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    The Silly Sexual Assault Allegations Against President HW Bush

    The Silly Sexual Assault Allegations Against President HW Bush

    And yes, they ARE silly

    I simply cannot wrap my head around this one.

    Wednesday, two women made publicly accused former President HW Bush of sexual assault, not harassment, assault.

    The first, which prompted the second, jumped aboard the #MeToo train (we discussed that here) saying four years ago, the wheelchair bound former President patted her rear during a photo op.

    Actress Heather Lind accused Bush of sexual assault via Instagram post (which was later deleted), writing:

    I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes. I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo. But when I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo. He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side. He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again. Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say “not again”. His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President. It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy. He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me. What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really. I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them. I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character. My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me. I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences. And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him.
    #metoo

    Like the other #metoo posts, they only tell one side of the story and assume the motives of the alleged abuser without giving them an opportunity to plead their case.

    Soon after, Bush’s spokesperson released the following statement:

    That this kind of explanation is needed makes me hate everything.

    The flood of sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations of Harvey Weinstein have blown the lid off quiet, shame-induced victimhood. No more are victims of sexual abuse afraid to speak up for fear of retribution; a fantastic development.

    Unfortunately, as #metoo and Lind’s accusation perfectly illustrate, someone patting a woman’s rear without consent is being lumped into the same category and with the same abusers as Halperin and Weinstein.

    Pretending what President Bush did was sexual assault doesn’t raise awareness of sexual predation, instead it demeans actual instances of sexual assault and the trauma those victims suffer for the rest of their lives. It takes a real, horrific crime, and makes the public laugh at the stupidity of the accusation.

    There’s an entire generation that’s been raised without any respect for words and their meaning in conjunction with an ingrained desire to be a victim as a means of either standing out or fitting in and it’s ruining some of the best parts of our society.

    If this is funny (and I chucked at this one),

    Then I’m not sure how Hollywood squares some sexual jokes as funny while others as off-putting.

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    Ghost Rider | October 27, 2017 at 10:55 am

    While these allegations may be a bit overblown, he should know better than put himself in this position and expose himself to these type of allegations. I don’t care if Barbara is present or not.

    Funny how on the left “permission to objectify” one’s self and/or the intentional solicitation of objectification can be turned on and off and, the one asking to be objectified gets to determine after the fact whether she approves of who objectified her… case in point, Katy Perry

    Sorry but I can’t agree. Sapp a girl on the butt or squeezing her butt is a mild form of sexual assault. I was prepared to give Bush a pass for being 93 with dementia and unable to control himself, but radaronline.com has video of him 10 years ago when he could still walk standing next to actress Terri Hatcher and giving her at least 4 hard spanks on her butt.

    So apparently pappasitos Bush besides being a horrible president is a horndog who likes to cop a feel on younger women.

    No excuses for his behavior or forJr’s pro globalist attacks on President Trump. Thank god President Trump saved us from not just Hillary but also Jeb!

      Meh. One of my favorite cotton-candy movies is Bridget Jones’s Diary, and the opening scene includes her elderly pervy “uncle” not just patting but actually cupping her butt. Sexual assault, though? Um, that seems a stretch.

      Girls get this scene. It happens on occasion and is one of those things you move away from while making a joke or tossing a look as Bridget does.

      Now, we could always turn around and smack the doddering old fool who hasn’t been able to get it up in forty years, or we can just move away feeling sorry for the old codger. Like Bridget, most of us take the latter (and, to my mind, higher) road. Some doddering old guy we can knock over by kicking his cane away is not a threat. He’s a sad sad man who deserves our pity and maybe even our prayers.

      This is not even in the same universe as what Weinstein did to countless women and treating it as such will fuel crazed witch hunts in which all men, especially white ones, are guilty of some sort of “assault” or predation because they brushed a woman’s arm in an elevator or flirted with an uninterested woman. Do we really really need to go down that path? Does our society have to be so tightly controlled that women can no longer decide for ourselves what constitutes sexual assault worthy of legal recourse and public shaming and what is utterly harmless and nonthreatening?

        Nobody is drawing any equivalency between Weinstein and Papa Bush. Its the difference between felony sexual assault and some class C or B misdemeanor assault. But it is still an unwanted touching of the Creepy kind. In Bush’s case an example of a male in a power position abusing that power.

        Papa Bush and his son Jr were both horrible presidents and globalists. It also appears that papa Bush was a horndog abuser of the creepy kind well before he lost his mind.

        They are also good friends with Bill Clinton and have never said a bad word about Obama. I’m well past the time of being over the Bushes.

          I couldn’t agree more in your assessment of both Bushes. They were horrendous one-world progressives. No American can look at H. W.’s signing of the UN’s 21st-century global sustainability agenda and think he gave a rat’s patootey about America or her people.

          That’s not the same as H. W. trying to relive his glory days by wistfully patting someone’s bum. Horrendous globalist who sold us out? Yep. Serial sex offender who should be pilloried? Nope.

    Actual sexual assault victims should punch these metoo’rs in the throat.


     
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    citizenjeff | October 28, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Ms. Kaye, you’re right to distinguish a severe offense from a mild one, but you’re wrong to quibble over semantics. Isn’t sexual assault generally defined as ANY unwanted sexual touching?

      Theoretically. But in actual application, the term “sexual assault” has been so broadly defined that it can be applied to any interaction between males and females. Even saying “Good morning” has been called sexual assault.


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