March 2018 Jackman, Maine – A Microcosm of American Values?
Let me be clear; Mr. Kawczynski’s views of supporting human rights for some groups and not for others are deplorable. I applaud Jackman for firing Mr. Kawczynski because they claim his views do not reflect the values of Jackman, but there is the rub. If Kawczynski should be fired because he doesn’t support equality of human rights, views that do not reflect Jackman’s values, then Trump should be fired because his deplorable views on human rights do not reflect American values either, or do they?
Sen. Collins said; “I want everyone to know what a warm and welcoming community (Jackman) is, a community that welcomes everyone regardless of their race or their religion or any other factor”, but those last three words make all the difference and begs the question; “By what standard do we know what value a community or country places on human rights?”
The Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions shows Jackman voted against the human rights of same-sex couples to get married in 2012 by a margin of 66% to 34% (330 NO / 172 YES) and voted for Trump, whose deplorable racial views were well known before the election in 2016, by a margin of 76% to 24% (376 Trump / 121 Clinton).
Nationally the NY Times reports that Trump won the election by a margin of 57% to 43% electoral college votes (304 Trump / 227 Clinton) and the AP reports that the popular vote was 51% Clinton to 49% Trump (66 M Clinton / 63 M Trump). The voting records of Jackman and America bring into question the values both communities profess and the values both communities reveal through their respective votes.
Sen. Collins supported Jackman firing Kawczynski because he didn’t support human rights equally for every group and then voted to confirm former Kansas Gov. Brownback, “Trump’s anti-LGBTQ nominee for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom”. This position requires one to support religious freedom for the worlds various belief systems and insure that individual human rights are not violated. At his confirmation hearings Brownback refused to answer if there were any circumstances where religious freedom would NOT justify “criminalizing, imprisoning, or executing somebody based on their LGBT status”. Still the Senate vote resulted in a tie (broken by Pence) to confirm Brownback, a well-known religiously divisive nominee, to become America’s spokesperson for religious tolerance and human rights. So much for America supporting human rights!
Alan Caron commented that the harm done by people who do not support human rights such as Kawczynski and “many like-minded political leaders in Maine and Washington can hardly be calculated, but they are real and lasting.” In my opinion Washington’s lack of support for human rights have embolden people such as Kawczynski and State Rep. Lockman who do not support human rights to come out of the closet and show their un-American values.
Rep. Lockman, R-Amherst, opposes creating immigrant welcoming centers because they represent the “left’s war on whites.” Like Kawczynski, Lockman makes no apologies for the values he holds. Does this mean Lockman should be fired because his views don’t reflect Maine values?
I don’t know the answer to the fundamental questions I have raised but I can assure you that if we, as a people, do not align our professed values with our voting behavior, the country will return, if it hasn’t already, to the McCarthy era when one powerful politician was allowed to wreak havoc on anyone who opposed his values.
In the early 1950’s Sen. McCarthy was allowed to go on an unchecked witch hunt for anyone he thought might be a Communist or a leftist. During his reign of terror McCarthy destroyed the lives of hundreds of individuals. It seems no one had what it took to end the damage McCarthy was doing to the country until Joseph Welch, the lawyer defending the US Army against McCarthy’s frivolous accusations, confronted him with; “Until this moment, Senator, I think I have never really gauged your cruelty or your recklessness. At long last have you no sense of decency, sir?”
How long do we have to wait for someone to ask Washington politicians if they have enough decency to stop the carnage? How long do we have to wait for American’s to elect politicians who reflect their real values? Unfortunately the answer to the second question, based on election results, might be American’s already vote their true values. That, my friend, is a sad commentary on America.