There is an elementary aspiration which undergirds the humane impulse in our history and our culture and binds us together as political activists. This is a simple, irreducible, indisputable aspiration. It is the 'dream of justice' for a beloved community, in which the level of terror in people's lives is sharply reduced or maybe eliminated. It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
John McGee to Serve 44 Days Behind Bars
While conservatives like Bryan Fischer defend Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), and others, like Raul Labrador, stay silent (see the Jimmy Farris press release, To Labrador: “Do you agree with Rep. Akin?”)
... It is at least good to know that the Idaho courts took one young woman's claim about sexual harassment seriously.
From Boise Weekly:
Former Idaho State Sen. John McGee was led out of an Ada County courtroom in handcuffs this afternoon after he was sentenced to 90 days jail time by District Magistrate Judge James Cawthon. McGee pleaded guilty before Cawthon in February to charges stemming from a 2011 Father's Day drunken-driving incident.
McGee agreed that he was guilty of a disturbing the peace charge, which prosecutors say violated his one-year probation from the previous DUI conviction. McGee was accused of sexually harassing a Senate staffer at the Idaho Capitol while the senator was on still on probation for the previous charge.
Also in court, we learned more about what happened when McGee resigned amid those disturbing the peace allegations, according to Northwest Cable News:
Deputy prosecutor Jean Fisher says McGee cornered the 25-year-old assistant in his office and demanded graphic sexual conduct from her.
... McGee resigned from his position with West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell earlier this year. His attorney told the court that he is unemployed and looking for work.
McGee was also sentenced to an additional 44 days for violating the terms of probation stemming from a 2011 drunken driving conviction, but the judge said that could be served through community service.
John McGee was the fourth highest ranking Republican in the reddest of red states.
And he is where he is today - for one reason - because powers-that-be listened to and acted upon the report of one young woman, an Idaho State Senate attache.
What a stark contrast from the claims of a GOP senatorial candidate who obviously thinks that some whiny women and their claims of rape should placed at a lower importance.
It is a minor victory, but a victory nonetheless.