I would like to compare Irish revolutionary leader Gerry Adams, whose letter to the editor appeared in today's Boston Globe with Dr William Bulger, of Boston, Massachusetts, in regard to how each interacts with the law, regarding his brother.
In the letter from Mr Adams he admits that, having sought and received advice, he has supported his niece in her accusations against her father, his brother, with regard to child molestation. His first three paragraphs read:
When my niece, Aine Tyrell, made her allegations against her father - my brother Liam - in 1987, one of my family members accompanied her to social services, and the Royal Ulster Constabulary was informed.He admits he made mistakes in this long process, but he is clear that he was interested in supporting his niece and that he was interested in justice being done and his brother, Liam, admitting to what he had done.
When Aine came back to live in Ireland in the 1990s as an adult, I offered to go to the police with her, and I told her I would support her in whatever action she might decide. She told me she wanted Liam to admit what he had done. There commenced a very long and difficult process in which I tried to create the circumstance for him to do precisely what his daughter wanted. He failed to do so.
Moreover, when Aine decided to go back to the police three years ago, I went and made a statement to the police in support of her.
OK, not perfect, but pretty good, in a trying family situation.
Granted, Wikipedia is not the be-all and end-all of truth, justice and the American way, but here is part of their posting about Dr Bulger and his brother, James (aka Whitey), who is currently a fugitive from the law.
On June 19, 2003, he testified to a House about an incident in which, while still President of the Massachusetts State Senate, he "went to an arranged location in 1995 to take a call from his fugitive brother, apparently to avoid electronic eavesdropping. He said that accepting the call from the gangster without bothering to inform the FBI was 'in no way inconsistent with my devotion to my own responsibilities, my public responsibilities.'"Given his position as first a State Senator and then the President of the State Senate and then President of the University of Massachusetts System, I find his reluctance to be engaged in bringing justice to his brother James to be a dereliction of duty.
What kind of an example is he to other citizens and especially to our youth?
It discourages me that the Commonwealth's Republican Party was unwilling to go to the mat on this issue. It saddens me that the Commonwealth's Democratic Party was unwilling to call out one of its own over this.
Gerry Adams provides the much better example of a brother doing his duty to his brother and to his family and to his fellow citizens.
I hope that others have drawn a similar comparison based upon today's letter from Mr Gerry Adams, stand up guy.
Regards — Cliff