Millions of Americans watched the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearing as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified about being sexually assaulted by him during High School.
Although the incident happened a long time ago, it challenges Judge Kavanaugh’s character and questions if he is the appropriate person to be appointed to the highest court in our country for life. Dr. Ford tried to make her allegations known when it was publicized that Judge Kavanaugh was on President Trump’s short list of candidates. She stated in her testimony that she felt it was her civic duty to let her truth about his character be known as she tried to remain anonymous. By the time she made it through the necessary channels to be heard, President Trump had already announced that Judge Kavanaugh was the Supreme Court nominee.
Supreme Court decisions are upheld by laws that impact future generations. That is why composed, fair, honorable, and unbiased people are sought after for this lifetime position. We have to wonder why Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment was being rushed through to confirmation with these outstanding accusations that were not fully investigated. One of the greatest privileges of a US President is to appoint a Supreme Court Justice for life. President Obama was blocked from doing this for over a year and never got the opportunity before he left office. Yet, President Trump, amidst personal controversy over his own election, leadership, and sexual misconduct, has appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch and now pushes the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh amidst more controversy.
Beyond the sexual assault charges by Dr. Ford that Judge Kavanaugh vehemently denies, his composure under pressure was clearly broken, his position was partisan and accusatory in an appointment that must uphold the law for all people regardless of political party, and his portrayal as a spoiled white privileged brat that is entitled to such an honor regardless of his behavior, leaves many questions about him being an appropriate Supreme Court Justice for the United States of America.
Moreover, the lives of Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are forever changed. Dr. Ford is a highly educated and credible witness who gave a believable testimony that won the hearts and sympathy of viewers around the world. She is being called a hero for her courage to come forward with her truth about someone whose position of power would affect the lives of Americans for generations to come. However, she has received death threats and had to move her family twice since coming forward. Judge Kavanaugh maintains that he was never at the parties, never drank in excess, was a model student, and his good name has been ruined with these accusations. Regardless of the outcome in his Supreme Court appointment, and regardless if the accusations are true, Judge Kavanaugh’s reputation, integrity, and truth is now questionable.
This is a moment in our American history that we will not forget. Are political agendas ruining a perfectly innocent man’s career and life? Or are political agendas overlooking a woman’s sexual assault and deeming such violations as insignificant? Either outcome has a historical impact on the current women’s movement that has vindicated many women who have experienced sexual misconduct by men in power positions.
A successful nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amidst these accusations without proper investigation will tell every woman in America that crimes against her do not matter. Politics are more important than any women’s rights and male white privilege rules in America regardless of justice. The only way to show that this is not so is to postpone the vote and have a proper investigation for this type of allegation. Meanwhile, even if he is found innocent of the accusations by Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh’s arrogant, biased, and angry disposition during his testimony is concerning and definitely a questionable disposition for an Honorable Supreme Court Justice.
More women are coming forward with their truth about being sexually violated. The #MeToo movement and accusations of sexual misconduct have brought down the careers of many seemingly untouchable and powerful men, bringing them into accountability. While some accusations are true, some men have been accused and lives destroyed in the court of public opinion before proper investigation. Therefore, is it possible that some men are being brought down unjustly? The proper investigation goes both ways; to confirm the victim’s truth or to vindicate the accused for a crime they did not commit.
The future outcomes and historical accounts will reside in the conversations we have today with our children. What will we tell our daughters in America, the land of the free, about their country, their worth, their potential, our leaders, our values, our morals, and trust in the American judicial system? What will we tell our sons about appropriate behavior, respect, and justice?
This historic appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, or not, will mark who we are as a country at this date in time because of the statement it will make to all women and the men who respect women. It is a historic stand that we will take for our daughters and their liberation from having to endure inappropriate sexual behavior without recourse. It is a historic moment for us to seek justice and truth over achieving political agendas. This truth must not be ignored if we are to ever take our country’s judicial system seriously.