I’ve stayed silent on the Herman Cain sex scandal issues. Part because I’ve learned the hard way the price of reacting to bad news reporting. And part because I’ve needed to set my thoughts.
With that said, here are the pertinent issues:
- Did he do it?
- Does it matter?
- Is there a double standard?
I think the biggest of the three is #1. Did Mr. Cain in fact abuse his position and make unwanted advances towards women? I resonate with the fact that the 90’s were a period of escalated reports of abuse. However, I also resonate with the characteristics of powerful people. Personally I think that there is a large enough pattern to suggest that something iffy is in play. Do I think there is a case of abuse? No, I don’t. Do I think that he may have suggested a “sex to play” kinda scenario? Yes, I accept that possibility.
Then, #2, does it matter? I would suggest that America doesn’t think it does. We elect all kinds of crazy and we do it every year. Personally I think it DOES matter. It suggests a certain character. And further, I think it suggests a somewhat lack of discipline wielding power.
Last, is there a double standard? Absolutely. Neither party has grounds to stand on when it comes to moral failings. And they should stop in this bickering.