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Thinking of Concealing a Controversial Opinion? That’s an Exercise in Futility.

Most of us can relate to the feeling that we ought not to express our opinions.

This usually comes from holding a controversial opinion.

Here is one: Brett Kavanaugh lacks the temperament necessary to sit as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court and rule on cases that will affect our nation’s future life.

Of course, no one agrees with everyone on every issue, opinion, topic, or whatever else might be suggested.

That could lead to any opinion being deemed “controversial”.

Why would anyone – our parents, our teachers, our career counselors, or other advisors – tell us not to disclose our opinions?

They want us to get accepted to “good” (read: prestigious and of high academic rigor) schools, and to be hired for the jobs that we want.

Do they really think that no one will ever find out?!

In this age of internet ubiquity, that idea is pure fantasy.

Granted, we’re not officially living in an Orwellian, police surveillance state, but we’re close.

We have blogs, such as this one, and social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Instagram, Google+, and many, many more such sites.

The best we can do to protect ourselves from social and financial ruin to express controversial views politely and eloquently, and to research our statements.

After that, it is fantasy to imagine that one can both have a blog or other internet presence and not have it found out.

I keep this one to promote my books.

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My books are about social and political issues.

That pretty much means that expressing my views is what keeps this blog relevant.

This website includes my books, reviews of those books, my curriculum vitae, reviews of my work as an editor, and a list of the books that I have read as research.

The entire point of having this site is for this blog and everything else that is on it to be seen.

Brett Kavanaugh, sniffling and almost crying as he delivers his self-entitled, whiny statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018. Win McNamee/Getty Images

We are watching a liar with a likely case of alcoholism, a history of blackouts and a mental state of denial about them, and a possible rapist or at least attempted rapist apply for a job.

This is not just any job.

This is a job with a lifetime appointment, an annual paycheck that is currently set at $255,300, and the responsibility for adjudicating cases that will affect our rights for decades if not longer.

Brett Kavanaugh has shown a sense of entitlement to this job with his whiny, almost-crying, sniffling, grimacing statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the afternoon of Thursday, September 27, 2018.

Kavanaugh Said He Had ‘No Connections’ to Yale. He Was, in Fact, a Legacy Student

At least Saturday Night Live opened its season with some great comic relief, expertly delivered by Matt Damon, which highlighted all of the major points involved:

Kavanaugh liked beer, still likes beer, worked out at the gym with his friends, studied for high grades at Yale, and the upshot of this is that he feels entitled to the job he is applying for.

As Michael Che pointed out later in the show, during the Weekend Update segment, “If your dog might bite, I definitely won’t want to pet it.” Colin Jost, his co-anchor, noted that “you’re not really helping yourself in a drunken assault case when you yell about how much you like drinking and how strong you were at the time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee, by limiting Democrats to five minutes each to ask the nominee questions, has shown that it does not care about their views.

By doing that, the GOP senators have demonstrated a lack of integrity, a lack of ethics, and ultimately a lack of patriotism.

For a bit more relief delivered by thespians on video, here is Wednesday Addams, all grown up, turning the menacing behavior of sexist speech in public places back on her harassers, along with knowledge of the law of speech in public places:

It brings back memories of Murphy Brown in the early 1990s, walking to work past a construction site, getting hooted at by idiots, and then reappearing in the frame, jeering at that same fat, loudmouthed construction worker as she chases him back to his point of origin. I’m so glad that show is back on television!

Here is a controversial political cartoon by Canadian cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon.

It shows Justice getting symbolically raped by the white males of the U.S. Republican political party.

Here is my comment on it:

“Poignant. (Read the article to see why I put that particular word here.) Showing Justice getting symbolically sexually assaulted by a GOP, white male politician is precisely on point.”

‘Wow. I gasped, put my phone down…’: Cartoon inspired by Ford-Kavanaugh grips North America

His reason for drawing it is to point out the outrageous attitude of the GOP about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

To him, I want to say, “Thank you!”

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is a hero, as are those 2 women who cornered Senator Jeff Flake in an elevator at the U.S. Capitol.

‘Don’t Look Away From Me’ | Jeff Flake is confronted by sexual assault survivors | The New York Times

The transparency that they triggered forced him to demand some modicum of an F.B.I. investigation into Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct.

If Jeff Flake hadn’t asked for that investigation, any effort he made in the future as he moves on to the next phase of his career would have been tainted with the impression that he didn’t care about women’s rights, safety, or any other aspect of our lives.

Here is a piece from The Huffington Post. It’s about human interactions, and it shows the hypocritical attitude of Senator Lindsey Graham:

“I heard every disgusting word that Sen. Graham said then ― that Dr. Ford wasn’t credible because she had waited so long to come forward. That he wouldn’t consider the merits of the claim because he disagreed with the process by which her story had not been shared earlier with the committee. But what hit me hardest was his assertion that we shouldn’t believe Dr. Ford because she couldn’t recall the exact date or location of the assault.

I couldn’t keep quiet on that. When Sen. Graham broke free from the press gaggle, I told him that I had been raped 13 years ago and that I didn’t know the exact date. Would he believe me despite that?

Graham’s callous response was to say that he was sorry but that I needed to go to the police.”

I Told Sen. Lindsey Graham I’d Been Raped. His Response Was Telling.

The GOP senators are determined to push Kavanaugh’s nomination through regardless of whatever the F.B.I. uncovers within the next week, and to stop that probe whether it finds more dirt or not.

This is unethical, and they don’t care.

Any objections from the Democrats, and the GOP males shriek, reflexively, that the Democrats don’t want to make America great again.

If “great” means with advantages heavily weighted in favor of white males, as our society was blatantly aligned before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, before Roe v. Wade in 1973, and a plethora of other legal changes that should keep on coming rather than be undone, then yes, we don’t want that to happen.

That idea is not “great”.

That is a travesty.

I intend to incite controversy over this, and outrage from anyone who disagrees with my rejection of MAGA.

Let’s make America equal and just for all, as in our Pledge to the Flag. And get that “under God” bit out! (I never say it, and I won’t.)

It was added in 1954 by a GOP politician from Michigan, whose name was Homer S. Ferguson:

He introduced the Senate version of the bill that inserted “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. Michigan’s 17th congressional district United States House of Representatives Republican Charles G. Oakman had previously introduced a House version. The bill became law on Flag Day, June 14, 1954.

We should have a separation of religion and state, not a merging of them.

No particular brand of religion should take precedence over any other, and no brand of religion at all should ever be mixed with or come ahead of the law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If stating my position on this matter risks offending others, whoever they may be, in order to contribute to the effort to stop this abomination in progress, it’s worth the effort.

1 comment to Thinking of Concealing a Controversial Opinion? That’s an Exercise in Futility.

  • Mark Conte

    What was different about America is that after every election, no matter how fierce the debate between each presidential candidate, they would support the candidate that won. This will never happen again and it is only a matter of time when getting your man in is more important than keeping the constitution and the American way of life.

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