After having observed, some might say, “being subjected to,” the Kavanaugh nomination process for several weeks, I have concluded that this entire fiasco could be summed up succinctly in one word. It is not just about Kavanaugh, himself. I submit, it’s much broader and more sinister than that.
What is the word? Care to guess? Is it sexual assault? No, that’s two words. Abortion? No, but close. Give up? It’s power. P O W E R! The “power elite,” which consists mostly, but, to be fair, not entirely, of Dems, had it; they expected to keep it in 2016; they lost it unexpectedly and, in their opinion, dishonestly; and they want it back. They want it back badly and at any and all costs.
The PE includes many politicians, government officials and members of the media. The media, which is supposed to be fair and impartial, has been an aider and abettor. Again, not all of the media. Probably, about 90%. Conspiracy theory? Perhaps, but in my opinion, not. In my view, their attitude is let us run the country; we know better than you; just be quiet and stay out of our way.
Their enemy is not just President Trump, although he is definitely the “poster boy.” It is anyone or anything that threatens their power. To them, this is out and out war, a struggle for survival. They will stop at nothing. If you oppose them, they will crush you. You will be nothing more or less than collateral damage, which is acceptable in war.
Healthy disagreement is not to be tolerated. If you do disagree with them, you are labeled a “racist,” a “misogynist,” a “Nazi” or worse, you are “evil.” You are, as Congresswoman Maxine Waters, has infamously intoned, to be harassed in restaurants or in the movies or on the street. Your children are fair game also. They can be intimidated and bullied at school. You can be shot at a charity softball game. It’s all acceptable, because you are “evil.” If you think I am wrong, or even exaggerating, simply turn on the network news, CNN or MSNBC any night, at random. According to many of them, the half of the country that supported Donald Trump consists of dumb,gun-toting rubes, with no ability to think independently. Watch and listen to the commentators. Then, tell me I am wrong or exaggerating.
Kavanaugh is most definitely a significant impediment to their return to power. Without rehashing my previous blogs, suffice to say no one who knows him personally has had anything bad to say about him. Quite the opposite; those who know him personally or professionally have been very positive. He has passed six FBI investigations. He was endorsed by the American Bar Association. Until these accusations surfaced, he had a spotless reputation, both personally and professionally.
However, he is considered to be right of center, whatever that means. His stance on abortion is unclear, but he is not a staunch enough advocate of it to satisfy some liberals. If confirmed, he figures to sit on the Supreme Court for decades and, in the viewpoint of the PE, tilt it the “wrong” way. Therefore, he must be stopped to paraphrase Chuck Schumer and others, by any means possible. Smear him, attack his wife and small children, destroy his professional reputation? All acceptable collateral damage. As the character, Michael Corleone, famously intoned in the movie, “The Godfather” – “it’s not personal, just business.”
But, as I said, this is not just about Kavanaugh. It is much broader than that. If you have been watching and paying attention to the news for the last two years, you know this. For example:
1. Since the day after Election Day we have been inundated with conspiracy theories designed to impugn the validity of the result, none of which has been proven so far.
2. Trump colluded with the Russians.
3. The Russians hacked our computers.
4. Trump is unstable, a maniac, will lead us to nuclear war, will bomb North Korea, will bomb Iran, will bomb Russia, is a misogynist, a racist, anti-Muslim, anti immigrant. Did I leave anything out?
5. The whole entire mess involving certain FBI senior officials who tried to undermine and delegitimize first Trump’s candidacy, then his administration.
6. The biased news reporting by most media outlets.
6. The plethora of “anonymous sources” news stories.
7. “Protestors,” such as Antifa, who are really no more than thugs,funded by God knows whom, violently disrupting gatherings of those with whom they disagree depriving them of their constitutional right to lawful assembly and free speech.
8. The movement to eliminate the electoral college. If you know your history, you know that the Founding Fathers put it there for a reason, which is just as valid today as it was then.
9. Worst of all is the espousal by many, including some elected officials, that the accused is no longer innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Rather, the accused is required to prove his innocence. What?! When was the constitution amended to say that?
I don’t have the space to recount everything, in detail. My point is that as horrific and absurd as the Kavanaugh nomination process has been, it is not an isolated incident, and it should be viewed as one part of a major offensive by the PE. The goal is to overturn the will of the people resulting from the last election.
In a previous blog I posited that I saw parallels between the Kavanaugh hearings and the Salem “witch trials” of the late 17th century and the McCarthy hearings of the early 1950s. With that in mind, I would like to paraphrase Joseph Welch, counsel for the Army, which was then being subjected to a McCarthy “witch hunt,” and ask the Dems on the Judiciary Committee the same question he asked McCarthy, “[h]ave you left no sense of decency?” By the way, do we really have to listen to moral lectures from Corey Booker, an admitted rapist, and Richard Blumenthal, a serial liar?
I realize that many of you will disagree strongly with everything I’ve said here. That’s okay. We are allowed to disagree. It’s the American way. Some of my oldest, best and dearest friends disagree with most of my political opinions. We debate constantly, but peacefully and respectfully. Most importantly, we remain close friends. All Americans should draw the line at slander, harassment, and violence. A difference of opinion does not make one “evil.”
I ask that you view news reports with a more discerning eye, maybe even rely on more than one news source. Don’t accept things at face value. Be aware, be careful. Many have fought and died for the freedoms we often take for granted. Let’s not give them away.
I hope we’re still and always friends!!
Cory Booker is anything but a confessed rapist. You’ll find accurate detail, especially with his first name spelled minus the ‘e’!’ Please read for yourself his 1992 Stanford columns, reflecting on and drawing lessons from a 1984 “groping” incident, rather than regurgitating e.g. Breitbart. How sad that Booker’s refreshing candor and willingness to share the lesson he learned is now to be misrepresented and used against him.
Do you agree with my opinion that this is all about power as I described?
As you know, when I agree with your opinion-based remarks I’ll give you hearty applause!
If otherwise, I’ll endeavor to point out specifics where I hope you’ll dig a little deeper for the detailed facts as well as context.
I’d love to see your full treatment of Electoral College. Your quick review -similar to what I remember from 7th grade Civics, is as fraught as it was in 7th grade. I didn’t believe that “reason” made any sense then and I now know the facts are at odds with what we were fed. So fraught, that it eludes belief. Your explanation is a good reason to have a House of Representatives. Fails utterly for Presidential electing. Why now, post-slavery, should my New York vote for President count so much less than, say, an Idaho vote?
“. . . the electoral college. If you know your history, you know that the Founding Fathers put it there for a reason, which is just as valid today as it was then.”
I do (or at least I reviewed a bit).
No- the reason has not been valid since the abolition of slavery!
Check out Madison’s speech to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 19, 1787 in which he said that “Negroes” in the South presented a “difficulty … of a serious nature” and proposed a prototype Electoral College because
with a popular vote, the Southern states, “could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes.”
His proposition for the Electoral College included the “three-fifths compromise,” where black people could be counted as three-fifths of a person. This clause garnered his state, Virginia, 12 out of 91 electoral votes, more than a quarter of what a president needed to win.
Notwithstanding the “fatherly” reasons we learned in school, the Electoral College was a distinctly pro-slavery, pro-Southern, slave owning states artifact. It’s raison d’etre was abolished, thank goodness.
What you say is true, but it serves another purpose, which is to preclude the populous states, such as CA and NY from dominating the smaller ones. That was one of the primary reservations smaller states had of joining the union in the first place. Without the electoral college we would likely have not had a union at all.
If we elected Presidents by a straight popular vote the candidates would focus on the populous states and ignore the smaller ones, and the people who live there would be rendered irrelevant.. Why do you think Dems want to eliminate it? You saw how Hillary dominated NY and CA and edged Trump in the overall popular vote, yet Trump won a lot of small states to win the election.