"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nothing to See Here So Move Along

A Cleveland woman -- actually a 19 year-old, learning-disabled girl -- claims she was raped in a tent at the Occupy Cleveland protest.   (Aside:  doesn't "Occupy Cleveland" sound absurd?   But, then, the whole protest movement of the moment seems absurd.)   Here's the story:

Cleveland police are investigating an alleged sexual assault incident Saturday at the “Occupy Cleveland” rally involving a 19-year-old female student from Parma.
According to police reports, the 19-year-old student was instructed by “Occupy Cleveland” personnel to “share a tent with the suspect due to a shortage of tents.”

The suspect identified himself as “Leland” to the woman. The woman told police that after she had thought the suspect went to sleep in his own bed, she slept in a sleeping bag provided to her by the rally.

The student went to school Monday and told a teacher about her sexual assault incident in Public Square — which is being classified as “kidnapping/rape” — prompting the teacher to immediately contact the authorities.

And here's a local TV news story covering the allegation:

Note the reporter's concern that the allegation might do damage to the "work" that the protesters are doing.   And note the fair hearing given to a young man expressing doubt about a rape allegation as he makes the ridiculous claim that the girl was probably bused in to make the allegation.   Funny, that.  I'm sure they would have given a fair hearing to a Tea Party member if he offered that kind of skepticism about a rape of a young girl at a Tea Party rally.   But, then again, no such allegations ever surfaced on our side of the aisle, did they?

To me, the story is obviously plausible.   I mean, why would anyone think that a rape could occur at Occupy Cleveland?   No, no, no, it couldn't possibly happen, not in tents housing a bunch of twenty-something radicals who are all juiced up with political passion and hormones and weed.   No, no, no, why would anyone assume that there might be some sexual tension in the air when boy radicals meet girl radicals in what they undoubtedly think is the most important, most exciting moment of their young lives?
And, I hope it's not being too politically incorrect, but haven't any of these reporters ever read anything about the f***ing 1960s?   Don't they know about how radical boys would coerce young girls into having sex by leveraging their political commitment?   Come on, baby, do it for the Movement!   Come on, baby, show some Solidarity!    And, for that matter, did they ever read Soul on Ice, where Eldridge Cleaver talks about raping young white girls as a political statement?

I mean, it's one thing to be completely oblivious to human nature.   We expect that from liberals.   But it's another thing to just completely elide the very history you're trying to emulate.

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