Honor's End

Confirming Kavanaugh is a profound choice for American society.

Tomorrow - or today, depending on when you are reading this - Judge Brett Kavanaugh will have the most important day of his life: a day spent under the spotlights such as few will ever experience, hated in a way few Americans will ever be hated, and with higher stakes - a solid place in history, by becoming the new swing justice on the Supreme Court - than almost anyone could hope for.  One can only imagine how stressed he must be just now.

If he truly is a heretofore-lucky rapist, then a bit of stress is the least he deserves.  But if, as dozens of women have testified, he has only ever treated people with dignity and respect, then the best we can hope for him is the sleep of the just.

Unfortunately, as the Left has made crystal clear, the truth is entirely irrelevant.  Kavanaugh's accuser can't remember the location, day, or even the year of the alleged assault.  The only detail she can identify is three witnesses, who have sworn under oath that the incident she described never took place.  No D.A. in the country would dare present such flimsy, fact-free charges and any judge would laugh them out of the courtroom with prejudice.  Yet here we are, with his future hanging in a balance where reality doesn't even come into play.

Many others have written of the immense dangers we face if this kind of reprobate attack is allowed to succeed: are we now abandoning the core concept of "innocent until proven guilty," at least for whomever is politically unpopular - currently conservative white men, but subject to change at any time?  Will we find decent people even less willing to accept government positions than before, knowing that they will become the immediate target of acid lies from their political opponents trumpeted by a soulless, conscienceless media egging on the mob?  Or worse - will only leftists be willing to accept office, secure in the knowledge that their sins will be covered over, as deputy DNC chairman Keith Ellison is demonstrating right now?

Yes, all these things would inevitably mean the end of anything resembling what Americans generally think of as normal politics, instead presaging a return to the more historically common winner-takes-literally-all style of the Roman Empire.  For the younger set, ask yourselves: would you really want to live inside Game of Thrones?

But most of us will never be of sufficient prominence as to gain the ire of fact-averse media leftists.  For us, there's an even worse precedent that a ruined Kavanaugh would indicate.

Saint, Sinner, or Something Else?

We can all agree that we don't want a rapist on the Supreme Court.  As it happens, despite gross overuse of that word, nobody is accusing Judge Kavanaugh of rape.

What do his accusers claim took place?  One of them tells a sordid story of a drunken forcible fumble - potentially sexual assault, but not even involving nudity, much less rape.  Another accuser spins an even less appealing tale of indecent exposure on Kavanaugh's part, which would legally be only a misdemeanor at most.

Let's assume for one moment that contrary to all evidence, witnesses, and three decades of a blameless Kavanaugh life, these stories are entirely true.

These actions would be deeply wrong, but they are not felonies, certainly not convictable in court, and they took place when the accused was underage or close to it.

Are we defending the bad behavior of horny teenagers?  No, we are not, but that's not the question here.

The question is: Should such bad behavior of horny teenagers permanently destroy their lives, regardless of whether they have matured and lived uprightly as adults?

Obviously some sins cannot be forgiven, but we have a very detailed formal process involving courts, lawyers, juries, and above all evidence for deciding when that level of punishment is required.

Can each and every reader swear before God, or even Congress, that they never pushed a girl further than she really wanted to go, or maliciously led on a boy?  How about our parents, or our children?  Is this new feminist-dictated Kavanaugh standard truly what we want to start applying?

Bigotry Most Foul

Of course we don't want it at all.  What's more, the Left and their feminist allies quite openly don't expect it to apply to liberals.  At Judge Kavanaugh's hearing, he was ferociously questioned by Senator Cory Booker (D, NJ) - who, himself, once wrote a newspaper article detailing (and, to be fair, apologizing for) an incident in which he confessed to doing almost exactly what Judge Kavanaugh is accused of.  As he put it, he was guilty of "stealing second base" with the assistance of Demon Rum.  Nobody is calling for Sen. Booker to resign his office, because unlike Judge Kavanaugh, he toes the leftist line.

Presumably, Sen. Booker grew up, as most of us do; one imagines that he would never dream of copping an unwanted feel these days.  It seems that he actually feels regret for what he did and is grateful that it didn't destroy him.  His Senate web site tells us that he and Sen. Rand Paul have introduced the REDEEM act which would seal records of such offenses so that young people could go on with their lives.  Depending on the fine print, his own law might have made it illegal for Ms. Ford to bring up such a sealed indiscretion.

Even though Sen. Booker's leftist political positions are mostly reprehensible, his hypocrisy nauseating, and his political actions during the Kavanaugh hearings contemptible, we agree with the thrust of his law.  We would never call for him to pay such a heavy price for decades-old mistakes of this nature even though there can be no doubt that his confession validates the accusations.

In this, we agree with his leftist allies: his confessed misbehavior far back in the past, at an age when most people do things they regret, isn't relevant to the events of today.  We should concentrate on more current issues.  The problem is, they expect such a free pass to apply only to one side, and that's not how life works.

And they're now completely open about this un-American bigotry.  Listen to Sen. Mazie Hirono (D, HI) live on CNN:

Even before all of this happened, he had credibility issues in his testimony, three days of testimony," she told Tapper. "He's very outcome-driven in terms of how he views cases before him. And so I had issues with his credibility and how he went about things way before this even happened. [emphasis added]

What exactly do his court outcomes have to do with his guilt or innocence?  The odious Sen. Hirono couldn't be more clear: he's a conservative, so of course he is guilty regardless of evidence.  No doubt she considers her party executive Keith Ellison to be innocent regardless of evidence, because he's a leftist.

But she's so blinded by hatred and bias that she's missing something important.  The left would prefer to keep things as they've been for years, with sexual allegations wielded exclusively against conservatives while liberals are given a pass.  How's that working out for #MeToo?  Just about every major scalp claimed outside of politics has been a Democrat through and through.

Back in the old Cold War days, both the Russians and the Americans had enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world, but neither used them because they knew that, if they did, the other side would too, and then everybody would be dead.

For fifty years, the Democrats have thrown whatever dirty trick they could dream up at Republicans, secure in the knowledge that the Republicans were too pusillanimous to respond in kind.  That's how we came to use the term "evil party" for Democrats and "stupid party" for Republicans.

For those who have not noticed - Donald Trump is not that kind of Republican.  Haven't the Dems learned yet that his finger is already hovering over the (metaphorical) nuclear button where they are concerned?  Is this really the road they want to go down?

If it is - well, the current batch of Trump Republicans will likely respond in kind, just as any American president would have immediately launched our missiles once he knew the Russians' were en route.

The question is, will there be anything left of our politics when the dust settles?

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other Scragged.com articles by Petrarch or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments

Republicans have to relentlessly attack Keith Ellison as an abuser of women in campaign ads. The national Republican party has to insist he withdraw. There is a recent credible allegation of abuse against Ellison. Democrats must be forced to live by their own rules. Do they really care about women, or just about winning?

September 26, 2018 12:30 PM

"He's very outcome-driven in terms of how he views cases before him."

Hirono and her fellow lefties are quite familiar with that -- it's called 'the end justifies the means'.

September 26, 2018 5:30 PM

I agree with 99% of this article. I don't wish to sound like a pedant, but I must disagree with the comment in paragraph 13 that some sins cannot be forgiven. God welcomes repentance for all sins -- "Though your sins be scarlet, they shall be made white as snow" (if I remember the line aright. But maybe Petrarch is only talking about modern American politics. In that case, regretfully, he is spot-on.

September 26, 2018 6:02 PM

It seems like Democrat's master behind the curtain is Planned Parenthood. Along with Soros, it is obvious that they are engineering and funding this desperate attack weaponizing @me too. My assumption is that they fear that Kavanaugh will tilt the majority against Gosnell style late term abortions. Polls usually show that " abortion" and " right to choose" get favorable results while the term " late term abortion" doesn't. Late term is less defensible as terminating a " fetus" versus killing a " human" . But we know Planned Parenthood harvests organs and late term results in more usable ones. The trade must be lucrative or they wouldn't be fighting so hard to keep it out of the Supreme Court.

September 27, 2018 9:04 AM

@Kim Wallace - You r general proposition about the availability of forgiveness is correct, but there are exceptions.

Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

September 27, 2018 5:48 PM

Wow, that was fast... Here's Sen. Lindsay Graham proving that Petrarch was right.

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2018/09/27/grahams-warning-democrats-behavior-kavanaugh-circus-chilling/

To Dems: "If this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees.”

September 27, 2018 6:05 PM

Anti-Trump Latino Dem makes stunning reversal after Democrats’ performance at Kavanaugh hearing

https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/09/29/anti-trump-latino-dem-makes-stunning-reversal-after-democrats-performance-at-kavanaugh-hearing

What did Mendoza say?
He wrote:

I am a college-educated, suburban, first-generation Latino immigrant. I voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012. I find President Trump to lack the basic moral character that we should expect in our political leaders and did not consider, even for a moment, voting for him in 2016. After watching how Senate Democrats and the media handled the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, however, I will be voting Republican in 2018 and for Trump in 2020.

Mendoza explained that his family escaped a country that had just fell victim to a military coup, experiencing first hand “the devastation that comes to a society when men of power believe their political objectives so justified that they are willing to pursue them by any means necessary.”

During Thursday’s hearings, Mendoza saw “that same look in the eyes of Senate Democrats,” he said.

“The hearings made clear that the Democrats on the committee were not interested in pursuing the truth or respecting Christine Blasey Ford’s desire for anonymity. Instead, they simply sought to delay the vote in the hopes of winning the next election,” he wrote.

“If Kavanaugh’s reputation and Ford’s privacy had to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency, the committee Democrats were not going to let basic decency prevent them from using the courts as an alternative path to the political ends they cannot reach through legislation,” Mendoza explained.

The writer went on to say he believes both Ford and Kavanaugh, but stressed that what happened this week will have implications extending beyond the fight for Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court seat.

“That question is whether the politics of power, the politics by any means demonstrated by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, will be rewarded,” Mendoza wrote.

“If Democrats are allowed to delay this nomination and the elections in 2018 and 2020 benefit them, both Republicans and Democrats for a generation will have learned that the American people prefer to be ruled by tyrants that punish their enemies instead of representatives in a republic who adhere to the rule of law,” he said.

September 29, 2018 9:59 PM

What I don't understand is why remotely possible youthful Behavior is more important than the track record Kavanaugh has built over the last 20 or 25 years. Some people recognize that people change as they get older and hopefully proof as they learn more. Others, seem so embedded in the dark side of humanity, believe that one can never change.

I would bet that that not only are those who in this case that are trumpeting that once evil always evil because they are greatly in touch with humanity's Darkest Natures, but also have lobbied to spend billion on prison and inner city reform programs.

What does that really say about the social assassins?

October 11, 2018 7:57 AM

@ConcernedCitizensOfAmerica It says that there is no lie they won't tell, no smear they won't use to destroy someone they do not like. It isn't just judges, they wreck lives was further down the hierarchy.

Smears have been a favorite Democrat tactic for a long time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMJdDwQlcc8 is a video of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) detailing a political tactic called the "wrap-up smear" to reporters in 2017. I'm amazed that it took Mr. Trump to give Republicans enough spine to fight back.

October 12, 2018 9:54 AM
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