This day will live in infamy … and I am not referring to Dec. 7, 1941. September 27, 2018 will go down as the day America lost its respectability and sacrificed the reputation of a good man for the sake of political expediency. Respectable men and women stooped to dishonesty and surrendered their integrity to destroy an honorable man.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a conservative, appointed by President Trump to be the next Supreme Court Judge, replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy. Following confirmation hearings, and purposely released at the last hour, a letter came to light in which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford alleged Brett Kavanaugh guilty of sexual harassment while they were yet in high school. With that disclosure, the nomination was been put on hold, pending an FBI investigation.
There is, obviously, much that I could say about the entire debacle, but I would highlight two significant issues.
First of all, a foundational principle of American jurisprudence has been sacrificed in the interest of partisan politics. It is a cardinal right in every court of law: a man is innocent until proven guilty. No matter how guilty a man may seem to be, he is innocent until demonstrated otherwise. In this case, however, even before the spectacle of September 27, Democrats declared they believed Dr. Ford’s accusations, judged Brett Kavanaugh guilty, and called for the confirmation process to be suspended.
Secondly, I am dismayed by the sheer dishonesty of the entire conversation. Let no one believe that what we have here involves an interest in justice or a search for truth. Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford are but pawns in a massive effort to thwart an appointment that has left the liberals scared to death. Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote that President Trump’s selection “has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protection for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block.” That is the issue.
In the words of Senator Lindsay Graham, as stated during the Sept. 27 hearings, “If you wanted our FBI to investigate you could have come to us. What you wanted to do is destroy this guys life, hold the seat open, and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said it! Not I! Boy, you want power; God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham: that you knew about it, you held it! You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None! She’s as much a victim as you are.”
Frankly, I am convinced the current investigation being carried out by the FBI – at the request of Sen. Jeff Flake – will settle nothing. The opposition will not be satisfied with anything short of Kavanaugh’s destruction. Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted Friday, “Whatever they find doesn’t change the fact that Kavanaugh, especially after his performance yesterday, is the most dangerous Supreme Court pick of our lifetime.”
As of this writing none of us has a clue how the Brett Kavanaugh debacle is going to play out. What we do know is that America has been polarized, and those opposed to this nomination will yet mount a massive push to delay confirmation until at least after mid-term elections.
Sept. 27 was a day of infamy that will long be remembered as the day America was put to shame. We are a better people than this, and it is high time we begin acting like it!