“Suddenly Courageous” meets “Cheech and Chong…”

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Op-Ed

You can’t turn on a T.V. or radio, or stop by your personal electric neighborhood via social media without hearing some of the following opening accusation statements:

“I was, fill in the violation, by, fill in the name, many years or decades ago.”  “I was afraid to come forward until now.” “I was suddenly inspired by the courage of the others.”  “The individual in question intimidated me.”  “I could be silent no longer.”  We hear the stories more and more with similar specifics all the time lately.

Now before you get your undies in a bunch over that opening commentary, let’s have an honest look at this recent phenomenon.  

First of all, I am not for a second suggesting that some of these recent accusations aren’t without merit, nor am I okay with such behavior when it does occur.  In fact I have no doubt that many of them are at very least plausible; however, my issue lies in the all too convenient timing of some of them, and especially where there is a real or potential political motive/agenda at play.

Citing new found “courage,” many victims have come forth years or decades after they allege that events have taken place; long after any criminal statute of limitations has run out allowing only for a conviction in the court of public opinion, and except for highly publicized photos in a few of the cases, without any form of substantive forensic evidence.  

No photos, no DNA or possibility of such; nothing but the word of the alleging accuser against the word of the alleged accused.  Some of these claims have been made against known predators and few would dispute the likelihood or validity of the claims; still others have photographic or electronically recorded evidence which removes any doubt of the misdeed.  

So I decided to unpack the Judge Roy Moore allegations in a brief synopsis concerning one accuser for what I believe they really are; an attempt at political assassination by very powerful, bipartisan political elitists who are willing to destroy anyone by any means who doesn’t share their world view.

Judge Moore has been in the public eye for decades as a Deputy District Attorney, a Circuit Judge on the 16th Judicial Circuit, two stints as Chief Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, and a practicing Attorney.  He is probably most famous or infamous, depending upon one’s viewpoint, for his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument that he had installed in the lobby of the Alabama Judicial Building.  Before any of that he served honorably as a Military Police Company Commander in Vietnam.

Just like any politician or celebrity who has taken stands based in large part upon his faith based moral compass, he is both loved and loathed because of his stated Christian convictions; and every left leaning, Christianity hating pundit in the media and on social media who apparently are searching for perfection in an imperfect world have cast him as a hater, bigot, and any other adjective they can muster in a thinly veiled attempt to make their case.  In reality, very much like President Trump, he represents a threat to the establishment status quo on both sides of the aisle.  

They therefore decided that he had to be stopped at all costs so they found a woman who decided to become "suddenly courageous” and accuse him of something she says happened 40 years ago, and of course, a few others suddenly got inspired by her to come forward as well.

Maybe you’re one of those who sides with her or the agenda that motivated her, but it just seems way too coincidental to me and anyone else with the ability to actually see the forest for the trees, that someone would wait decades while watching him or any other individual rise in prominence and hold a number of important and prestigious offices only to suddenly find the inner strength to step up and make such a claim now when there is a tight race between him and a democrat rival.

I might add, I, along with many across the nation now hold her in utter contempt in light of the yearbook “evidence” she put forth to support her allegations having just been shot full of holes via her own admission.  I predict this lame attempt to sully the judge is going to backfire in a big way and see him win in a landslide on Tuesday.  

The lesson to be learned by all of these allegations is clear.  It doesn’t matter your age, gender, political or social ideology, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, or disability; if you believe you have been wronged or violated by someone, be it your boss, an authority or political figure, celebrity, or maybe the mailman, don’t wait for years or decades to pass by.  Reach down deep and gather your courage, and bring pressure and evidence to bear on whoever has violated you as soon as possible.

If the allegations are truthful and timely, the story will not be subject to the haziness of a decades old memory and the accused will likely be prevented from abusing or harming others in the future.  On the other hand, if one decides to wait several “eons,” one will have to live with the knowledge that they are responsible for a monster being allowed to continue victimizing untold others.

Additionally, if the story is concocted in the first place, as was done per her own admission by Beverly Young Nelson, and intentionally besmirches the reputation of any person for any reason; such a bearer of false witness deserves whatever criminal and civil penalties the legal system deems just and appropriate.

At the end of the day, I’m just an average guy that’s been around the block a few times and observes the human condition with a good measure of common sense and discernment, and this isn’t rocket science; although, I believe “Occam’s Razor” certainly applies.  

If you’re not familiar with it, Wikipedia describes it as follows: “Suppose there exist two explanations for an occurrence. In this case the simpler one is usually better. Another way of saying it is that the more assumptions you have to make, the more unlikely an explanation is. Occam's razor applies especially in the philosophy of science, but also more generally.” 

To put it in subdued layman’s terms and to loosely paraphrase a famous Cheech and Chong skit, “…if it looks like feces, feels like feces, and smells like feces…don’t step in it!”