Apply same standards to all
BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Sometimes I feel like I’m trapped in the Twilight Zone where I’m surrounded by crazy people, but only I know it.
Sort of like William Shatner in the episode where he sees the monster on the wing of the passenger plane but no one believes him. Except my monster is orange with little baby hands.
It’s not the first time I’ve felt this way.
I returned to college at 28 years old in 2001. A few weeks after classes began a pack of madmen flew jumbo jets into the World Trade Center. Soon after that U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan. I full-heartedly supported the move. Osama bin Laden was a Frankenstein's monster of our own creation, but a monster nonetheless that needed to be put down.
But then then President Bush ordered troops into Iraq. It didn't make sense to me. Fifteen of the 19 highjackers who attacked our way of life were from Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden was from Saudi Arabia and hiding out in Afghanistan. He hated the secular leader of Iraq - a guy we had propped up in the '80s. Another of our Frankensteins. So what the hell were we doing in Iraq? Still not sure today. The only folks who are sure still believe - incorrectly - that Iraq had something to do with 9/11.
I was part of a small group of students who tried to hold a cafeteria conversation about the issue only to be drowned out by loud-mouthed ruffians who shouted nonsense like "support our troops." Who doesn't support the troops? I'm a Navy veteran.
There are a lot of folks who wouldnt listen back then who I bet wishes they did.
I know Walter B. Jones. I covered him when I worked for a different newspaper at the beach. The Republican Congressman voted for the war. He's since seen the light. He's personally penned more than 11,000 condolence letters to the families of fallen troops as penance.
So what has me so similarly vexed today? I've been listening to conservatives on television and a few I know personally rail against Al Franken and other Democrats for sexual abuse allegations.
Very few acknowledge the president's own pitfalls in this area. Not only has he been accused of inappropriate behavior by more than a dozen women, including one of his ex-wives, he admitted to such behavior in a 2005 recording.
"I did try and (expletive) her. She was married," the president said, adding that he's "automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the (expletive). You can do anything."
That's Donald Trump the reality TV star. How much more power does he weld now? And it's not just accusations and "locker room talk."
The president said reporter Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions during a debate because she was menstruating. He pointed out the appearance of a female candidate and asked why anyone would vote for her.
"Look at that face!" The president said of Carly Fiorina. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!"
But all this is forgotten while Hollywood moguls and Washington mainstays are raked over the coals for the same stuff. Please don't confuse what I'm saying. Those producers and politicians belong in the hot seat for their alleged actions. But so too does the groper-in-chief.