So here’s a question: if someone discovers the dusty diary of teenaged Dolores Peachman, who within it alleges sexual advances made in 1894 by Senator Patrick Leahy when he was 35, is he then prohibited from seeking a 17th term? Well certainly not if he’s a democrat naturally, but what’s the standard for non-progs? Are ancient, unsupportable allegations made with meticulous coincidence before a key senatorial election morally disqualifying? Would Bernie Sanders’ career be over the moment an antique accusation emerged from the assisted living center? If so, Republicans better start canvassing as if they’re Democrats. All it takes is a pointed finger…and a colluding media.
Now I obviously have no knowledge whatsoever of what’s true in the ongoing Roy Moore/teenaged girls scandal in Alabama. If he actually laid hands on a 14 year old as a grown man then he’s a degenerate and I presume a criminal without knowing Alabama’s age of consent at the time. Though a well-known feature of sexual degeneracy is its very high rate of recidivism. People rarely stop doing what arouses them voluntarily. And by narrative of the accusations, Moore apparently ceased pursuing teenaged-girls generations ago. That should seem odd to someone.
Though following his alleged ephebophilic rampage, today’s accusers remained obstinately mute. In the interim, Moore served years as a county prosecutor, private attorney, circuit court judge, and chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. At no time throughout this long public service did his prior improprieties trouble their conscience sufficiently to warrant mentioning. But what if he were preying on other young girls? Wouldn’t there exist a moral duty to warn the public? Well, not before the left needs to win a Senate election 40 years later, there isn’t. And besides, a young woman doesn’t just come right out and accuse a man until she’s had time to gather her thoughts and her grandchildren.
But languid reporting aside, another dutifully ignored element of this story is America’s changing customs of courtship. As you may know, we habitually project today’s mores backwards, and hold our predecessors strictly accountable to them. It’s a remarkably dishonest cultural tic that someone should eventually write a piece about.
Pertinent to this topic was a conversation I had with an old friend I’ll call Mike following the Roy Moore revelations. As boys, Mike and I occasionally played at his grandparents’ sprawling farmhouse, with he being one of some multitude of grandchildren that marriage ultimately produced. While talking the other day Mike described how his grandfather first approached his future father-in-law seeking permission to court the woman who would eventually become his wife. His grandfather was 32 at the time. His grandmother was 17. Her father said yes. A 50+ year marriage was the result. So was Mike’s grandfather a predator? Was his great grandfather a pimp?
If the answers are yes, then the old age homes are bursting with malice. That’s because the median age of women at first marriage was 20 as late as 1970. I understand math is a less precise discipline to liberals than raysis, though that figure suggests half of all marriages in America involved a teenaged bride within most adults’ lifetimes. Does anyone think some number of these completely common unions didn’t involve men in their early 30s? Were all those people child molesters like Roy Moore and Jerry Seinfeld?
Like every WaPo reporter, I know nothing of Roy Moore’s sexual pursuits. Though the left’s replacement pursuits are quite a bit clearer. Thus I tend to side with populist conservatives, even when they are being attacked by the media organs who hate me. If the age 14 accusation were confirmed that would change. But it’s likely that stealing an election is the only salve his accusers seek.