Is There a Cure for Groper’s Disease?

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, Kevin Spacey, John Conyers, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, and (gasp!) Garrison Keillor.

What do all of these men have in common?

Yes, we know they are accused gropers, sexual predators, harassers, etc. Well, maybe not so much Garrison Keillor of Lake Wobegon. He apparently made the mistake of putting his hand on the bare back of a woman he had been trying to console, and when she recoiled, he apologized.

Garrison Keillor

But what about the others? What else do they have in common?

Here’s an answer. They are all (or were) powerful men in positions of significant authority.

Each also has an ego larger than Mt. Everest. That ego, along with all that power, somehow convinced them that they have the right and are entitled to “have their way” with any woman (or man, in Spacey’s case) who happens to be within their licentious grasp.

What I find fascinating is the breathless response to all of this by the media and Congress. It’s as if a new disease like Ebola has been discovered.

Folks, this kind of behavior has been going on since men and women lived in caves.

Powerful people (and I include women in this indictment) have always used the less powerful and vulnerable for their pleasure, entertainment, and comfort.

So let’s stop pretending that all this groping, grabbing, and grappling is some new societal pandemic. When you pay men (or women) seven and eight-figure salaries and treat them like they are faultless and unassailable, there are not many who have the moral fiber to prevent that kind of money and power from going to their heads.

Their sense of entitlement becomes a raison d’etre, and they go about their lives like American Pashas. The only thing missing are