When you write a lot of commentary on the passing political scene, you develop a certain amount of cynicism about the people who are running the country. You understand that so much of what happens in Washington is pure theater—the speeches, the hearings, the playing for the cameras—all designed to fire up the voting base and, most importantly, keep the campaign dollars flowing.
In other words, most everything you see and hear is bullshit. It means nothing at all, and to be honest I think that most of the time government officials, whether elected or appointed, don’t even believe the stuff that spews from their mouths. Implied in their deception, however, is the assumption that we the public are foolish enough to believe them—especially when we have a news media that seems dedicated to spreading the lies, so long as they come from liberal Democrats.
Even so, as many times as I’ve joked about this clown show, there are some things that go so far beyond the pale that they stir up a vicious anger that resides deep inside me—an anger reserved for the evil and the unjust, who should be ostracized from society rather than being allowed anywhere near its levers of power.
Such is the case in what has been happening to Brett Kavanaugh—a good man by any objective measure, who has devoted his entire life and his considerable talents to serving his country. An originalist judge who has exercised his jurisprudence based on a very simple concept—that the Constitution of the United States means what it says—he is now being smeared by the Democrat Party and their allies in the media because they see him as a mortal threat to their preferred method of pushing radical change through the courts, rather than through the elected legislature. Not content with simply misrepresenting Kavanugh’s judicial philosophy, though, they are attempting to destroy the man personally with allegations of sexual misconduct that are not only unsubstantiated, but have been actively refuted by the supposed witnesses to it.
This represents the complete demolition of the constitutional and social norms that are absolutely necessary to the functioning of our republic. Gone is the most basic article of faith in our system of laws—that a person is innocent until proven guilty, and that the burden of proof lies with the accuser and not the accused. Gone is the implicit understanding that while power shifts back and forth between political parties, elections are sacred—and that those who win the majority of the people get to implement the will of the people. And, perhaps most ominously, gone are the basic standards of what used to constitute good journalism—establishing the facts, corroborating them with reliable witnesses, and not running with explosive stories that could ruin lives and alter the course of a nation with nothing but innuendo to back them up.
In short, the very institutions on which we, as Americans, depend—a free press, an independent judiciary, a Congress that carries out the will of the people—are burning themselves to the ground, all in an effort to keep one man off the Supreme Court. And for what? To deny a president they hate his prerogative under the Constitution? To scuttle a nominee they see as a threat to their precious Roe v. Wade? To prove that they can?
Is any of that worth the destruction of our republic? Because that’s the direction we’re all headed if this is allowed to stand.
Chuck Grassley and the Senate Judiciary Committee have already allowed this farce to go on far too long. Every moment they allow further delays to the confirmation vote, they allow the Democrats and the media time to launch even more specious attacks. For the sake of Brett Kavanaugh and his family—and for the good of the country—the committee needs to vote.