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Thoughts about Kavanaugh.

October 10, 2018

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I went to Georgetown University about fifteen years before Kavanaugh. At that time Pat Buchanan was a student there.

I knew Pat and his family and many other boys from Bethesda and from Georgetown Prep.

They were Catholic, as was I.

They went to all boys schools, as did I.

I grew up on the streets of New York.

They were raised in an upper-middle-class suburban lifestyle.

I was used to the hardscrabble morality of poor communities.

I believed that my morals and those from poor neighborhoods like mine were more flexible (read lower) than those of the wealthier and more educated class.

When I arrived at the school in Washington, I was shocked at the rigidity with which many of the boys from Bethesda, Georgetown prep and places like that maintained the rituals of their religion and the ease with which they ignored its moral precepts.

On the streets, among the poor, it was usually the opposite. We tended to ignore most of the rituals and found the priests for the most part hypocrites, but we trembled in guilt whenever we transgressed some perceived moral principle or another.

It always surprised me how little guilt my fellow students at that time felt when harassing women students or in other forms of assaultive or drunken behavior.

On the ghetto streets, we tended to justify our male violence on perceived threats from the outside and found drunkenness to be something to ridicule.  Those students in Washington DC  that I encountered at the time seemed, more often than not, to focus their violence on women and others who they believed were weaker or below them and thought public drunkenness was an honorable pastime.

Their politics, as well as their conduct, were based on this approach to behavior and morality.

Brett Kavanaugh comes from that milieu.

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