This week with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings has been exhausting. It’s dredged up very painful memories for a lot of people, myself included.
I’m just going to jump right in with both feet and state that I think women deserve a Supreme Court Justice who hasn’t been credibly accused of sexual assault. I don’t want to get into whether I think the man is guilty or not. The hearings are more comparable to a job interview than a trial. No one is trying to get him convicted or thrown into prison. I just don’t want him in a high, lifelong office with this shadow looming over him. I have difficulty believing he will rule unbiasedly in cases about sexual assault. Is it so hard to produce another nominee with a clean background?
I’m a moderate Democrat, but when I saw Kavanaugh introduced as the nominee, I honestly felt hopeful. He seemed like a genuinely good person. I was happy for him and his wife and daughters, as they stood on the podium looking so proud. I said a prayer that God would help him be a good Justice, and that he and his family would be protected. I was inclined to trust his personal views wouldn’t have much sway on how he interpreted the Constitution. I was inclined to believe he would do the best he could to be a fair and righteous judge. This is what I would expect of all the Justices, Democrat or Republican. But with these credible allegations hovering over everything….
A lot of people are asking if his whole life should be ruined because of something that may or may not have happened 30 years ago. Well, I don’t think that not getting a coveted job is the same as a ruined life. I have no desire to send the man hate mail or prevent him from working ever again. I just don’t want him to hold a lifelong office that will affect everybody. As far as what he and his family (and his accusers and their families) are going through now, having their reputations dragged through the mud, well, I am extremely sorry for everyone involved. I hate to think of what Kavanaugh’s wife and daughters are feeling right now during what should have been a time of pride and celebration for them.
This isn’t my political bias speaking. I was a Republican for most of my life and love and respect many people who disagree with me politically. I would truthfully be equally upset (perhaps more so) if Kavanaugh were a Democrat like me. I was shocked by the hypocrisy and called on Al Franken to resign from the Senate when he was credibly accused of groping and forcibly kissing women. I was relieved that John Conyers was pressured to resign after sexual harassment allegations. Every time a Democrat has been accused of harassment or assault, I have expected them to resign, and most of them were pressured or forced to do so by their party, at least in recent years. (I’m sure we can all think of obvious examples in the past where Democrats have turned a blind eye to sexual harassment when it suited them). I have never, to the best of my knowledge, supported a Democrat or Republican candidate who has been accused of sexual crimes. Not that I’m a mighty fortress of consistency. I’ve exhibited more than my fair share of bias-based behavior, but in the matter of sexual assault and harassment, I’ve held pretty steady, regardless of what side of the political fence I’ve been on.
A lot of people are saying this is about “evil Liberals who want to keep baby-killing legal” trying to protect abortion rights. To them I ask: Is Kavanaugh the only pro-lifer eligible for the Supreme Court? That can’t be the case. Why can’t the president just nominate someone else who hasn’t been credibly accused of crimes against women? I wouldn’t object to a nominee with a clean record, regardless of our differences. It’s part of being a good American and respecting the political process. I humbly ask you all to consider calling your senator to urge them to insist on another nominee —any other nominee. With at least one in five American women suffering sexual assault, this is a huge issue. I and my daughter deserve to have someone we don’t doubt will push for more laws to protect us in charge. Is that too much to ask?