Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s present, not his past, caught up with him

Present-time arrogance is not a good or irrelevant trait
Present-time arrogance is not a good or irrelevant trait

In judging someone, is it still relevant today if he sexually assaulted a woman 36 years ago — and wasn’t even prosecuted for that? (If he would have, by now that would not be on his criminal record already.) Or is it only relevant to the victim, who got life for it without parole? (Ouch!)

Is it still relevant today if someone had an alcohol problem 35 years ago?

And that he assaulted men and sexually assaulted women when drunk?

And what if his track record since then has been perfect?

I can’t tell you. I wouldn’t know by what standard to go for this. But let’s say, for argument’s sake, that all these old things don’t count. Yet, there must be a condition for this. That it’s really only in the past.

But if one is today willing to lie about it, to pile lie upon lie, and gets aggressive about it (now without a drop of alcohol), then these issues cannot be forgotten.

Being violent and dishonest today revives the old flaws and lapses. They suddenly become very relevant. Even after a supposedly pristine time of decades since the earlier misdoings.

And even if one were “provoked” into anger, what one then says is still relevant. It cannot be taken from the record when in an angry mood one says that one’s friendliness and neutrality just came from withholding one’s opinion of anger and disdain but that one really loathes the others.

And this is how Judge Brett Kavanaugh revived his bad past. He showed that his youthful sins are completely relevant today. He has not learned any lesson from them. He just covers up, pretends and builds alibis.

Just like Trump, he makes conservatives look bad. And while there could be honorable reasons for someone to be so conservative that one would stop gay marriage and legal abortions if one could, in his case, we must assume that such insensitivity is rooted in the old callous soil too.

He’s not been disqualified for the job. He never really was eligible.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Holocaust survivors in The Netherlands, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Dutch Holocaust survivors. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. How ironic that he who had three times 90 for Dutch at his finals is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew. G-d definitely has a sense of humor. His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and LBCHLCH, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. His fields of attention are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine, Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized and exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation) and Veganism. Many of his posts will relate to current affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or to new insights that suddenly befell him. He always tries to bring a fresh perspective and to avoid boring you or wasting your time with the obvious, though original minds by necessity will be attacked by their contemporaries. In case you wonder - yes he's a bit dyslectic. He has moved - with his library. To sort this out will easily take half a year. Therefore, for the time being, no more 6 blog posts every week. But he expects to be back full force after Pesach 2019. Meanwhile, he feels that many of the hundreds of posts he wrote are worth (re)reading so that he's not really abandoning his readers. To send a personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click on Contact Me.
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