weapon and use it to bash the brains out of political opponents so that your side, not the other side, may grab the levers of government power and win great treasure.
What is lost isn't the hysterical rantings of tribal partisans using the Moore allegations to trash the
That kind of selective raving can be read on almost every news site now. All that is about is winning and shaming the other side. It's all about pure tribalism and clicks on a news site. It brings no light.
So what is lost when partisans are sent out to conveniently lie, to trash a woman for telling us what happened to her at the hands of powerful men?
And what happens when, in our desire to win at politics, we grab eagerly at such silky partisan lies and devour them as if they were nourishment in our political fights?
What is lost is decency.
America has lost too much decency already. We can't afford to lose any more.
So go away,