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Consistency and Bill Cosby

As the accusations against Bill Cosby continue to pour in, society at large has chosen to abandon him. TV Land yanked its planned “Cosby Show” Thanksgiving marathon, and NBC axed its in-development sitcom that would have marked Cosby’s return to prime time. As more and more venues where he was scheduled to perform withdraw their invitations, Cosby looks to spend his golden years in a permanent state of pariah-hood.

It is unlikely, however, that any of these accusations will be proven in a court of law. The alleged assaults took place decades ago, and assembling a legal case against him is all but impossible. Yet the accusers are credible, and collusion among them is very unlikely. In light of these realities, Cosby’s defenders are few and far between. (My Esteemed Colleague thinks this may be a white supremacist plot, but he’s the only one I’ve seen who has even come close to providing a defense.) Public opinion’s judgment is unanimous, and it is not contingent on the findings of a jury.

The masses have spoken, and they, now and forever, will view Bill Cosby as a rapist.

Make no mistake – I am not writing this to appeal the public’s verdict. I also find the accusations persuasive, and the pattern of behavior is too consistent to ignore. I had tremendous respect for Bill Cosby prior to this scandal, but my opinion of him has now been forever changed. Barring some dramatic revelation that invalidates the testimonies of his multitude of accusers, I will regard this man as someone beneath contempt.

You know, the same way I regard Bill Clinton.

Clinton has been accused of rape and sexual assault by just as many women as Cosby has, and the women who have come forward against him are just as credible as Cosby’s accusers. Unlike Cosby, Clinton has been proven to have repeatedly lied about his sexual behavior, and the pattern of abuse is far more readily established in his case.

Yet while Cosby is a pariah, Clinton is the Democratic Party’s patron saint.

Clinton’s speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention was the killing stroke that effectively ended Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Polls show Clinton is the most popular political figure in the country, and his wife is the prohibitive front runner to become the first woman president, due largely to residual affection for her husband’s administration.

So can anyone explain why Cosby should be shunned but Clinton should be revered?

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  1. Because progressives/communists are allowed to engage in sexual offenses.

    Folks right of center, are not allowed to engage in the same sexual offenses.

  2. Scapegoat. Once a year ancient Israel sent a goat out into the desert to die, and the goat takes society’s sins. It is a metaphor for the atonement.

    I doubt anyone picked Bill Cosby specifically for this role; it is more like iron filings looking for a handy magnet to stick to. Once anyone made accusation against him suddenly more follow. Society will “shun” him, Amish style, and tranquility will prevail for a while longer.

    As for Bill Clinton, I think many people admire his audacity. If you are going to sin, do it in dramatic ways — with an intern in the halls of the white house. Whatever Bill Cosby did appears to have been secret, shameful, and consequently a bit too “guilt inducing” in the shameful behaviors many citizens wish to forget or at least to remain unknown.

  3. Slick Willy is a totem of the Democratic Party, a reprehensible totem. That the DNC, and their party members, consider him a revered “patron saint” speaks volumes about what they stand for.