September 28, 2018 Editor

The Kavanaugh Hearings

The Kavanaugh Hearings

by John Graham

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WN: This is very wise commentary — thanks to one of my nieces for sending it our way.

Of course, the issue is far greater: ultimate American Empire privilege in a world designed and brutally buttressed to be its oyster. No one in the American political system is exempt, although many are spectacularly blind, or else, as stated in the article:

The world is theirs for the taking and their assumption is that only a fool would not walk through that open door.

The fact is: American Geopolitical Exceptionalism is White Male Exceptionalism writ large.

Some are comparing Dr. Ford’s talk to that by Michelle Obama in her Trump takedown in fall 2016. But Obama spoke from within American geopolitical exceptionalism, whose husband though Black not only disrespected the women of the Planet — if in the way of American will to power and consequent economic dominance — he brazenly prosecuted wars and drone strikes (just for starters) that caused exponentially greater suffering through mass murder and maiming of women and their children the world over. That is what former President Obama stood for, what his wife was utterly blind to; party to in fact “White Male Exceptionalism” in its display on the World Stage. I reflect on this in an “Open Letter to Michelle Obama“.

As far as it goes, the article highlighted below is telling.1


Looking at Brett Kavanagh, I think we’re seeing way more than a young, privileged lout who couldn’t hold his liquor and who’d never been taught respect for women. These Senate hearings call attention to the entire system of white male patriarchy and privilege in this country that is blind not only to assaults on women, but to the toxic effects of vicious inequalities in this country, the failure to spend enough on public goods, and a political system made dysfunctional by unchecked infusions of money.

So as you watch the Senate committee deal with the Kavanaugh nomination, don’t get caught in thinking that this is a simple “he said she said” conundrum. It’s way more than that. It’s about whether or not this country will continue to elevate to the highest offices in the land the scions and beneficiaries of a badly broken system. Men who have always had their way with money, power — and women.

I used to call myself “just right of center” politically. No more. The Kavanaugh nomination has now publicly become the culture clash it always was and I know whose side I’m on. We can’t allow a white, patriarchal, self-serving elite to continue to have its way at the expense not just of women but of the common good. The November elections are the next chance to strike a blow, but it’s going to take more than one election to do that. It will take a steady, courageous national recommitment to common purpose.

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  1. This article is also significant with reference to Kavanaugh’s truth-telling: “We were Brett Kavanaugh’s drinking buddies. We don’t think he should be confirmed.” But since when does truth-telling matter to higher echelons of political power and law? Please also see: “I Went to Georgetown Prep and Knew Mark Judge—and I Believe Christine Blasey Ford“, and “Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied His Way Onto the Supreme Court. Finally, you may wish to send this fine appeal to your CONSERVATIVE EVANGELICAL FRIENDS: “Conservative Christian, the Voting Booth Can Be Your Confessional and Nobody Needs to Know“. In it we read:

    Forgive me America, for I have sinned. Like Adam and Eve in the Garden, I fell victim to a grand scheme. I was made to feel it was my duty to walk in lock step with the political party that has hijacked the Christian narrative. They forced me to believe that there is only one way to vote and still be in the good graces of the church. I have helped elect the most unholy leader imaginable. Secretly, I cringe when he publicly attacks and belittles other world leaders and even many of the people he was entrusted to serve. I feel ashamed that my support of him puts me on the same team with the most racist, bigoted, and hate-filled segment of our society. My heart aches when I think of how his policies have separated thousands of immigrant families, placing their children in concentration camps along our borders. I tremble when I think of how he has mocked the efforts of peaceful demonstrators to bring attention to the fact that millions of Americans continue to be frightened and marginalized because of the color of their skin. I hang my head when I realize that, through my support, I helped push through a man to the highest court in the land even as we watched him tell lie after lie in front of Congress. I don’t feel able to publicly admit my sins, so I walk around with a heavy burden as my nation rips apart at the seams.[]

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

Always appreciate constructive feedback! Thanks.