I don’t know what your week was like, but I am exhausted. Some of it was just life. And then there is the Justice Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford situation. I mentioned the other day how I miss discussing things with people since I left Facebook. I have so much I want to say about that situation.
One of the things that happened when I quit Facebook is I started spending more time looking for information on YouTube. I had never been much of a YouTube user before. I would use it from time to time, but not as a daily thing. So I started looking around and found people that interested me because they fed my mind – Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and Dave Rubin in particular. I like each of them for different reasons, but Ben Shapiro. Oh man. His razor sharp wit and insight. Love him. I also follow him on Twitter and often want to retweet a lot of what he tweets. (Update 2021 – I no longer trust Ben Shapiro due to his unwillingness to investigate the election fraud. I’ve also cooled on Dave Rubin for a variety of reasons.)
This morning before I got out of bed I told David I was thinking of going there. As in, broadening my blogging and touching what would be for me the third rail of blogging – culture and politics.
Part of the reason is I’m bored.
I am bored in the sense of never talking about anything big and culturally significant.
I’ve got all sorts of thoughts about all kinds of things that I’d like to write about because I’m a reader and analyzer. Like when I explained to my friends on Facebook two weeks before the 2016 election that I had come to the fairly confident conclusion that Donald Trump was going to win the election and explained why. (Michael Moore and I looked like Nostradamus.) It was actually viewing a video of him saying he believed Trump was going to win for the same reasons I thought Trump was going to win that convinced me I was right and led me to say something publicly. People thought I was nuts. (Until I wasn’t.)
So I told David this morning I thought about going where I “shouldn’t” go. Writing about culture – women, men, politics, marriage, education, etc.
So here’s my take on the Kavanaugh thing and I’d love to hear what you discern about the truth of the situation.
I watched the entire hearing in real time. I started at 9:45 a.m. and watched all of it, including the coverage afterwards until 11:00 p.m.
I think Dr. Ford believes what she is saying. I don’t think she is being purposefully deceptive but I also wouldn’t stake my life on that take. I wondered about her sincerity before I saw her testify, but I did find her somewhat believable. But there are way too many holes in her story. Something happened to her, but she did nothing to convince me it was Kavanaugh. It is also clear she is a troubled woman. (This is a very interesting article as are the comments with real stories.)
I also think she has been seriously used by her lawyers and the Democrats (which are basically one and the same). When she said she had no idea that the Senate Judiciary Committee had offered to go to California to meet with her due to her fear of flying, I jumped out of my chair and said, “WHAT?!?!?!??!?!” That was when I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt she was being used. She may have come forth to do her duty as a citizen as she said, but she is being used. Either her lawyers betrayed her trust three times with the three emails/letters that made the offer in order to make sure they/the Democrats got their public
hearing spectacle or she lied under oath when she said she didn’t know. I don’t think she lied. She seemed genuinely surprised by that information. Or else she’s a fantastic actress. Either way, that is a serious red flag.
The not flying thing has been written about by many people so I won’t elaborate on why that is a big red flag other than to say see my previous paragraph about dishonest lawyers.
The other big red flag for me came in the last five minutes of Mitchell questioning Ford. Mitchell explained how something like this should be done with the two of them in a room where Ford could just talk for a long time. What they were doing was just the opposite. So then Mitchell asked Ford if her lawyers or anyone else had suggested she undergo that more appropriate kind of questioning to get a more accurate picture of what happened. (I don’t remember the official name for it.) Ford said no. All she was advised to do was lawyer up and take a polygraph. A polygraph that is not admissible evidence in a federal court, but “sounds” like it makes someone so credible. If her lawyers really wanted an air-tight case against Kavanaugh, why not have Ford undergo the very best questioning she could that would be considered more legitimate than a polygraph? See my previous paragraph about dishonest lawyers.
Why has Ford not gone to file charges with the Maryland police? That is the legitimate place to start and the statute of limitations has not expired. See my previous paragraph about dishonest lawyers.
The last thing I could not reconcile was how spacey Ford was. My word. She has multiple degrees, including a Ph.D., and teaches at Stanford. And yet she seemed like she couldn’t process what was happening to her. Her eyes looked weird, she was disorganized, and she struggled to keep track of the basic things going on when everyone was treating her with the most delicate of kid gloves. I almost wondered if she was drugged to deal with the stress of what was happening. Again, something just seemed really off. I cannot imagine the amount of stress she felt and am certainly willing to attribute some of it to that. I’ve also read about sexual assault survivors and how their voice will change to a more childish tone, etc. so there’s that. But she just struck me as off in multiple ways. All the pieces did not fit together for me.
So those, for me, were the big red flags while I was watching it live. I found her more believable in real time than I thought I would, but the entire thing on her end is just off. I think her lawyers are snakes and I am firmly convinced she’s being used. I agree with Lindsey Graham that Dr. Ford is just as much a victim as Judge Kavanaugh or else she’s an incredible actress. (And I think Lindsey Graham expressed what MILLIONS of Americans have been feeling and are feeling even more now than when he went on his tirade.)
Other than pure politics, power, and hatred, I don’t see how they keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court unless the FBI finds something new. The idea that an accusation from 36 years ago with no corroborating evidence could take down a man who has an entire life of apparent integrity is CHILLING. I don’t care which side of the aisle you are on. No one should be able to destroy another person just based on an accusation. And, no, not even a claimed sexual assault is enough of a reason to deny someone their presumed innocence. You don’t make up for the past wrongs claimed by people in the #metoo movement by making Kavanaugh a scapegoat for every jerk or even criminal who has hurt a woman. That is the antithesis of everything America stands for.
If I had a son, I’d be scared spitless for what I see unfolding if this is allowed to happen to Kavanaugh. And not just a son. Your husband, brother, father, or friend could be accused of almost anything now by a woman and he is automatically assumed guilty because the accusation is coming from a woman. That is insanity. There are plenty of horrible and dishonest women. Being a woman does not make you an oracle of truth and righteousness any more than being a man makes you a depraved criminal who should always be assumed guilty. It’s madness to even contemplate going down this path.
I also seriously question the Democratic Party’s commitment to men. They are rapidly becoming the anti-men party with leaders such as the Senator from Hawaii telling men to “shut up.” Seriously? The Democratic Party has been commandeered by the most extreme elements, especially those who truly hate men and I DO mean HATE men, especially white men. I think they have way overplayed their hand with this situation.
My freshman year of college I was subject to sexual harassment. I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until many years later. I just thought of it as a guy who was a jerk and embarrassed me in my class. The professor thought that I was a willing participant but I was not. When she spoke up about it in class, I was MORTIFIED. But I was too naive to know what to do. It was a completely different time. Attitudes and communication were very different. But I can tell you in detail pretty much everything that happened including:
- the class it happened in (small and very specific – very few of them offered)
- the hall it was in
- where I was sitting
- where he was sitting
- his first and last name and what he looks like
- a very specific organization he was involved in on campus
- my instructor – can’t remember her name off the top of my head, but I can describe her in detail including a significant life event that had just happened in her life that fall and she was probably the only woman in that department teaching this class
- two other people in the class who witnessed it – a guy whose first name I remember and the name of the fraternity he was in and a woman whose first name I remember as well as the sorority she was in. I could describe both of them in detail physically so there is no doubt who they are.
All that and I remember almost nothing else about my freshman year classes. Nothing. Maybe if I looked at my calendar and grades more would come to me. (Yes, I’m a dork like Kavanaugh. I have all my calendars and such from that far back.) But I remember all those details. They are etched in my brain. This was the fall of 1985 so almost as long ago as the events in the headlines. I remember plenty of details and my harassment wasn’t even as “traumatic” as Ford claims hers to be.
I certainly hope we don’t continue to ruin a man’s life with no supporting details. I’m sorry for whatever happened to Dr. Ford and the obvious pain in her life. But I sincerely fear for our country if the Democrats are allowed to delay this to the point where Kavanaugh is destroyed. I sincerely fear for our country if the Republicans can’t find the intestinal fortitude to do what is right. People who can’t see how much is at stake in terms of our very existence as a constitutional republic are blind. Pure and simple. And, no, a sexual assault claim does not negate the incredible value of the way our legal system is set up. Period.
So I am angry. And I am stressed. I think there is a lot at stake here and it sickens me deeply that people cannot see it. We cannot become a country that is run by feelings. As Ben Shapiro says, “facts don’t care about your feelings.” We’re a constitutional republic that governs by truth and facts, not a democracy of mob rule based on feelings. If I hear one more person say we are a democracy, my head is going to explode. We are specifically and purposefully not a democracy. We’re a constitutional republic governed by the rule of law, if we can keep it. I hope we can. Or God help us all.