Does anyone recall how the Democratic Party and feminist movement treated the many women who accused then President Bill Clinton of allegations of sexual impropriety? Does anyone recall the vitriolic role played by then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton? Am I the only one who believes that the enablers were at least as bad as the violator?
Does anyone else find Mrs. Clinton’s observations on the allegations of teenage sexual misconduct against current Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the reactions of the Democratic Party leaders who so successfully supported and protected Mr. Clinton not only incoherent but cynically hypocritical? Are they trustworthy defenders of women’s rights and safety or merely amoral Machiavellians?
If Judge Kavanaugh is indeed guilty of the conduct alleged, is his denial of culpability more indicative of unfitness for judicial office than the actions of which he is accused? And if he’s not, what does that say of his accusers, especially those who are merely political opportunists?
In this climate where truth is irrelevant as are purportedly sacred due process procedures for finding it, is finding the truth even meaningful? Is it relevant or does the maniacal quest for power “trump” everything else, the means become the ends and any means justified?
What are we as a people becoming? Is it really where we want to go? Do we have any options?
These are not rhetorical questions. Women need protection from sexual abuse, real protection, not just convenient political gamesmanship. The accused need protection from false accusations. And we need a just and efficient system for evaluating conflicting claims, not just within the judicial system but in every aspect of interpersonal interaction. The rhetorical arguments that truth is only relevant in judicial contexts being spouted by those who claim that due process ought not be required in political contexts seem insane, at least to me.
Truth should be the lubricant that promotes societal functionality at all levels but truth has seemingly become a relative irrelevance and those who today appear most responsible for this dysfunctionality are our political leaders and our major political parties.
Things to think about during a sad sidereal equinox.
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2018; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.
Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen). Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.