September 16, 2018, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, told The Washington Post that she had feared Kavanaugh “might inadvertently kill” her as he held her down and groped her while they were both high school students around 1982.”
Republicans give lip service to wanting to hear from Dr. Ford as they fervently hope she will choose not to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept.24th. And should damaging evidence become known they are likely to push for Kavanaugh’s withdrawal… though they certainly won’t admit it just yet.
As Donald Trump desperately dumps documents to deflect the disastrous debacle that is the Kavanaugh nomination, Americans should insist upon completion of the confirmation hearings.
Trump and his fellow Republicans must not sacrifice Kavanaugh at the altar to wash away the stench before the mid-term elections. Don’t kid yourselves, they may try to do this, their current protests notwithstanding.
It’s no longer about whether the ultra-conservative judge is qualified. Though mounting evidence and opinion suggest his hearings should not be continued. Our American system of jurisprudence is at a crossroads. More importantly, the moral development of young people is at stake.
High school rape is a sad and all too common deplorable fact. Kavanaugh’s hearing allows a national light to shine on this travesty that has been perpetrated for decades.
Should Kavanaugh disappear into a distant, discordant blot in the history books a great opportunity will be missed and a powerful negative message will be sent.
Conservative males threatened by the #MeToo movement will lay it at the doors of aggressive, partisan women who have been politically manipulated. Don’t disbelieve these men aren’t scared of or that they respect powerful women.
Even now, Republicans are opposed to The FBI reopening and reexamining its background check on Kavanaugh. Why?
Stopping the hearings will send a dangerous message to young men. If the investigation is dropped, with whatever justification is given, many male teens will see it as an unstated sentiment that illegal and immoral acts committed when young don’t really matter once “you’re a grown-up.” There may be repercussions — but they’re no big deal!
If Judge Kavanaugh did commit the alleged sexual predation, whether he can be prosecuted or not isn’t the issue. The ramifications of his high school behavior are what really count.
Young people of both sexes need to learn what is and isn’t socially acceptable behavior. I don’t suggest that we burden youth with feeling guilty about every little indiscretion. However, adults through teaching and modeling must help young people learn to discern the fine nuances of “messing up” and making mistakes vs engaging in immoral, dishonorable behavior.
Guilt is a terrible thing to live with unless you are a sociopath. Are any of us so pure that we have nothing upon which we can look back upon with some shame? I doubt it. And even if our youthful indiscretions border on the amoral and illegal guilt serves no purpose.
Self-acknowledgment will allow us to grow and get past our mistakes. We can determine how we want to live our lives as we move forward. That’s the human condition.
However, if young people see adults as duplicitous and willing to play with the rules to meet their ends, then they will never really learn right from wrong and we will not truly evolve as a society.
Kavanaugh, Trump, and Republicans can’t be let off the hook! American’s need to see justice played out. Young people, in this case, guys in particular, need to understand there are some boundaries that should never be crossed.
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Originally published on OpEdNews. Reprinted with permission of the author.
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