After a contentious few weeks in a spectacle of a nomination hearing, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed as the newest Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by a 51-49 vote. The divisive and controversial process has left a wake of concerns. In particular, these hearings demonstrated how politicization and victimization can negatively impact not only the discourse, process, and results in the SCOTUS nomination, but more so the public perception of our political system and of the validity of sexual abuse claims.
Policies work best when they are fair, consistent, and well implemented. Politics work best when they are representative and support effective policy. Principles work best when they are applied to both policy and politics to ensure just outcomes. But when these three interface, we often have tensions and challenges. That has especially been the case in the recent decisions of the Trump Administration relating to separating children from adults crossing the border and also in the recent decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council. The following provides some perspective on each of these decisions in light of recent policy, political, and principle challenges.
Women make up about half of the world’s population. Women provide the majority of resources, support, and services to men, other women, children, elderly, disabled, and others in their care. Women serve countless hours in the home and in the marketplace. And there is no man, woman, or child in this world that did not start their life through a woman who conceived, carried, and delivered that person into the world. So why is it that women are still facing disparity, discrimination, and abuse in political, social, and economic terms? On this International Women’s Day, let us take a closer look at the questions of “why?” but also the question of “how?” women can achieve human rights worldwide.
For decades, It’s a Wonderful Life has been shown every Christmas season. Besides being an icon of America’s cinematic history, this movie offers us a historic perspective of how credit, both financial and social, intertwined before today’s computers and technology. Set on Christmas Eve of 1945, the plot relives the life of banker George Bailey about to commit suicide because some of the bank’s money has been inadvertently misplaced by his absent-minded uncle, which unfortunately occurs just before a government audit of his bank’s financial records is due, placing the bank’s continuance in peril. I won’t spoil the ending for those who haven’t seen the movie, but suffice to say, the movie delves into topics of vital consequence in today’s world of credit.
On Valentine’s Day 2018, my family was celebrating together at home and at our children’s schools. Cards, chocolates, flowers, and sentiments of love and affection abounded. But in the backdrop were news reports of the school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — such a stark contrast from the Valentine’s Day sentiments and such a terrible loss of 17 lives.