55% of GOP Say Sexual Assault Not Disqualifying for SCOTUS; What Is Wrong With Them? Juan Cole
What in the world is wrong with self-identified Republicans in the United States. I mean, look, I’m a historian and a world traveler. I get that different people have different ways of looking at the world, different norms and customs. It is to be expected.
But the blatant amorality of GOP voters, at least as they represent themselves in the polling, baffles me. Morality ought to be equally distributed across parties, like immorality. People are people.
But as Newsweek notes, an Economist/YouGov poll has found that 55% of Republicanshold that even if Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when he was in high school, that would not disqualify him from serving on the Supreme Court.
I’m glad to read this and am hopeful that a larger discussion might begin. Imagine if the MSM started talking about morality, ethics, and psychology as it relates to our actions as a nation.
I’m not all that impressed with Democrats: “71% of Democrats said that sexual assault is disqualifying. Are they more capable of ethical reasoning, or are they just being partisan and hoping the Democrats can keep their 5-4 majority on the court, which Kavanaugh would permanently throw out?”
Cole brings in a six-stage theory:
Lawrence Kohlberg, influenced by the Swiss child psychologist Piaget, put forward a 6-stage structural theory of children’s morality.
Stage 1. Obedience and Punishment Orientation.
Stage 2. Individualism and Exchange.
Stage 3. Good Interpersonal Relationships.
Stage 4. Maintaining the Social Order.
Stage 5. Social Contract and Individual Rights.
Stage 6: Universal Principles.
Cole explains all the stages and relates them to the Kavanaugh mess.
Still, at least the Dems are 16 percentage points higher, and Cole recognizes this and basically concludes with his opening question.
Here’s to seeing more discussion of how we decide things, how we justify our actions—anything to help us reflect more on our own behavior. Because doing so will only help us as individuals, as a nation, as a world and as a universe.