Secret Touch

Alright, y’all. Let’s talk about consent. I’m going to start with a quote from Rush Limbaugh from his show on Oct 12:

“You can do anything, the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything, as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent. If there is consent on both or all three or all four, however many are involved in the sex act, it’s perfectly fine, whatever it is. But if the left ever senses and smells that there’s no consent in part of the equation then here come the rape police. But consent is the magic key to the left.”

When you listen to the clip, Rush is dismissive, like it’s ridiculous that consent is all that matters. Here’s the thing though; consent is all that matters. If two (or more) people want to get their freak on, they can do whatever they like, as long as there is informed consent between all parties. There’s a great tea metaphor out there:

Anyways, why do I bring this up today? Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’re aware that we’re in the middle of what I sincerely hope will be the craziest election in US history. I mean, if there’s a crazier one at some point in the future, I don’t know that I can survive it. Yesterday’s big story was of course, allegations from (as of now) four different women that Trump assaulted them.

Now obviously, this is terrible. Objectively so. You know what makes it a little extra terrible, though? How folks on the “Trump Train” are trying to deflect attention from this scandal by talking about Bill Clinton’s past indiscretions. Now there’s a problem with this: Bill Clinton isn’t running for President. There are allegations of various types of assault that have and are being levied against President Clinton. Are they plausible? Some yes, and unfortunately cannot be proved one way or another. Are they relevant to the 2016 election? Absolutely not.

I’ll say this again because apparently it bears repeating: Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is running for President, William Jefferson Clinton is not. Another thing worth noting is that, while I don’t want to defend the action of Bill Clinton, at least some of the allegations of misconduct against him are related to consensual relationships. (Ms Lewinsky, would you please stand up?) None of the allegations arising against Mr Trump are.

 

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