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Response to Tatiana (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 24, 2017, 01:04 PM

12. Thank you!

In my opinion, even without the current list of Conyers's "mistakes," this should be his last term. And I do not base that on age alone, for there are individuals his age that can maintain the pace necessary to be effective representatives. Yet, most cannot.

Obviously, I can't speak for anyone but myself, but I find that it's better not to "judge" others when emotions run high. For that is risky enough an exercise, when the waters are calm. But I have always respected Malcolm X's approach, when he would inform an audience that he had lived in the gutter in his past life, before his transformation. Hence, the republican-types of his day could not run the same basic smear campaign against him, that we so often witness today. Had he tried to hide his past, or attempted to deny it, he would have been an open target. But by his identifying it, he used it to his advantage. In a very real sense, that self-recognition reminds me of what made Carl Jung particularly powerful in his field. But I ramble .....

Judging people as individuals is, for me, often distinct from judging if they are fit to serve as elected representatives. All people have flaws, as you note. The public's tendency to look for "super heroes" without faults is a childlike quality that does not transfer well to the adult realities we face today. But it makes sense to recognize, for example, that if a person actively cheats on their spouse -- supposedly their best friend -- they are likely to cheat on the rest of us in other circumstances. Thus, one can reasonably question if they are the best qualified person to serve as a representative.

If we take that same dynamic to the next level -- a person who has a low opinion of the opposite sex, that they use to excuse their abuse of, say women -- then they should not serve in any office. If a person sexually exploits children, they belong in jail, not in office. And if they deny, or attempt to justify, ill behaviors on their part, when it is obvious that they have committed such offenses, like Roy Moore, it is the public's duty to make sure they never win any election.

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