Recently, Laura McGann wrote an article on Vox.com about the recently deceased George H. W. Bush and how an assessment of his legacy needs to include the allegations that he groped eight woman over his career.
Honestly, my first reaction was to immediately jump to the defense of 41. And as I writing an email to McGann, I was ready to let loose with reasons why she was wrong.
But, you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men.
Be sure you’ve read McGann’s article (here’s the link again) so you get the full context of my message.
Here’s the text from my email:
1. You’re absolutely right, “Those we entrust with power need to use it for all of us.”
We all need to remember this and to hold powerful people accountable if they don’t.
2. In the case of Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, neither Kavanaugh nor Dr. Ford was credible.
From my observations, credibility was determined completely down partisan lines.
The Right found Kavanaugh credible believing in no way that he could have committed rape. The truth is Kavanaugh clearly lied during his confirmation hearing. Further to that, he is a crystal-clear example of how the Supreme Court is not an independent judiciary.
As an aside, is anyone truly convinced that this was the end of a bipartisan court? There were many talking heads bemoaning the fact that it was, but the truth is, it’s clearly not. Am I wrong in saying that most cases heard before the courts have been decided by party line? I don’t think so, but I digress.
Moving on, the Left found Dr. Ford credible even though her testimony before the committee was in no way clear nor coherent. Was Ford raped? I believe so, but she provided no clear evidence that it was Kavanaugh.
The truth is almost always found in the middle; but, you would never hear/read that in the news. It doesn’t make for good television or readership to have moderates discussing the news of the day.
3. George H.W. Bush did indeed do some of the things that he was accused of. His own apology proved as much—even if the so-called apology made excuses (and not good ones) for his behaviour.
To be honest, when I first read the title, my first thought was allegations without proof should not smear his legacy. But reading about the “apology” changed my mind about how he should be remembered. He was a war hero; a family man; and a leader who oversaw historically significant moments of not just the USA, but of the world.
What’s clear and sorrowful is he also needs to be remembered as a powerful man who treated women as second class citizens.
It was with a heavy heart, I wrote that last statement, but McGann was correct.
In the meantime, should McGann respond—I don’t expect she will as I’m sure she will inundated with emails both supportive and angry—I will be sure to publish her response.
Update December 25. 2018 – I am ashamed to say that I fell for an obvious click-bait article from a political hack. For the briefest of moments, I thought McGann was sincere, but then I realized that she was using both Bush’s death and the victims for her own purposes.
I pride myself on being a man who cannot be defined by political leanings, because quite frankly I don’t lean one way or the other. I also like to think I can see people’s true intentions and I missed them here.