CREDIT: Foster for Mississippi Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/foster4ms/

 

Mike Pence made quite a splash shortly after assuming office when it was revealed, via a Washington Post profile of Karen Pence, that he had a policy of not being alone or socializing outside of work with female staff.

In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.

This, as mamy recognized, is simply good common sense that had been called the “Billy Graham Rule,” having its genesis in the “Modesto Manifesto” that governed the actions of pastors affiliated with Graham’s evangelical movement.

…To guard against allegations or the actual abuse of money, sex, and power that had felled previous evangelists, the Graham team decided to take concrete steps to avoid the slightest whiff of controversy.

The team gathered in a hotel room in Modesto, California. They drew up a compact that became known as the “Modesto Manifesto,” though they produced no written document. The manifesto included provisions for distributing money raised by offerings, avoiding criticism of local churches, working only with churches that supported cooperative evangelism, and using official estimates of crowd sizes to avoid exaggeration. These policies would help Graham and his team avoid charges of financial exploitation and hucksterism.

But nothing loomed larger than sex. The most famous provision of the manifesto called for each man on the Graham team never to be alone with a woman other than his wife. Graham, from that day forward, pledged not to eat, travel, or meet with a woman other than Ruth unless other people were present. This pledge guaranteed Graham’s sexual probity and enabled him to dodge accusations that have waylaid evangelists before and since.

Of course, idiots are gonna idiot.

Now this fake controversy is back in the headlines. Robert Foster, who wants to be the GOP candidate for governor of Mississippi, ran into the feminist, SJW buzz-saw this week

Robert Foster made a promise to his high school sweetheart before they got married: He would never be alone with another woman he wasn’t related to under any circumstances, be it in an office, a farm or a truck.

On Sunday, that meant denying a female journalist’s request to ride along with him as he campaigned to become Mississippi’s next governor — unless she agreed to bring a male colleague along for the trip.

“I put my wife and my Christian beliefs above anyone else’s feelings or opinions … and I did not want there to be a perception that I was riding with another female and that something promiscuous was going on or anything like that,” Foster, a first-term Republican state representative, said to NPR.

The reporter — Larrison Campbell, who writes for Mississippi Today — began covering Foster even before he formally announced his gubernatorial aspirations. The request to join him on the campaign trail for a full day of events was part of the news outlet’s election coverage that would include similar profiles of all the GOP candidates vying for a win in the Republican primary on Aug. 6.

And she and other media types seem to think she’s a victim of some type.

A couple of rather silly people collaborated on a Washington Post piece titled: Dear Robert Foster and Mike Pence: I have some ideas for how to protect your virtue. The underlying theme of this, like so many pieces that are blatantly dishonest about the issue, is that Foster either thinks he can’t control himself around strange women or thinks that his animal magnetism is such that no woman can resist him.

This is good for laughs among people who are pretty much morons but misses the issue. While I might trust myself to act properly, and I might even trust the other party to act properly, what I can’t trust is that the other party isn’t a baldfaced liar out to destroy my career and reputation, or won’t see an advantage in doing so at some point in the future, or that everyone who sees us together will treat the situation as it is. There are plenty of careers in DC that have been ruined by malicious gossip. In fact, give the way this particular reporter is behaving, it looks like Foster made an extremely wise choice.

I understand the argument that by refusing to have these intimate meetings with young women, or even not so young women, on your staff that they might theoretically be disadvantaged. It’s possible and, if so, it’s unfortunate. But, to put it bluntly, why is your future career more important than my actual career and livelihood? What makes you think your potential to become a CEO is more important than my concern for my reputation and for the welfare of my family? Why should I think that if it ever becomes necessary to fire or demote you and that you’ll meekly take it and not make a false allegation? What are the chances that you’ll just make sh** up? Like this:

The bottom line is that my first professional obligation is myself and my family. My next concern is ensuring that my employer doesn’t get sued over allegations made against me. Somewhere back around 35th place is my obligation to spend one-on-one time with an employee that could totally wreck my first two obligations.

Foster made the right decision. More men should follow the example set by him and by Vice President Pence. If they did so, life would be much easier on everyone.