Sunday, October 9, 2016

American Hypocrisy Strikes Again

American Hypocrisy Strikes Again

You will hear far “worse” about men at any hens’ night with male strippers. Are women supposed to be afforded special treatment when sexual banter starts flying? Don’t we men have feelings too? Or don’t we care?

US media were prepared to report with some semblance of impartiality, that is until Trump surged ahead in the polls. Then everything changed drastically as The New York Times and Washington Post threw dozens of reporters on to digging up dirt on Trump to be released at a time it would most benefit Hillary.

I have never seen such a sneakily biased approach taken at any election.The media clearly want Trump gone this time. And those in the Republican Party feigning indignant rage are appealing only to their wives.

But has Trump just initiated himself into a long line of Presidents who behaved “badly”? 


Bush senior and junior were accused of all sorts of sexual shenanigans. 


Frank Sinatra supplied Jack Kennedy and his Administration with a steady supply of willing women.


The United States fifteenth President, James Buchanan was the country’s only life-long bachelor President. He had a continuous homosexual affair over a decade with William Rufus King, a former vice-president under Millard Fillmore. The pair were secretly referred to as, Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy.


Grover Cleveland had a chorus line of extra marital ladies. One was Maria Crofts Halpin who later accused Cleveland of fathering her son, Oscar. Cleveland, while never admitting paternity, sent her regular child support cheques. When he ran for president in 1884, his opponents taunted him with the slogan, “Ma Ma, where’s my pa?.... gone to the White House, ha ha ha.” Cleveland still prevailed as President in the ensuing election.


Even Franklin Roosevelt’s wheel chair copped a right ol' hammering and his paralysis proved no impediment to his womanising. He had a life-long affair with Lucy Mercer, his wife’s social secretary. When his wife Eleanor stumbled upon some sexually explicit love letters between her husband and Lucy she threatened to divorce him, but that didn’t happen and Eleanor remained FDR’s partner, if not lover, for life. Undaunted, FDR continued his relationship with Mercer until his death in 1945 (Lucy Mercer was actually at the President's bedside when he died.) Other affairs included his secretary, Missy Le Hand, and another with the Crown Princess Marta of Norway. Eleanor, like a peeved Hillary Clinton, got even with her own extramarital soirees with Nancy Cook, Marion Dickerman and Lorena Hickok.


It’s no secret about Uma Abedin and Hillary have been playing for over a decade. 


Lyndon B Johnson, when referring to JFK’s sexual exploits, claimed, 

“I have had more women by accident than he’s had on purpose.”

A woman named Madeline Brown claimed to have had a 20-year affair with Johnson, which, although she said was purely physical, produced her a son. If so, LBJ was working her on the side, as he also, according to Johnson’s biographer Robert Caro, was conducting a 30-year affair with a woman named Alice Glass, beginning in 1937. Alice was the wife of a newspaper magnate who owned papers that strongly supported Johnson. 


Andrew Jackson married his wife Rachel before she was divorced from her husband, making him the first President to be guilty of bigamy.


According to Ronald Reagan’s biographer, Kitty Kelley, he was accused of raping a woman called Selene Walters in her home when he was serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild. “I opened the door,” she said, “then it was the battle of the couch. I was fighting him. I didn’t want him to make love to me. He’s a very big man, and he just had his way.” Kelley also claims the much vaunted story about Reagan’s wife Nancy was true in that she did have a lengthy affair with Frank Sinatra. Ronald Reagan seemed to confirm the rumour by refusing to speak to Sinatra from that point on.


President Warren Harding was known to have mounted various women in the White House closet. Besides having a long affair with Carrie Fulton Phillips, the wife of his friend James Phillips, Harding was also screwing Nan Britton, a woman 30 years his junior, who produced him an illegitimate daughter. When Harding died, his wife Florence was accused of poisoning him.


Even the squeakily clean and miniature, bible-bashing, hapless Jimmy Carter said,  "I've committed adultery in my heart many times." And don’t bother mentioning Bill Clinton’s testosterone flushes... in fact over the past two hundred years the Presidency has been riddled with sex scandals. Not one president seems to have escaped a sex scandal of some sort.  


Donald Trump appears not to have committed anything of substance just yet. You could say he is all talk!

And US media, believing they have finally sunk Trump, may actually have unintentionally anointed him into the club of sexually qualified Presidents.

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