Random Ramblings: November 11, 2017

This has been quite a week in the news; it’s not easy to keep up with all of it.

There was the church massacre on Sunday morning down in Texas, and then we find out that the perpetrator was a nut job who, but for government incompetence, would never have been allowed to buy a gun. Naturally there is another uproar demanding more gun control as if another law might make the difference: Has anyone added up the total number of laws this guy violated as it is?

Of course there was an off off-year election: What really happened and what does it mean???

Mr. Trump is in the Far East, what is he doing wrong???

Will they ever pass tax reform??? Is it just a way to line the pockets of the rich???

We have more coming from Donna Brazile’s new book full of shocking revelations about the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign rigging last year’s election… How dare she tell the truth!

Fusion GPS and the fake Trump dossier, campaign dirty tricks, British spies, Kremlin agents… serious felonies and calls for new investigations…

…and in the midst of all of this, comic relief as crazed Liberals take to the streets to scream on the one-year anniversary of their 2016 election defeat. While ridiculous, this one was at least hilarious.

As all of this and more is going on, there is something else in the news that is troubling to me on multiple levels the sexual abuse allegations that have grown too numerous to really count beginning with Harvey Weinstein, then Kevin Spacey , and now with several a day coming out, most notably in recent days with Roy Moore. I hear that the Associated Press has a special update wire that constantly reports the latest recipients of these allegations.

Obviously sexual abuse and sexual assaults are repugnant and completely unacceptable, and those guilty need to face justice for their crimes. Yet it seems like there is so much of this coming to light all at once, often things that go back many decades. The case of Roy Moore who just happens to be running in a special election to fill the vacancy left by Jeff Sessions’ appointment as Attorney General, an election with huge implications in the makeup of the U.S. Senate really makes me wonder.

Is this a witch hunt, or is it simply a matter of people feeling emboldened to speak out about horrors they were previously afraid to talk about?

I’m not sure, but I suspect it might be a combination of the two. Are any of these people innocent of the allegations made against them? Does innocent until proven guilty count for anything anymore?

This is another element of this situation that troubles me. In this climate, anyone who is accused instantly becomes radioactive; everyone must turn on them or become guilty themselves, so I wonder if we might be dealing with a new phase of McCarthyism, for even if an accused person turns out to be innocent, their lives are completely destroyed already. I’ll add here that in the light of the phony Trump dossier  that was paid for (illegally as it happens) by the DNC and Clinton campaign, is it a coincidence that these allegations about Moore (whose fan I have never been) come up now after 40 years of silence; what’s really going on here are the Russians involved in this one as well?

I have no clue. I can only hope and pray that the guilty receive their due, the victims receive peace, and that the innocent aren’t damaged too much.

I don’t know about you, but after all of this, my head is spinning. Is it any wonder that Paul advised us to set our “minds on things above, not on earthly things”?

Sounds like good advice to me!

And… let’s not forget to thank our Veterans for their service on this Veterans Day.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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5 Responses to Random Ramblings: November 11, 2017

  1. Cathy Merritt says:

    I agree that many people are guilty of sexual harrassment and sexual assault. I would say in the 1990’s we had the Navy Tailhook, The Tailhook scandal was a series of incidents where more than 100 U.S. Navy and United States Marine Corps aviation officers were alleged to have sexually assaulted 83 women and 7 men, or otherwise engaged in “improper and indecent” conduct at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. We had a President in the 1990s who had oral sex with an intern, never seems like each generation has a list of people who have possibly sexually assaulted someone. I am a Navy veteran who has been groped, been sexually harrassed, many cat calls and whistles over the year. I do not think I would come out and say anything to ruin someones career. Because many young women have been treated poorly over the years. We need to remember to treat each other with respect. People who need help need to get it and move pass this.

  2. gaustin00 says:

    Welcome to Camp Confusion where the nutcases’ rule and the peasants are kept in the dark about the confusion that reigns supreme. Sounds like an Abbott and Costello scene “who’s on first” to me.

  3. A brilliant post. Thanks so much. My favorite part was: “I have no clue. I can only hope and pray that the guilty receive their due, the victims receive peace, and that the innocent aren’t damaged too much.

    I don’t know about you, but after all of this, my head is spinning. Is it any wonder that Paul advised us to set our “minds on things above, not on earthly things”?
    My thoughts exactly.

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