Right away, I knew this article was going to be good.
The thing is, Wesley (may I call you Wesley?), Herman Cain did have an opportunity to confront his accusers - there are more than one of them, have you heard? So far, there are five. He knew about this back in the 1990s, actually, which is when the charges were raised. This is not “news” to him. It’s only news to us. These things are wont to pop up when a person deems himself eligible to run the country.
Also, like FUCK is sexual harassment “a crime that only the accuser is allowed to define.” The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines it, right here. A victim gets to point out when s/he feels that it is happening to her/him. That is how most discrimination charges work, because the weird thing about discrimination is that the people in power, the ones who typically get to behave how they like when they like, don’t often feel the need to turn themselves in for subjugating the dignity of others, because a lot of times they don’t feel those others even have any to begin with. That’s why we put those laws there. Welcome to America.
With regards to this little line here: “Nothing shrinks a man’s passion, even for patting a bottom or stealing a kiss, quicker than a firm and furious rebuff from the lady” : go fuck yourself. Literally, go right now. I will wait.
This isn’t about skepticism. This isn’t about a smear campaign. That’s not even an argument that can be made. These are actual facts that happened in the past - ones that it sure looks like Cain was complicit in, judging from the revelation that two full-year severance agreements were reached.
You’re not mad that newspapers aren’t “serious” anymore, Wesley. You’re mad that they’re treating sexual harassment more seriously, however slightly, than they used to.