“The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not one hundred percent sure about what they know,” Grassley said. “But when individuals intentionally mislead the Committee, they divert Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations and materially impede our work.”
This is why one cannot simply and uncritically “believe the woman” (or anyone else, for that matter), as activists stridently chanted during the Kavanaugh hearings. Even good-faith allegations may still be in error – incorrectly remembered or simply mistaken. And then you get this sort of thing!
So, what ever happened to Christine Blasey Ford, after the Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (albeit on a narrowly party-line vote)? She appears to have dropped off the radar screen, and Legal Insurrection explains why:
“To her credit, she appears to be done with the entire thing and expresses no interest in making the destruction of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh her life’s work. Indeed, Ford’s lawyers have publicly stated that she does not wish to see Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh impeached nor does she want further investigation into her claims.”
If she were still advancing her allegations and pushing for his impeachment, you can bet she’d be all over the front pages! Since she’s not, she’s persona non grata. But it appears she has made her desires crystal-clear, through her lawyers: “She came forward, and she was heard. And now, she’s done.”
It remains to be seen whether the Democratic Party will honour those wishes. As the Legal Insurrection post also notes, “after all, everyone has to believe and support the ‘survivor’… until they say or do something rational, like give up on a lost battle.”
We have a new Justice on the Supreme Court! After a grueling and viciously partisan nomination battle, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as the newest Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: the only court mandated in the Constitution (which provided for others to be created by Congress). On this day, Saturday, October 6, 2018,
“Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice in a private ceremony Saturday just hours after the Senate voted to confirm him, solidifying conservative control of the highest court in the land for years to come and ending a bitter battle over his nomination.”
“The confirmation delivered a major win to President Donald Trump, who defended his embattled nominee when sexual assault accusations were leveled against him. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
“Kavanaugh’s confirmation was not just a chance for Republicans to shift the court to the right for what could be decades. It was also a test of how public officials responded to the raw emotions unleashed by the #MeToo movement amid accusations from Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teens. He said the incident never happened.
“That controversy will likely be scrutinized even further with the Nov. 6 midterm elections a month away, giving Democrats have a chance to take control of one or more chambers of Congress.”
Needless to say, this will provide considerable motivation for the Democratic base to get out to the polls for the 2018 midterm elections, just a month away on November 6th – but the conduct of Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee and elsewhere in Congress, as well as their supporters on the streets, will also galvanize the conservative base. It will be interesting, to say the least, to see how this plays out in November!
“Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as 114th Supreme Court justice Saturday, hours after the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm him. The quick swearing-in enables Kavanaugh to begin work immediately in advance of arguments at the court Tuesday.
“The court says Kavanaugh took the oath required by the Constitution and another for judges that is part of federal law in the same room where the justices meet for their private conferences. The 53-year-old justice’s wife, children and parents were in attendance.
“Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy administered the judicial one. Kavanaugh is replacing Kennedy on the bench and once served as his law clerk.”
I, personally, am convinced that – despite determined and actually despicable attempts by Democrats (who are becoming increasingly indistinguishable from the hard Left) to derail the nomination – the system worked as it should and the decision reached (albeit by a very small margin) in the Senate was the correct one.
Is now-Justice Kavanaugh perfect? Of course not! No human is. But was there any legitimate, verifiable reason to preclude him from being appointed to the Supreme Court? No, there was not.
And was Judge Kavanaugh qualified for the appointment? Eminently. The Democratic attempts to smear him and delay any appointments to the Supreme Court until after the elections (which they think and hope will gain them control of at least one House of Congress – as I say, we shall see about that!) were more than just wrong-headed; they were vile. And as for Christine Blasey Ford, her memories were disjointed and often contradictory; it seems clear to me that if she is not flat-out lying about what happened, she is mistaken as to the identity of her attacker.
“Nothing was as expected. A real rape had taken place but it wasn’t the one everyone was talking about. It was simultaneously a rape of Judge Kavanaugh, his family, and the American people themselves. The collateral damage was Dr. Ford, her friends, and her family. And the perpetrator was the Democratic Party, principally their Judiciary Committee members, their ranking member, and the minority leader.”
He is speaking metaphorically, of course; but the outcry over Kavanaugh was a travesty of justice; it was a gross abuse of Constitutional procedures (the Senate’s duty to give “advice and consent” for Presidential nominations); and if it had been allowed to succeed, it would have set a horrific precedent: one in which unsubstantiated, uncorroborated allegations would have become the new standard of “proof,” and anyone, anywhere, any time, could have their honor and integrity impugned, their personal and professional reputation besmirched, their family traumatized, and their life potentially ruined simply because someone chose to make such an allegation.
In light of this, what is really depressing about the vote is that only one – one! – Democratic Senator, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), crossed the line and voted for Kavanaugh. Every other Democrat in the Senate was either too ideologically blinded, or too frightened, to understand or appreciate how close we came to a very frightening outcome.
It was only this year – in fact, just before the primaries – that I finally did what I probably should have done years ago, and switched my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Thank God I did. I would have hated to have been associated in any way, shape, or form, with the circus we’ve seen the last few weeks. A member of one of my Facebook groups posted a comment by Aaron D. Wolf, contributor to the conservative Chronicles Magazine, who wrote,
“The worst mistake Republicans could make right now is to try to make friends with the Democrats or the media again. This is how conservatives always lose when they win — snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Forget restoring bi-partisan dignity to the Senate. Harris, Booker, Feinstein, et al. are revolutionaries. The media are revolutionaries who hate traditional morality and culture, foment chaos, disturb the peace, and want to replace the traditional American majority — white and black… Pass state laws that would garner ACLU suits that would challenge Roe in ways amenable to the jurisprudence of the SCOTUS majority. Also, build the wall. Give voters something worth voting for.”
I agree. I have always been a moderate, a conciliator, one who seeks to bring people together. But there is a time for conciliation, and there is a time for standing one’s ground; for standing for principle. This is that time. Just a few days ago, I had written in my personal journal, and then posted in another Facebook group, the following:
I think it is time – and well past time – that we stop calling today’s Leftists “liberals,” and call them what they are: radical extremists, neo-Marxist revolutionaries, who are utterly determined to pull down, not only what THEY see as “white male privilege” (it’s amazing how many women and people of color I interact with every day, who do NOT see it that way, at all), but everything they see as linked to it – up to and including American culture, society, system of government, jurisprudence, and everything else about it.
Christianity not least! And of course, this is just part of a larger assault on the West as a whole, and its history, heritage, and culture. We are in a war, even if it’s not a shooting one… yet. I pray it doesn’t come to that! But it may, if the lunacy of the Left continues to build. At least (to change metaphors slightly) the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh has put another finger in the dike. I pray it may hold!
“The Kavanaugh fight has been primarily a bitter contest among American elites. Kavanaugh, recall, is a Yale Law graduate, and a favorite of the Federalist Society. The men and women now being trained at Yale Law (and Harvard Law, and similar elite institutions) are going to be running the country. They and their allies in the elite media. This is hardly a controversial observation to make. What is now very clear — very clear — is that when they are in power, they will use it to crush people like me.”
In which thoughtful conservative, author the The Benedict Option, and avowed “Never Trumper” Rod Dreher admits that he is among those being “red-pilled” by the insanity and absurdity of the anti-Kavanaugh witch-hunt:
“[Christine Blasey Ford] has been playing a game with the Senate Judiciary Committee, trying to dictate the terms of her testimony. Yesterday [September 25th], when the Republicans on the committee designated a female veteran sex crimes prosecutor to conduct their questioning for them, she hollered foul. You would think that someone interested in getting to the truth of the matter would welcome that kind of questioner. But no, Blasey Ford’s reaction gave away the game. She wants to be interrogated by older Republican men, so the focus isn’t on what she says, but the identity of her questioners. It was never about a traumatized victim trying to bring the truth out. It was always about destroying Brett Kavanaugh by any means necessary…
“Again: this is not about getting at the truth. This Thursday event, from a left-wing perspective, is what we used to call a “show trial.” It is meant to illustrate a political verdict already reached…. If Amy Coney Barrett had been the nominee, the Left would be painting her as a gibbering religious fanatic bent on imposing Catholic sharia on America. This is as clear as clear can be now. There is no lie they will not tell, no smear they will not employ, to destroy Brett Kavanaugh. He is no longer, in their eyes, a human being, but a symbol of all they hate.
“I look at him, and what’s being done to him, and see my sons, and even my daughter. If they were nominated for a position like Kavanaugh’s, I would want them to have a fair hearing. I don’t think that’s possible any more in America, not for the kind of people identified by the cultural Left as the Enemy. And make no mistake, if my daughter grows up to be a believing Christian and a social conservative, she will be the Enemy, as sure as my sons will be. These cultural elites would eagerly destroy the character of my children, as well as myself and most of my friends, to pursue their political goals.”
“The friend of mine who knows Kavanaugh personally has always been a Never Trump Republican. He too is the product of an Ivy League education, and is part of the American elite, broadly speaking. Based on our conversation last night, this process has changed him. It has radicalized him. It has red-pilled him. It’s doing the same thing to me.
“I have no more trust in or affection for Donald Trump or the Republican Party than I did before the Kavanaugh hearings. In fact, if I had to choose, I would rather have the Democrats running economic and foreign policy than the Republicans these days. But I have been driven by the liberal elites into believing that whatever their sins and failings, the Republicans are the only thing standing between me (and people like me) and the destruction that these highly ideologized left-wing elites would happily wreak on us, for the sake of their idea of Justice.
“I have been a registered Independent since 2008, and do not like in any way, shape, or form Donald Trump and the GOP. But after what has happened, and continues to happen, to Kavanaugh, I genuinely fear the Democratic Party and the elites — especially the academic and media elites — who guide it. I am hearing from conservatives like me who have been alienated from the GOP because of its own fecklessness, and because of Donald Trump, who have been red-pilled by the Kavanaugh persecution, and who now intend to vote Republican purely out of self-protection, for as long as we can manage it.”
The graphic above, like the “red-pill” meme, is taken from the 1999 film The Matrix. In the film, the main character Neo is offered the choice between a red pill and a blue pill by rebel leader Morpheus (pictured), with the words of the caption. If nothing up to this point has accomplished it, it seems to me that the Kavanaugh hearings are offering that choice to many Americans, as they seem to have to Dreher and others:
A choice between comfortable illusions of a sunlit, rose-tinted Liberal utopia in which the buzzwords of the Left are dreamily realized, and everyone lives happily ever after in a secular paradise of “diversity,” “tolerance,” “multiculturalism,” and “equality” (all as defined by the Left, of course) – but with the shadow of the guillotine and the re-education camp looming behind the walls of the Matrix – or the grittier world of… well… reality. Of truth.
And the truth, unfortunately, is that the Democratic Party has been hijacked by the hard Left; they are in full SJW mode, and the issue is not truth – no matter how much they protest that it is – but power. This is how revolutions begin, folks: with attacks not only on traditional values, but on the very structures of society, of government, of jurisprudence. These are the neo-Jacobins, the neo-Bolsheviks, the neo-Red Guards.
As I have said before, if unsubstantiated allegations become the basis for destroying an individual’s personal and professional reputation, career, family – life – we are all at risk.
And as I have also said, more than once, as I watch the trajectory we seem to be on: I fear for my country.