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Over the past couple weeks, the hot topic – the only topic – up for discussion has been the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing during which he and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified under oath about the accusations Ford made against Kavanaugh of allegedly sexually assaulting her at a high school party 36 years ago.
These allegations were first brought to the attention of Ranking Member Diane Feinstein via a letter written by Ford in late July. In it, Ford describes her assault, her opposition to Kavanaugh being voted onto the Supreme Court bench, and her desire for her letter to remain confidential. Upon its reception, Senator Feinstein seemingly did not share its contents with her Democratic colleagues or the FBI or otherwise make any attempt to question Judge Kavanaugh under oath, in person or in private. Instead, she waited until the eve of the committee vote. Then, she went public with vague allegations regarding sexual misconduct by the nominee.
One might pose the questions: if the Democratic senators were as genuine as they claim to be, why wouldn’t they come forward sooner, when the FBI was still conducting Kavanaugh’s background check and while he was still undergoing the vetting process? If they really cared about finding the truth and respecting Ford’s request for anonymity, why wouldn’t they seek to investigate privately and immediately without turning the entire case into a media circus? I’ll tell you why. That was never their intention. The goal from the beginning was to delay the confirmation hearing until after the midterms, when Democrats hope to retake control of the House and the Senate. Then, they could hold the seat hostage until after the 2020 presidential elections. Leaking the letter to the press after six weeks ensured that Dr. Ford would feel pressure to come forward publicly and cause a national uproar at the last minute, halting the committee vote indefinitely. This is precisely the outcome they wanted.
If you are wondering why the Senate Democrats would choose this route if they truly cared about getting to the truth of these allegations, it is because they do not care about getting to the truth of these allegations. If you are wondering why the Senate Democrats would choose this route if they cared about victims of sexual assault, it is because they do not care about victims of sexual assault. This tactic of exploiting the victim by leaking her story and publicly parading her unsubstantiated, uncorroborated allegations as indisputable truth served one purpose. That purpose was stopping the confirmation of pro-life Judge Brett Kavanaugh by any means necessary.
In a nation built upon the individual right to due process, we are now being told that if we do not blindly believe a woman’s baseless accusations, we are rape-apologists. We are expected to cast “innocent until proven guilty” aside and allow a man’s life to be destroyed without any credible evidence and with the accuser’s own witnesses all disputing her claims. This is not just a job interview anymore. If Judge Kavanaugh is not voted through, we are setting the dangerous precedent that anyone’s life can be ruined anytime by a mere uncorroborated accusation. I don’t know what did or didn’t happen between Kavanaugh and Ford in the summer of 1982. Perhaps we never will. I do know that this hearing was a politically-charged spectacle. It goes against everything our founders believed in.