I haven’t follow the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Herman Cain closely, but from what I’ve read thus far, it amounts to anonymous sources quoting unnamed women making vague allegations. For now I’ll make the following points:
i) I don’t think Cain is the best candidate for other reasons. It may be that he will be knocked out of the running for the wrong reasons. I’d prefer another candidate, although it would be unfortunate if he’s unjustly ousted.
ii) There’s a larger issue. The accusations I’ve read thus far are politically correct accusations of the sort that endanger all normal men. It’s fostering a witch-hunt climate for men who are harmlessly flirtatious, or simply take pleasure in gazing at a pretty woman. That shouldn't be a prosecutable or a fireable offense.
iii) A witch-hunt creates a dilemma. On the one hand, it threatens many innocent bystanders. You never know who the accusers will come for next.
On the other hand, it’s also dangerous to oppose the witch-hunt. To be the first person to take a public stand against it. For the instant you do so, suspicion falls on you. What would motivate you to defend an accused witch unless you yourself were a secret sympathizer?
So even though many men privately disapprove of what’s happening to Cain (assuming he’s innocent of genuine wrongdoing), there’s still a temptation to distance yourself from him for your own protection. If you defend him, you’re inviting unwanted attention.
iv) This also reflects a new, reverse double standard. According to the old double standard, boys could be boys, but girls were shamed.
Now, however, it doesn’t seem as if a woman will get in trouble for flirting with a male coworker, or casting admiring glances at a male coworker. Same thing in public school.
v) A related problem is the way this illicitly expands the roster of registered sexual offenders. It doesn’t discriminate between genuine sexual predators and politically incorrect offenders.
And, ironically, this is more likely to fuel pornography and prostitution, if men feel that’s safer than flirting or dating.
A witch-hunt feeds on its own momentum. It only stops when it implicates the power brokers. If the power brokers feel threatened, then they will shut it down. But it does untold damage before reaching that point.
Like Stalinism, the liberal establishment is creating a class of political prisoners.