The news of the day is the Senate hearing for Christine Ford (who has accused Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school) and Brett Kavanaugh. This hearing will result in one of two results – either Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice or he is not. The lasting damage however, will be significant. If Dr. Ford was actually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and he is confirmed, she will not feel that justice was done, regardless of the statute of limitations. Equally importantly though, if her accounts are not truthful and Judge Kavanaugh is not confirmed, a good man’s career was ruined by a false accusation.
To listen to pundits on the left, to even state that Judge Kavanaugh may suffer from a false accusation is to be called sexist and misogynistic. Judge Kavanaugh, in the words of those who have already issued their judgement, is guilty by right of:
- His gender
- His race
- His conservative views
- Everything that any man has ever done to any woman in history, regardless of his connection to any specific grievances
There was a very good book that dealt with a very similar subject written in the last century. A poor, disadvantaged girl from a lower class family claimed rape by a strong, toxically masculine worker who entered her home and forcibly raped her. The jury in that book convicted the man of rape, but he was shot while trying to escape.
Today’s liberal pundits would cry “Justice was done!” upon hearing this story. This probably is even more true because the book was banned from many schools by the far left because it made people “uncomfortable”, and therefore is no longer required reading. That book was “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. The accused man was Tom Robinson, who lost more than his reputation, he lost his life as a result of the accusation. The accuser was Mayella Ewell, an unfortunate girl with a deeply troubled life, but a girl who was not, in fact, raped by the accused. The problem, for anyone who has read the book, was that Tom Robinson was accused of rape and convicted solely because he was African-American and his accuser was white. The protagonist, Atticus Finch, clearly proved Tom’s inability to have committed the crime and discredited Mayella Ewell’s false testimony in court. But today, we would expect Alyssa Milano and so many other stars to tweet #believeMayella, and #convictTomRobinson. The far left is willing to “Tom Robinson” Judge Kavanaugh and remove his nomination solely because he is white, male and conservative, regardless of the lack of any actual evidence that he committed a crime.
Not every accusation is valid simply because of the gender or race of the accuser and the accused. To adopt that set of standards as sufficient to ruin a person’s career is to ignore centuries of rule of law in the United States, but it seems that at least one political party is more than willing to do just that.