Post by Kevrob
The fatal traffic accident Laura Bush caused is something
any inexperienced driver, and a lot of experienced ones,
might have been involved in.
That might be.
I was referring to an earlier post of mine, about a famous science-fiction
short story - The Jigsaw Man, by Larry Niven.
I am on record as commenting on it as follows:
While I understand that the story was intended to make one feel sympathetic
to the protagonist, and horrified at the future society which it depicted, I
have to confess it failed to engage my emotions.
Running red lights, or otherwise committing moving violations in a motor
vehicle, places the lives of other people at risk. If the law, in a
democratic society with a free press and free elections, decrees that the
penalty for such acts is the death penalty, followed by involuntary organ
donation, that may be harsh - but it's unclear to me that it's violative of
people's fundamental rights.
Pedestrians, passengers, and responsible motorists don't want to be killed
and injured in automobile accidents caused by careless drivers. If they as
voters decide that they want to strongly deter careless driving, and also
recover the costs of careless driving from those responsible, rather than
leaving them with the victims, that is not unreasonable.
So, given that the protagonist was well aware there were strict laws against
improper driving, I can't really sympathize much with his predicament, nor
with his irresponsible action of destroying transplant organs that have
condemned innocent people to death.
Of course, when Laura Bush had her accident, we did not have a system in
place. And, for that matter, that she wasn't prosecuted under existing laws
may not be that unreasonable - it may not have been possible to prove that
she missed seeing the stop sign due to culpable negligence on her part, or
deliberately ignored it.
Of course, murder just makes one a common criminal. Sexual assault, in my
books, makes one a Nazi war criminal.
If the Democrats staged the whole thing, with a coached witness perjuring
herself while giving an Oscar-worthy performance, that would be one thing.
If it was somehow an error in memory, despite her neuroscience on the stand
being sound... although she really should have said "indelible _from_ the
hippocampus", as some coverage has noted, the hippocampus helps form
memories, but it doesn't store them... he would have been innocent too.
While I am not a consistent liberal politically - I was a hawkish Cold
Warrior during that time, and today I think the national-security challenges
of both Russia and China must be taken seriously - in this case, I think the
liberals have it right. The Republicans want to get their conservative
appointee on the Supreme Court before the midterms, and the ordeal of
Christine Blasey Ford is as nothing to them compared to that.
For the women of America to stand up and vote on the basis that the
Republican Party, virtually as a whole, has proven itself not to care for
women... is an appropriate response, and an appropriate price, for such
This is not to say that I trust the Democratic Party to run America as a
one-party state. Like the Republicans, although not to nearly the same
degree, they've let the more extreme party faithful control their agenda and
select their Presidential candidates. If there's a structural weakness in
the American political system as it exists at present that is leading to
this, it needs to be corrected, so that instead both parties will do what is
rational for their electoral chances - gravitate towards the middle of the
road, to broadly appeal to as many Americans as possible.
I expect that after being duly chastened, the Republican party can repair
itself, and turn from being the party of Trump, or the party of Sarah Palin,
or the party of Richard Nixon... back to being the party of, say,