A New Reality

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Rest up, we’re in for a big week.

The weekend is best summarized by a post I saw. I can’t vouch for the authenticity but I can say this echoes many of the sentiments I’m hearing from both right and moderate sides of the aisle.

The attitude of the left is clear. Last week classes at Yale Law School were cancelled: Yale Law School Cancels Classes So Students Can Protest .

People are getting engaged, sharing their stories and social media is facilitating this. Interesting times – this hasn’t been done before. The battle for hearts is minds is being played out online.

The position of women is interesting. Behavior was of another era, moderated and judged in a different time and frame of mind.

“Written by a fellow physician mom with her permission to share. Thought it was an interesting perspective.

“I have been wondering why I am so viscerally bothered by what is going on with Brett Kavanaugh.

1. On a very personal level. I was a part of the party scene in college. I drank to excess. I had black out nights. I was groped at frat parties. If advances were unwanted I pushed the person away and set personal boundaries. I chose to be a part of the party scene. Because of this I had fun and I have regrets. I have been assaulted and not raped. I could replay a scenario like what was described as very similar to things that happened when excessive drinking occurred in my own experiences. At the age of 25 I settled down and now my idea of excitement is Netflix and yoga pants. If any of my patients saw my behavior back then now, I could understand why they wouldn’t want me to care for them. I feel like being a physician is every bit as important as being a Supreme Court Justice. The decisions we make over the span of our careers could change the lives of thousands of people and their descendants for years to come. The same can be said for the Supreme Court or any other political office held. The thing is, being free of any poor choices in the past does not, and should not disqualify them. I chugged bankers club whiskey in a cornfield and peed behind a dumpster 25 years ago. But Friday I used tiny instruments to remove infected bony partitions from the ethmoid sinus a few millimeters away from the brain. Should I have a right to operate on humans despite my past? You are damn right I do. You know why? Because I spent 20 years educating myself and sacrificing countless hours hours to get there. I gave up so much to be good at what I do, to be confident enough in myself to put myself out there to care for people who put their lives in my hands. My hands are capable in spite of my weaknesses of the past. Character is built partially on learning from mistakes. Brett Kavanaugh has devoted his life to public service and the past 20 years of his life is the definition of integrity. He deserves this appointment.

2. I am against the weaponization of victimhood. Believing unequivocally the woman every single time no matter what is giving women power to take out anyone in their path. That is not equality. This radical position is not the answer to gender discrimination and victims rights. No one can even place Brett Kavanaugh and Ford IN THE SAME ROOM at a party that zero people recollect except for the woman making the accusations. If every single woman must be believed every single time, we all know there will be circumstances by which someone will use this power for selfish reasons. It sets women back so far. This is not breaking the glass ceiling. This is not justice. This is wrong. Feel free to share.””

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