Bill Cosby and Barak Obama
The other day, President Obama said he couldn’t revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Honor. But I’d humbly like to tell the president: “You ain’t powerless.”
I’m grateful Obama condemned Cosby’s crimes. He didn’t have to. It’s always tempting to change the subject when sexual violence comes up.
I think, however, the president copped out when he said “We do not have that mechanism,” a process to rescind the honor. But he isn’t powerless. He could propose or create such a mechanism.
Obama also said “There’s no precedent for revoking a medal.” But he isn’t powerless. He could setprecedent or at least try.
A solid old adage springs to mind: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
(An alternative: Obama could lean on Congressional Democrats to pass a resolution slamming Cosby. Toothless? Sure. But comforting to sex crimes victims? Absolutely.)
The other day, a 94 year old man was convicted of crimes that took place 50 years ago on another continent. There was probably no precedent for that either.
But he was a Nazi war criminal. And because of the horror of his crimes, extraordinary measures were taken to bring him to justice and bring consolation to at least a few of his victims.
So a president who faces no re-election pressures and who radically revamped the US health care system has considerable power here to ameliorate a bit of the harm done to Cosby’s victims by our archaic, predator-friendly laws.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.