None of these accusers or bandwagon jumpers want Kavanaugh to defend himself. They want him to ruin him. We say we want the truth, but rumors have no bearing on the truth. If you want privacy, do not accuse. If you want truth, attach your name to it.
We make sure the adolescent girls are raped no more than once or maybe twice a week. That way they can recover. As for the boys, we put them in the secure housing unit only when necessary.
The Charlottesville battle occurred one year ago this weekend. I’m not sure anyone believes that confrontation will be the last one.
In this whole sad chain, it takes only one person to say “No, I’m not going to do this.” One person can stop the whole train. We are not at the point where secret police take you out back to shoot you if you refuse to go along, but school districts fire people for far less. If this train keeps rolling, we may wonder why we did not try to stop it when we could.
The administrative state creates horrific procedures and places, places where people suffer, and pretends that’s just how it has to be. That is exactly the way officials who justify the practices talk about them: that is how it has to be.
When you demonstrate your ability to mistreat people who come to you for help because they have no protection, you turn laws on their head. Laws no longer protect the weak from you, or from others with power. Instead, you use the law to make the weak suffer.
To end with a last observation about Gina Haspel. I expect that if I had lunch with her, I would leave with the impression she is a kind, dedicated, and thoughtful woman.
The exaggerated, grievously mistaken threat estimates that justify one use of lethal force after another result from poorly prepared police officers who treat too many situations like battlefield survival decisions. A gross mismatch exists between their mental state, and their actual environment out in neighborhoods.
They pretend to stand for diversity and what they call marginalized groups, but in fact they stand for no more than what you see in front of you: force. If you do not do as they say, the gangs will destroy you. Gangs at Reed demonstrated they can get their way, and destroy the college, the college’s president, and the college’s ideals in the process.
Police unions that protect reckless members, who exploit their positions of authority to commit crimes, cannot honestly think that policy protects their membership as a whole. Police officers that value integrity of their profession must move to replace union and department leaders who betray and dishonor every one of them.
Consider notes on three policy areas we have had on our minds recently: gun control, health care, and international trade.
Since Columbine we have made changes in the high school environment that we hoped would prevent future massacres. No one would say they have worked.