I just don’t get it

I came across a story in a newspaper earlier this week (the paper kind). It was on the front page below the fold. It said that a doctor in London, Ontario had been stripped of his license to practice medicine.

Of course, that is the end of the story. Here’s the rest.

The doctor was found guilty of sexual assault and then the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario stripped him of his license. The assaults took place two years ago. The doctor plead guilty at that time to three counts of assault.

The amazing part of this story is that it took the college two years to strip him of his license. As one medical malpractice lawyer said, “That is not timely justice.”

I write about this not because it is an isolated case. I write about it because you read stories like it almost every day. In many of those cases, the doctors are slapped on the wrist and are allowed to continue practicing after a fine or a short suspension.

It seems to me you don’t have to be a genius to realize that a doctor who abuses his privileges by sexually abusing his patients really has no business in the medical profession. Why does it continue?

I just don’t get it.

I just don’t get it (2)

Depending on what authority you believe, the United States has a population of somewhere between 318 million and 324 million, most of whom are citizens who were born in the country.

It seems to me that among that number are a lot of very smart, capable, charismatic, charming, knowledgeable, law-abiding, trustworthy, ambitious people with integrity. Of those who meet this criteria, it seems to me, there are better choices for president than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This should be self-evident. Without going into details (God knows all of the details are out there if you want to hear or read about them again), according to the polls, many, many people (maybe most) do not like either candidate.

So why is it that two people who are disliked by so many, for so many reasons have managed to become the flag-bearing candidates leading their parties in the coming election? Is it a flaw in the system that there are only two major parties in this fight? Are capable people afraid to run as it opens their life to such all-encompassing scrutiny? Is it too big a job for any one person?

I don’t have all the questions and I certainly don’t have all the answers, but it seems to me the United States can and should do better.

I just don’t get it.