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I Was Never A Fan of the “Circus” Anyways

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Brett Kavanaugh, now Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has (finally) been confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy who has retired. This confirmation process has been a complete “circus” from the start. Many Democrat Senators, like Chuck Schumer, had already decided they would be voting “no” the moment President Trump announced his nomination for the empty seat on the Court. Schumer said that he was going to fight the Kavanaugh nomination “with everything I’ve got” the very same day that President Trump named Kavanaugh as his nominee: how open-minded and tolerant of him. The Democrats’ failed attempt to delay the confirmation of Kavanaugh until midterm elections to possibly have the advantage in the Senate afterward is despicable. Having said this, to (1) secretly hold on to a letter from a woman accusing the then-nominee of sexual assault 30+ years ago at a party (in which she could not remember the basic details of); (2) leak the letter just before the vote to confirm Kavanaugh; (3) jump at any and all allegations as well as assume Kavanaugh’s guilt based on accusations with zero corroborated evidence – is outright disgusting.

It is incredible, and yet not surprising to me at all, that this turned into a man-hating, race-baiting, guilty by accusation, mob mentality of “believe all who accuse men of sexual assault or you hate women and love rapists” scam. This is exactly why I have major issues with the #MeToo movement; rather than sticking to the mission of giving all “survivors” a voice and the courage to speak up about their experiences, it turns into all who are accused are guilty because “Why would a woman lie about being raped?” The question I have when hearing this argument is, “Why do people do lots of bad things? For example, why do people commit crimes, cheat, kill people, etc.” It’s a terrible argument because the fact of the matter is, there are women who falsely accuse men of doing these horrible things. There have been men put away for years in prison doing time for a crime they did not commit in which they were falsely accused. Even if it is a low percentage, even if it is one out of a million who are falsely accused (which it is not), are we really willing to throw away due process and the essential principle of this nation that is ‘you are innocent until proven guilty’ just to appease those who are angry and hostile about this topic?

For the record, I am not downplaying sexual assault or sexual assault allegations at all. I firmly believe every accusation should be taken seriously and fairly for both parties involved. Senator Lindsey Graham (R – S.C) said it perfectly during the Kavanaugh hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as the entire country, when he explained how repulsively polarized we have become in politics. Senator Graham stated, “I voted for [Justices Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan, never thought twice about it. I could never imagine me engaging in anything like this to take them down.” He voted “yes” for both of Obama’s Supreme Court appointees, Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, who will serve a lifetime tenure unless they resign, retire, or are removed from office. To this day, there has never been a Supreme Court Justice removed from the court in the history of this nation. As I explained, these types of situations with zero corroborative evidence and people in power deeming we should all instantly believe those who make allegations against people; I agree completely with Senator Graham who stated on the Senate Judiciary floor, “This is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this crap.” I could not have said it better myself. Congratulations to the newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh. I hope for our nation’s sake, he will follow the Constitution and be a fair and honest Justice as many close to him as a judge have claimed he will be.