In ancient times back in 2018, Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court. There were immediate cries for Kavanaugh to withdraw from his nomination as sexual assault allegations by women such as Christine Blasey Ford came to the surface.
After an FBI investigation failed to discover enough evidence to corroborate Ford and other accusers’ stories, the reasons encouraging Kavanaugh to step down began to change. Instead of attacking Kavanaugh’s characters or past actions, media outlets such as NBC and Time’s Up encouraged Kavanaugh to resign because it was the right thing to do for the betterment of American people.
They made the argument that Kavanaugh needed to resign because guilty or not, there was too much toxicity from the public towards him stemming from the sexual assault allegations. Even if he was truly innocent, they claimed many Americans could never trust his judgement on the highest court in the land. They offered a compromise to their conservative countrymen to nominate a judge with a similar voting record in his place, who doesn’t carry the same controversial accusations.
It’s a compelling yet un-American idea. They were proposing that Kavanaugh should put his own ambitions and wellbeing aside to put 130 Million people (about half the voting age American population) at ease. They wanted him to put the community’s wants and needs before the individual’s.
The argument against Kavanaugh’s resigning for the above reasons are immediately apparent. If we allow the court of public opinion to take precedence over legal courts or FBI investigations, people can unjustly be prevented from achieving their hopes and dreams through their opponents’ disinformation campaigns. The United States has a precedence for this type of propaganda leading to discrimination: For instance, despite having done nothing wrong under the rule of law, Monica Lewinski was defamed so hard that she still has trouble finding regular employment.
With all of that said, there is a part of me that’s sympathetic to these calls for resignation made by media outlets. No one should be snubbed from advancing their career despite being proven innocent in the court of law, just because some people have a moral disagreement. That could, and has lead to racial or sexual discrimination in the past.
But Kavanaugh was in a unique position where the job he was nominated for required him to put his own wants, needs, philosophies, and opinions aside to interpret the constitutions as fairly as possible in order to “ensure the American people the promise of equal justice under law.” (per supremecourt.gov).
If the majority of Americans strongly believe that Kavanaugh is a criminal and crook, that directly damages the faith we have in the American legal system. And perhaps as a patriot, Kavanaugh should have recused himself from the Supreme Court position to promote American unity. As we saw with the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, there was much less pushback during her confirmation process even though her philosophies were similar to Kavanaugh, proving that policy disagreements did not have to be synonymous with mistrust in the person himself.
So what does Bill Gates have to do with any of this?
Well, Bill Gates’ stated aim is to help alleviate global poverty, famine, and most recently to protect the world from the dangers of COVID-19. Unfortunately for him, many of the very he’s trying to help strongly mistrust his philanthropic efforts, turning him into one of the most hated people on the planet.Perhaps the hate is unfounded, but today every time Bill Gates contributes his billions towards seemingly altruistic projects, the pushback is immense.
Gates became persona non grata through his heavy involvement in COVID vaccinations and development of contact-tracking technology. He has also faces localized backlash in places like India where he is seen by many as an ally to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (who has gone on a rampage against Muslims, Christians, and Jews) in a project many Indians feel is a death blow to small farmers. Even some of Gates’ own staffers have resigned in protest to his relationship with Modi, as outlined in the New York Times.
Just like Kavanaugh, Gates has never been convicted on any of these allegations. Therefore it would be unfair for us to stand in the way of his hopes and dreams when he is 100% innocent in the eyes of the law.
However, just like Kavanaugh, Gates’ stated aim is altruistic. His foundation’s mission is to “help all people lead healthy, productive lives”, not “create the best technology”. If Gates was as selfless as he presents himself to be, it shouldn’t matter who leads vaccination or poverty alleviation efforts, or whose name is on the cap table for Green Energy companies investments, as long as it happens in the best way possible.
It’s entirely possible that the conspiracy theories around gates are completely unfounded, and Gates is a once in a generation saint who donates his billions with the sole aim of bettering humanity. Perhaps the hate against Gates is a result of a Russian misinformation campaign or a coordinated media attack by Republicans who dislike his political allegiances.
Whatever the reason, the fact remains that a significant portion of the global population distrusts Bill Gates, getting in the way of his world saving efforts at every turn.
So if he truly wants to give people around the world the best chance at “leading healthy, productive lives”, he should resign from his post as Global Leader of the Fight Against COVID-19. He should also completely remove himself from the Gates Foundation’s philanthropic efforts and give his money to trusted third parties instead.
If Bill Gates’ top priority is to truly make the world a better place at any cost, this transition should be effortless. Of course doing such a thing would be immensely unfair to him personally, but it’s a small price to pay in order to remove the mistrust towards his helping hand, and change the world into a better place at a faster pace.