Monday
Sep242018

Alcoholism and the Supreme Court

Why do alcoholics typically get a free pass?  

In my mind, the most disturbing thing around Brett Kavanaugh's high school activities is not under any dispute:  His self declaired high school treasurer/founding of a "100 Kegs or bust" high school drinking club.   

Certainly encouraging youthful drunkenness may have been legal back in his youth with laws since changed*, but was it ever the right thing to be doing?   I don't know, but have a hard time imagining "yes, in this situation poisoning fellow youth with alcohol built a better community and hundreds of better lives" turns out to be the right answer.  

Certainly Kavanaugh appears to have improved his life despite alcohol, but what a dismal statement of his formative character.   His year book page speaks volumes about him as a young man, and not much of it hits at the character, qualification and integerty expected in a life time appointment to the supreme court.   His vulgar and insensitive yearbook seems particularly at odds with justice for all.   

Small miracle youths didn't die drunk after attending one of the many keg parties in Northern Bethesda MD.    As a job interview, his answers around his alcohol use appeared evasive and deflecting.  Am I the only one to see lifetime appointment to the court of a likely alcoholic as less than ideal?

Maybe.  My wife has complained to me about this post - that I'm being apathetic to women’s issues, sexual abuse and victim defamation.  My point: it doesn't matter if you believe he-said or she-said, the outline of a boozy character stain in all narratives is reason enough to look elsewhere.  This is a job interview for life. 

Conservatives want a court majority and that should not be denied.  The court seat should be filled without excess delay- the conservative majority has every right to make appointments as they see fit.   

This particular appointment might well go down smoothly and leave justice with a hangover.  

*my mistake, under 21 drinking was not legal in in 1983 MD.

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