This is Part II of what was initially supposed to be a single post. As I researched and began documenting different things for what I thought would be a blog post on the Duggar scandal, I realized how big it had become. Part I can be found here.
As people began taking sides, it was mind-numbing to consider how many were actually siding with Josh Duggar and his parents. They did this under the guise of Christianity and at the cost of the victims. The victims, from their own interview, haven’t recognized the deeper truths. Maybe they never will. In a way, maybe it’s better. Mostly, many of their decisions, beliefs and problems will be rooted in the molestation and they are woefully unprepared. They just don’t know it yet. It’s who came to the defense of Josh Duggar and his parents that resulted in the collective incredulous gasp. Let’s just say the word “hypocrite” has taken on new meaning.
So no one thought about a medical check up for these girls? That's standard procedure but no mention in reports. #Duggars
— Donna McGill (@Cat_5_Cane) June 6, 2015
There are people raising ten different kinds of hell about the sins of Kaitlyn Jenner in one breath and in the next, insisting what happened in this family is typical familial dynamics. I’ve heard everything from, “They were all kids,” to “My God, it’s not like he raped them”. This is the kind of ignorance that keeps molestation in the cold, dark corner of human nature. This is exactly why victims are afraid to speak out and it’s exactly why the real numbers of molestation cases can never be accurate.
What I'm getting from this is "being molested by your brother is ok if you don't understand what's going on" #duggars
— Emily Elizabeth (@ItsEmiilyYall) June 6, 2015
Of course, it was just a matter of time before Sarah Palin piped in. This woman…I swear, she used to have a solid mindset. She was tough, she made sense and she had no concept of biting her tongue. Her approach to this scandal? To release a ridiculous rant against some Hollywood twit through her daughter’s blog. It’s just…bizarre. From her Facebook post verbatim:
HEY LENA, WHY NOT LAUGH OFF EVERYONE’S SEXUAL “EXPERIMENTS” AS YOU HAUGHTILY ENJOY REWARDS FOR YOUR OWN PERVERSION? YOU PEDOPHILE, YOU
Is she saying what Josh Duggar did was little more than “sexual experiments”? She continues:
Radical liberals in media who have total control over public narratives are disgusting hypocrites, so says my daughter.
It’s the classic “overlook the problem and then turn the tables” mentality.
I’m not defending the Duggar boy’s obvious wrongdoing over a decade ago. The main victim in any story like this isn’t the perpetrator, it’s the innocent ones so harmfully affected.
The Duggar boy’s obvious wrongdoing. Let’s be blunt, shall we? How about the “Duggar boy’s felonious acts”? Oh, and it was over a decade ago, so what? No harm, no foul? And by the way, he is not the victim – “main” or otherwise in this story.
Next, she targets the law enforcement:
The shocking, unethical leak of a private, legally protected counseling document by a politically motivated law enforcement official. Media – time to go after her or him for illegalities and for destroying the public’s trust in law enforcement.
And she calls on the media to do the right thing. Really? The media? This is the most distrusted segment in American culture today. Oh, that’s right…she DOES know how twisted the media is, but hey, whatever works, right? Her next line:
The media’s hell-bent mission to go after the entire Duggar family for one member’s wrongdoing, while giving a total pass to perverted actions of someone like Lena Dunham – or any other leftwinger celeb caught doing awful things. Remember reports of the pedophile billionaire our former democrat president has been friends with and hung out with on the pedophile’s “orgy island” full of underage girls?
By the way, as for the “shocking” and “unethical” leak of private, legally protected documents, no one broke the law. (Don’t forget – Josh Duggar wasn’t concerned about legally protecting his victims: he sued the state in 2007). Both Springdale and Washington Counties in Arkansas were presented with a FOI notice. The information was not sealed, so they had to release it. And why wasn’t it sealed? The parents did not report it until AFTER the statute of limitations run out and after it was too late for their son to be held accountable. Also, Josh Duggar, by then, was an adult, so he had no right to expect the same privacy as minors. If she’s that pissed about this becoming public, she should take it up with Jim and Michelle Duggar.
And, like mother, like daughter, Bristol sums it up in a way that’s more pleasant to her senses:
Josh Duggar touched a sleeping girls breast – a terrible thing to go.
Howard Kurtz wasted no time, either. After the first part of the interview aired last week, he and Kelly had a nice little chat that began with Kelly asking him, “Why must it go to the ‘red-blue place all the time?”
He replied, “Because we live in such a polarized media culture that that becomes more important than anything else.”
Of course. Except the ones who jumped on the Duggar bandwagon were conservative politicians, Fox News pundits – and even one who was, at one time, both. Mike Huckabee left Fox News to throw his hat into the presidential wannabe ring. He should have stayed right where he was.
— Duane Maddy (@GraphicArtMaddy) June 4, 2015
Ultimately, whatever happens has probably already happened. This was big news a few days ago; today, not so much. We’ve moved on to other matters, including new police brutality videos, the G7 summit and whatever else it is the media thinks we should know. For many, myself included, it’s time to rethink what it is I know about the political repercussions over the controversial issues. I’m fine with that. I can do that. I’m just beginning to wonder how to choose, yet again, between the worse of many evils.