Some Fox news acolytes argue the man shouldn't be held accountable, because he was only 17 at the time, just a teenager, and boys will be boys, yet Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice were also teens when, despite their being unarmed, they were shot and killed, and those same Fox news acolytes hold them accountable for their own deaths, because different rules apply when your skin is not white. Indeed, there is a woman on TV at this moment saying of the accusations against the supreme court nominee: "Groping a woman, that’s not a big deal. It doesn't affect his character or him being able to do what he needs to do as a supreme court nominee. If he was pro-abortion they wouldn’t be fighting this hard." I swear she said that, and with her two daughters listening
Which brings up the undocumented immigrant girl, age 15, who had been raped and wanted an abortion, and the supreme court nominee, whose name I cannot stomach writing here, blocked a previous judge's consent, saying in effect she was old enough to be accountable for her actions, because again, different rules also apply when your skin is not white, and your gender is not male, never mind that you also come from one of those so-called sh*thole countries.
Every night I watch the news I feel as if I'm twisting on a spit. I can't truly take in how insane everything has become. I am out of practice writing my outrage, because I can no longer sort through it to make reasonable arguments—there is nothing remotely reasonable about what is going on with our so-called public servants. Who serve no one and nothing but their own greedy appetites. I'm worn out. White male privilege and entitlement and contempt are on full and appalling display, and that's still not enough to cause anything to change.
As for the midterms, I fear that they will be hijacked—why else was cowardly Paul Ryan in Russia for ten days but to run down for the hackers which races to target? Is this hell? I'm starting to think we're in the bad place. Speaking of which, I am oddly absorbed by The Good Place. When I can't bear the news anymore, can't bear the way women's deep sexual traumas are being trivialized and cast aside by career rapists and abusers and their allies in congress who have escaped consequences their whole lives long, I watch an episode. It's become my nightly escape.
I don't mean to say there aren't glimmers of hope on this parched landscape: Anyone following Texas's Beto O'Rourke?