Karen’s rant du jour:
I’ve noticed a pattern. When someone from one team (and this could be the GOP or the Democratic party or a third party) gets accused of some kind of misconduct, other people from the same team immediately point to the bad stuff someone from the OTHER team did – “See that?! Did you see what HE did?!” My thought about this is…it’s a distraction – it’s keeping us from focusing on the things we need to deal with right now. If Kavanaugh attacked this woman – he should not, in any way, be allowed to serve on the Supreme Court or ANY court. Doesn’t matter what Clinton did or didn’t do. Doesn’t matter what Wasserman Schultz did or didn’t do. Doesn’t matter what anyone else did or didn’t do – the question is what did KAVANAUGH do? He’s the one being nominated for the Supreme Court right now. The corruption has to stop sometime with someone in some place. We can’t keep passing this stuff on and excusing it. I’ve come to realize in the last few years that BOTH of the major parties are full of corruption – and that doesn’t make any of it alright. We need to start at the top – with the President – and start cleaning the corruption, greed, dishonesty, and mean-spiritedness – out of there. The American people deserve better.
Please – if you’re 18 or over and a citizen of this country – vote in November.
P.S. A friend pointed out that there’s actually now a name for what I described here: whataboutism.
This reminds me of when my kids were little and used to try to distract me when one was in trouble by telling me something a sibling did, usually completely unrelated to whatever the kid of the moment was in trouble for. I would say “Oh, is that right? Well, I guess I’ll have to deal with that after we’ve dealt with this.”
It’s so common, and childish. Yet people react to it.
Each case is individual.
I agree that something needs to be done about cleaning house in both parties. From the top, down. So many being called out are ready to throw the other guy under the bus to distract, or even hoping not to look as bad as that other guy who did that other thing.
Right ON, flourgirl!