I was watching Colbert with a friend one day when Colbert started roasting Brett Kavanaugh.
“I think they need to just leave dude alone man,” my friend said. “He made a mistake. We need to move on.”
I did my best to explain to him why I thought that sexual misconduct should disqualify Kavanaugh. Basically my argument was that no one was asking for Kavanaugh’s head on a platter. It’s not some kind of horrendous punishment to not allow someone to be a Supreme Court Justice. He can still have a life. He just can’t occupy one of the greatest seats of power in the world.
“No,” my friend said, “If it’s his destiny to be on the Supreme Court, nothing he did in the past should prevent him from fulfilling his destiny.”
It struck me that this was probably how Kavanaugh and his cronies saw it. Forget that he’s unfit for the job. It’s not important that he’s demonstrated moral deficiency. Don’t worry about the fact that he’ll be ruling on women’s right to control their own destinies. It’s his destiny. That’s all that matters.
As heavy as those things are, there is something that matters more. Perhaps it doesn’t matter more when we’re considering the fate of the world. It does matter more when we consider the quality of the world. Perhaps the world would be a much better place if we thought about this before everything we did.
“If I had done what he did,” I told my friend, “I would never aspire to be a Supreme Court Justice. Not because I don’t think I can’t do the job or because I don’t deserve it according to some cosmic balance of good and evil. I just think I have no business parading my face all over the news for her to see every day. There are more than 150 million women in this country. They should not have to wake up every day and see their rapist’s face reflected in mine whenever they turn on the TV.”
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