Victims at the Sofitel

Early Saturday afternoon, a hotel maid was confronted by a guest when she entered his suite to clean it.  The maid alleges that the guest “emerged naked from the bathroom, pursued her down a hallway, and pulled her into the bedroom,” according to the Wall Street Journal.  She got away from him, but “he chased her again and dragged her into a bathroom.”  The Journal is decorous enough not to detail what happened next, but according to the maid’s charges, a forcible sex act was involved.

The maid “was taken by police to a hospital and was treated for minor injuries,” adds the Associated Press.  She’s pressing charges of “a criminal sex act, attempted rape, and unlawful imprisonment” against her alleged assailant, who is currently in police custody. 

The accused has a long history of sexual impropriety, including a 2002 incident whose victim is now stepping forward to file a legal complaint, after nine years of frightened silence.  He’s 62 years old, and married with four children.  He was arrested while trying to leave the country.  The New York Post says the cops were only able to haul him out of first class seating because he left his cell phone behind in his haste to flee, and was foolish enough to call the hotel from the airport, to report his lost phone.  If he makes bail, he’ll almost certainly board another plane and fly away from American justice.

That’s because he’s the head of the International Monetary Fund, a top-ranking member of the French Socialist Party, and widely considered the leading candidate to be the next president of France.  His name is Dominique Strauss-Kahn, popularly known by his initials DSK, and referred to as “The Great Seducer” back home.

Oh, and the hotel where this incident took place?  That would be the luxurious Sofitel near Times Square in New York City, which offers “consummate style, comfort, and elegance” with a fusion of New York and Parisian styles.  DSK’s suite cost $3000 per night. 

No one is quite certain what Strauss-Kahn was doing in New York at all, since the Associated Press notes that “the IMF is based in Washington, and he had been due in Germany on Sunday to meet with Chancellor Angel Merkel.”

As the Wall Street Journal notes, “The French are legendary for nonchalance toward the sexual appetites of their politicians, and they sniffed at Americans who disapproved of Bill Clinton when he lied under oath about sex.”  The French were wrong back then, and this incident is further evidence of why.  The pretense that a man can be a liar, cheat, or ogre in his behavior towards women, but wise and responsible when dealing with his public responsibilities, is an absurd fiction shared among those who wish to become comfortable with their submission to an amoral ruling class. 

In our brave new world, wealth and luxury accrue to the redistributors.  The IMF is in the business of over-riding the decisions of taxpayers in some countries, to bail out the irresponsible governments of others.  Do you think the Greek government was foolish to make ridiculously unsustainable socialist promises to its people, who now respond to desperate austerity measures with violence in the streets?  Tough.  It doesn’t matter what you think, or how you live your life.  You’re still providing almost $7 billion of the funding for the $40 billion IMF bailout headed their way.  The man in charge of spreading that wealth around likes to stay in $3000 hotel suites, and makes heavy demands of room service.

America is right behind Greece, heading down the same path.  Our high government officials treat themselves to incredible luxuries, even as they insist we stop complaining and learn to accept the New Normal of 9% unemployment, sky-high fuel prices, rising inflation, and limitless national debt.  Why is anyone in the world surprised to learn an amoral leadership, which sustains its political power with class-warfare sanctimony, feels free to indulge all of its appetites?  A nation that wants honest leadership should demand its humility.  The best way to ensure leaders remain humble is to give them humble jobs.

Even the most debauched aristocrat of the past saw his appetites end, or at least slow down, at his national borders.  The new aristocracy has the entire globe to plunder.  A spot of legal bother with a peasant in New York can be resolved by a comfortable first-class fight to Europe.

Such an aristocracy is not shy about spending the peasants’ money to perpetuate itself.  France has an Environment Minister, who is concerned about the injury to France’s reputation that could result from the Strauss-Kahn arrest.  “As well as the alleged victim, the chambermaid, there is another sure victim: France,” she warned.  Sure, but unlike the chambermaid, France was asking for it.