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Thursday, October 11, 2018

SALLY MORRIS:  MEN AND WOMEN IN AMERICA

The horrific confirmation process in the case of Brett Kavanaugh has given us a glimpse into a grim future for the people of our country.  


We have seen a man with a strong and positive public record nominated to the Supreme Court and then stood back to watch the carnage.  The plot to defame him was in place and in play even before anyone knew who that nominee would be. In fact, articles full of hate were prepared with the name left blank.  Even without this it was clear from the outset that Kavanaugh would not be given a reasonable process. No one knew, however (aside from the insiders, Schumer, Harris, Feinstein and others) how low their effort would sink to discredit Kavanaugh.   I will admit that Kavanaugh’s nomination was a bit of a disappointment to me - I had hoped for an outspoken defender of the Constitution, one who would give no quarter to improper “precedent”, one who would fearlessly defend our founding principals as set forth in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and while Kavanaugh has done a lot of things “right”, I still thought there were even better candidates out there.  


It could be expected that Democrats would not be easy on any nominee of Trump’s and no one thought it would be an easy ride for Kavanaugh.  All seemed quiet until the last weeks. Suddenly Senator Feinstein produced the “story” she had been sitting on for weeks - sexual misconduct.   And the feeding frenzy was on.


Here was the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, a psychiatrist, who said she had been sexually assaulted about 30-some years ago.  Just like Rodgers and Hart, though, she couldn’t remember “Where or When”. But she was “100% sure” that her attacker was Brett Kavanaugh, then a teenager.  She finally narrowed it down to 1982, when she was about 15 and he was 17.  


Kavanaugh who remembered no such thing, struck back with a vehement denial.  This made him look “mean” to the choir of harpies we have come to expect to show up for these events - his was called the “face of male rage”.  Immediately the bandwagon roared into action and every “#me too-er” in North America jumped on the running boards, some with stories of their own and some even tentatively involving Kavanaugh, some just hangers-on who wanted to get in on the roasting of a nominee to the Supreme Court, some who simply didn’t want to be left out.


Some of the most grotesque allegations spewed forth - he supposedly exposed himself in a flagrant manner; slammed a girl against a wall; he was a drunken monster.   One woman recalled that she had been to 10 of these frat parties where these unruly and aggressive boys would be lined up for their turns with some unfortunate, also drunken, girl.  One was inclined to ask why she was present at more than one . . . unless she was waiting for her turn. But, never mind. That story fell apart anyway. Just like the one about the woman who remembered that her daughter was friends with one of his many “victims”.   Then that woman came forward and said that no such thing ever happened.  Several professional women who had worked with him and/or dated him offered their experience - that Kavanaugh was always a gentleman in their company.  Yet Kirsten Gillibrand and some teammates said that he must be guilty of all of this because he had not asked the FBI to investigate him. One might have supposed he did not need an investigation to know what did or did not happen.  This idea is absurd.


The behavior he was alleged by Democrats to have indulged in was grotesque, obscene.  When confronted with these charges in the Senate and with the entire world watching, understandably he defended himself.  His outrage at these charges then was dubbed the vision of a mean and aggressive monster. Had he appeared passive in this, again, he would have been characterized as incapable of defending himself.  It was a re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trials those of us who are old enough to have learned anything about American history heard about in grade school.


As children we were sophisticated enough to have found this episode in our history both ridiculous and rather scary - an accused woman was dunked.  If she drowned she was innocent; if she survived she was a witch and needed to be burned at the stake. This is the way this “process” looked to the objective viewer.  


Hollywood personalities felt the need to share the spotlight by elbowing into the “#Me Too” campaign.  Lady Gaga opined that we should not expect an accuser to come forward with more than just the allegation - proof or evidence is unnecessary.  We might ask her if she would feel the same if someone alleged that she had sexually abused a 5-year-old boy at some hotel swimming pool. Should we need more than the accusation in that case?  Should she demand that someone come forward who saw this? If the child said she did it - even years later - we should, by her idea of a process, we should ensure that she takes the gaff like Kevin Spacey did, for one example.  (Now, I don’t think Spacey got due process either, by the way.) In other words we have abandoned the most basic principle of morality - the pesumption of innocence and the requirement that if we are going to punish someone we must find evidence and make a real case against him before we do.  


Can it be that people in our country have become so simple-minded that they don’t understand this?  Our education system has left them apparently so terribly stunted mentally that they not only have not learned this, but even their natural sense of logic has been derailed by it.  


At some point this entire process of confirming Kavanaugh became no longer about Kavanaugh or his preparation or fitness to be a Supreme Court Justice but rather whether we are a nation of laws and whether we have any requirement of proof, or whether a simple allegation is enough to punish a man.  


Kavanaugh vehemently denied all of these allegations of indecency and imposing on women.  No one has brought in any corroborating evidence against him, no one witnessed anything, Blasey Ford was even vague about when this occurred and where or how she got home after this alleged attack.  In the 36 years since this supposedly happened she never brought any complaint or accusation against him. If you were Kavanaugh, and you had not done this, would you be angry? Would you be forceful in your denial?  Or would you sit by while you were slandered, humiliating your family, seeing your reputation and career destroyed?


It is interesting that in none of the questioning, anyone got very interested at all in his judicial record or philosophy.  A couple of throw-away questions seemed to satisfy all curiosity on that accord.


Who won?  Who lost? Well, we could say that Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh won, although it was costly for Kavanaugh and his family.  Who lost? On the surface, at least, Democrats seemed to lose this round - the victim they brought us was not really believed and her story could not be sold to anyone but the SJW contingent of mindless haters.  But we all lost a great deal with this:


For starters, our children were fed a meal of moral terpitude and discussion of allegations that a judge exposed himself to women and was involved in gang-rape.  Is this going to produce stronger, more moral young people? Hardly likely.


Men have every reason to fear women.  There was a movie scene where Michael Caine was waiting for an elevator.  There were two doors which both opened simultaneously. In one was a beautiful woman, dressed to kill.  In the other was an intimidating-looking black man in a leather jacket and shades, with two Dobermans snarling.  Caine looks at the options and gets in the elevator with the Dobermans and the tough looking guy from the ‘hood. Is it healthy for men to fear women?  Some women think so - the Whoopi Goldbergs, the Lady Gagas, But is it really? Is it good for women?


Think about it.  Does this make women in the workplace a desireable circumstance?  Would men feel safer working with other men instead of women? What does this do for women’s professional futures?  


And what about men who would otherwise be interested in courting a woman for marriage and a family?  Well, that entirely natural impulse is likely to be impacted as well. Why would a man trust a woman on a date?  Might he, years hence, be accused of something terrible which he is unable to establish is a lie? What does that do for the demographics?  No more courting, no more weddings, no more trusting women alone in the same room with a man? What does this do for women who want to raise families?  Women, whether in the professional world or in the domestic world will find themselves tainted by the behavior of these SJW’s. Trust between men and women is destroyued.  This is neither a normal nor in any other way a desirable climate.


We need to ask ourselves what kind of person would allow himself to be nominated, or for that matter, to run for public office or in any other way stand out?  It is a guarantee that he will be crucified. Any man - particularly a Caucasian man - who would care about his wife and family might think twice before allowing himself to lead.  


And what of our time-honored founding prinical of assumption of innocence itself?  Our entire system of justice is founded upon this and without it we are left with chaos.  


Finally we need to consider what happens when we have trivialized a serious crime such as sexual assault.  We risk actual victims of sexual predators and criminals not being believed. That is the price of abandoning principles of due process as well.  No one should suffer this kind of abuse and no one should allege it or attach themselves to such an allegation absent evidence and a substantial and specific charge.


Therefore it became necessary to forget all about Kavanaugh’s qualifications or desirability on the bench.  It became necessary to ensure his confirmation solely to preserve the rule of law in our country.

The people will have to decide what they want for themselves and their children - mob rule, where hysterical people can accuse without proof and destroy others’ lives or the rule of law, where the accused has the right to a presumption of innocence, specificity of charges against him, a fair hearing, the right to his defense.  That is the question to consider this November. It is the supreme issue beside which all others, however, serious, fade in importance. Election of Democrats will ensure a continuation of the kind of display of mob rule we have seen the last few weeks. Those just inclined to want to bloody white men need to remember that when we abandon rule of law no one knows who will be next.


 

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