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Has Kavanaugh confirmation made friendship taboo?

Newell Normand
October 10, 2018 - 2:48 am

Sitting at my desk, I was wondering where the greatest country in the world ends up over the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee.  The Congress that is controlled by one or the other party is inextricably linked to the destruction of friendship, civility and respect for one another.  We need not worry about blame, because we are all square in the middle of it. 

I recently read an article that highlights the low we have reached.   A Facebook corporate executive was sighted at Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.  Facebook employees were outraged, and an internal debate progressed within the company.   Up for discussion - whether this Facebook executive’s appearance at the hearing displayed a sign of insensitivity toward the “Me Too Movement.”  Company executives explained to employees that Judge Kavanaugh and the company executive have enjoyed a long-standing friendship that dates back to their years served in the Bush administration.  Further still, these two men stood in each other’s weddings.  They’re friends. 

What was the conclusion of the leaders of Facebook?  Mr. Zuckerberg said, “I wouldn’t have made the same decision, but the appearance didn’t violate Facebook policies.”

Really?  This speaks volumes about the character of this leader.  Since when is the support of a friend emblematic of being a problem for the company you work for?  It seems their response would have been the same, if Judge Kavanaugh had been his brother.   The sensitivities around the #MeToo trumps family?  Friends?  Common sense and all the notions of justice and fair play? 

Since when I ask?  Since people hold rallies.  Since people camp out on your front lawns.  Since people disrupt family time, work time and the enjoyment of the fruits of your labor.  Why are these mob rule, rude and obnoxious people given the latitude of this despicable behavior?   Have we moved to a society where a socio political issue is allowed to destroy civility, respect, family and friendship?  Have we become an America where expressing concern for a friend is taboo?  Where we are dared to show those awful notions of empathy, sympathy and support for a friend? 

I certainly hope not. 

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