When President Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to the Supreme Court, I immediately felt sorry for him. I knew the fierce opposition he would face. And it wasn’t because of debate on his qualifications or merits to become a Justice. No, he had impeccable credentials. It was because there would be those who so desperately wanted the “balance of power” to stay either neutral or left-leaning, that they would stop at nothing to keep him from being confirmed. Even if that meant destroying his character, reputation, family, life.
I looked at his background, and it was obvious that he is qualified for the position. He is as solid a pick as you can find. Yet, I knew it would be horrible the challenges he would face, the accusations made, the harassment he and his family would have to endure. It made me wonder why he would sign up for it, if he had been properly prepared, and what kind of resolve he truly had. Because people would try to destroy him. And they certainly have.
And a potential Supreme Court Justice should be properly vetted. I believe he was. But when it became apparent that there could be no legitimate challenge to him professionally, we have seen him attacked personally. To the point that his life and reputation are, in his words, “totally and permanently destroyed.”
It is really a sad day. Because the man is of solid character. He has every appearance of a man of integrity, a family man, without a checkered past. One who is a gentleman and who is generous. In fact, a large group of women who know him professionally and personally, jointly signed a statement saying the same thing.
And that is what makes the accusations against him at the 11th hour all the harder to believe. Serious allegations should be taken seriously. They should be examined properly. Properly being the key word. If you look at the details of this week’s accusations objectively, I think you will find them hard to believe. A man who is a sexual predator as a teenager doesn’t usually go on to become a boy scout as an adult. The timing alone should make us suspicious. The fact that the democrats on the Judiciary Committee knew about this for weeks, and only unveiled them just ahead of the confirmation vote should be the biggest red flag.
I could unpack all of why I believe these allegations are false, but time and space prevent it. But basing your reason for considering a man unfit for office on a single allegation from one person, uncorroborated by another witness, from more than 35 years ago, with key details missing, and everyone she names as being present denying under oath that they were, is not wise.
It makes me wonder, along with Marc Thiessen, “How Much Evidence Do We Need to Destroy Someone?”
If we care about justice, about what is right, then we will want the truth to win out. Even if the truth conflicts with our own agenda. Right? Or have we reached a point in our society where our own desires are more important than doing what is right? I certainly hope not, but the events of this week do nothing to assuage my doubts.