by Tim Jones 11/21/17
What do Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, and Charles Manson all Have in Common? The sixties. • Roger Simon recently wrote a commentary titled Bill Clinton: Godfather of Weinstein and Roy Moore. The premise of his essay is that Clinton changed the culture that paved the way for the bad behavior and all of the other sexual misconduct in the political, entertainment and media realms that seems to be flowing out into the public like a broken dike:
President Clinton established an atmosphere of permissiveness in this country that allowed many things to slip by — straight and gay — without criticism, essentially changing our culture.
The Democratic Party — with the notable exception of Joe Lieberman — gave Clinton a pass for having sexual relations with a 22-year-old intern in the Oval Office and in so doing gave a subliminal message to America. If you had the right politics, if you were sufficiently “progressive” (whatever that means), everything was okay, especially if you were “cool,” played the sax, and wore shades.
As much as Mr. Simon’s commentaries are usually spot-on, this is one where I would have to disagree. There is some truth to his argument that when the public at large accepted Mr. Clinton’s behavior as a ‘private matter,’ it sent a signal to current and future sexual predators everywhere that morally it’s acceptable even though it probably would be better to keep it a private matter (which helps explain all of the massive monetary payouts to keep the incidents quiet by Weinstein and even by members of Congress).
But this “Clintonian Permissiveness” which could also be labeled liberal morality, did not change the culture nor open the doors to sexually misconduct, but is the logical extension of what began in the Sixties. It was the Sixties ethos of liberation, most particularly of the sexual kind, that emerged out of the Sixties. Slogans like ” Peace & Love”, “Let it all hang out”, “Just do it” and “Love the one you’re with” reflected the beginning of the downward trend and slow motion destruction of traditional morality and restraint.
Harvey Weinstein even stated in a revealing mea culpa that the reason for his bad behavior and boorishness was because it was the culture of the 60s and 70s and he was just acting it out:
Harvey Weinstein is not denying the sexual harassment allegations brought against him but instead, in a released statment, he says he grew up in the 60s and 70s and “that was the culture then.”
Weinstein was right. Liberalism has defined the culture ever since the Sixties where even conservatives have accepted it and allow themselves to be manipulated by the Left because they always set the terms of debate because the Left owns the playing field. It can’t be disputed that liberalism and Liberalism have ruled the media, Hollywood and education since that era. Clueless Republicans and some conservatives just don’t get it and have a kind of Stockholm Syndrome mentality where they identify with their captors (political opponents in their case) viewing the world through a liberal prism. This explains why the misconduct is, and has been, bipartisan.
With the recent death of Manson, it is appropriate to identity his criminality as the extreme dark side of the Sixties where he commanded his followers to kill based on real-time Sixties nihilism. It didn’t take decades for the Sixties attitude of self-liberation to reveal itself with Manson. He was deranged enough to pick up on its relativism to invent a crazy scheme to ignite a race war by murdering seven innocents, including the beautiful actress Sharon Tate, who was pregnant at the time.
One can argue that the liberal morality of the Sixties, rather than being one of “Peace & Love”, in actuality was one of the nihilism presaged by the heinous crimes of Manson. It just wasn’t as criminal, but the decade of free love, sexual liberation, etc., but the behavior originating then until today directly connects the dots to the sexual misconduct of Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore (if the allegations are true) and the myriad of other public figures that are being exposed in the current media frenzy.
The difference between liberal and conservative philosophy is the difference between liberating oneself from tradition, restraint and limitation versus the maintenance of an orderly and virtuous society based on tradition and self-restraint. As the Sixties tore down traditions and limitations, it was only natural that man’s worse instincts would rise to the surface in an ugly way. The current wave of sexual misconduct being exposed are the consequences and logical outcome of Sixties’ liberal morality that rules today in popular culture. Or as Manson might have stated, Helter Skelter is what we want so it’s the chaos of Helter Skelter is what we got.
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