Brett Kavanaugh is the United States Circuit Judge of the Court of Appeals for Washington D.C. He is the current nominee for the United States Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Christine Blasey Ford is a psychologist and professor of statistics at Palo Alto University.
These are some basic facts about two people who were otherwise anonymous to the public at large until the last few weeks or so. Which is why the public also never would’ve connected the two of them until Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed Ford’s name as an alleged sexual assault victim at the hands of Kavanaugh in 1982, when the two were both high school students in Maryland. She was 15, he was 17.
So far so good? Good. Because while it might seem that I’m belaboring some basic information, like names, job titles, and dates, it’s for a purpose, and that is to create a baseline of simple truth.
And the reason that a dumbing down of facts to such a rudimentary level is something we should consider important is because the public at large has become absolutely convinced that they know the truth about the accuser and the accused-even though they didn’t know who the fuck either of them were six weeks ago. And they’ll forget again, too, once Donald Trump tweets something outrageous or a Kardashian goes through a break-up and gets an ass implant adjustment.
To one group of people, Christine Blasey Ford is a liar and an opportunist who conveniently appeared at the 11th hour to prevent a Conservative judge from being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. And they also believe that Brett Kavanaugh is on a singular, white Jesus-appointed mission to strike-down Roe vs. Wade, which in their minds is the only moral issue that could conceivably be discussed or debated in the highest court in the land.
On the other side are those who are calling Kavanaugh a misogynist with a track record, a free-wheeling rape machine and a women’s rights abuser; his only objective is to walk door-to-door and force women to keep their fetuses and rape his way to the highest court in the land.
Here’s a unique thought: Is it possible you don’t know what you’re talking about? Maybe wait until they both testify? Maybe wait until the facts come out? Maybe have the sense of self to find hypocrisy in our willful negligence of facts in order to fit our pre-determined-but-baseless argument?
The Catholic Church still has a rape-load of victims of the priesthood coming out of the woodwork, but I haven’t heard a peep on the right suggesting that any of them were making it up, or that the victims were opportunists. If you think Ford is lying because she was tight-lipped about her accusations for 30 years, but don’t revile Catholic rape victims for the same reason, then you’re an ass hat and a hypocrite.
And similarly, the left, who fights tooth and nail to side with unarmed black people against white cops because they think it makes them a civil rights champion, but don’t afford Kavanaugh the same presumed innocence until all of the facts come out, are also ass hats and hypocrites.
But then, this will be old news 10 days from now. We’ll move on to the next headline, we’ll pick sides without so much as a critical thought of our own, or a self-inquiry as to ‘why.’ We’ll repeat refrains that were packaged and sold to us as mantras for some higher purpose that we haven’t fully evaluated. The right will blame it on the “Deep State” and shout “Fake news!” when they mean “I don’t like this.” The left will scream “resist!” and “racist!” when faced with a viewpoint that they swear they’re inclusive of, except when it’s the one they disagree with.
Or maybe not. Maybe this time, we’ll shut our mouths, listen to the facts, and wait to make a judgment regardless of what “side” it puts us on.