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Kavanaugh hearing is chance to examine standard of male behavior

Posted 6 October 2018 at 8:29 pm

Editor:

To me—in my opinion—Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was telling the truth. That said, why does that matter?

I was a teen in the fifties and sixties. After college, I taught grades 9-12 for 34 years. I had a fairly close look at teenagers for nearly fifty years. All teens do not feel entitled to harass and assault females against their will. If assaulting females is the yardstick, the notion that, “Boys will be boys” is bunk from my experience.  At any rate, they do not need to assume they will never be held accountable.

What Dr. Ford came forward with took enormous courage. And accountability is an issue here.

Though different in many ways, beyond all of what we know is the type of damage likely to be done to females and males should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court. After the Clarence Thomas fiasco, what standard of behavior—by males, toward females—would we be reinforcing in males by turning a blind eye to such disrespect?

When retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens weighs in on Kavanaugh’s fitness for office by saying he is lacking, we may need a time out—as Stevens says—“for the good of the Court.”

There are plenty of ostensibly pro-life justices who also believe the President is ultimately accountable on earth only to the impeachment process and separation of powers. Let someone familiar with the law—and less baggage—be chosen for the long-term good of the Republic.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Kent

Albion