The harsh reality of the Brett Kavaaugh hearing and confirmation

Caleb Pollema–Staff Writer

 

The arduous and grueling task of confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the bench of the United States Supreme Court was finally completed on Saturday, October 6 with a final vote of 50-48.

This was one of the most eye-opening political spectacles of my short life time. I am not here to hash out the political implications of the confirmation even though those effects will be most certainly felt in the upcoming midterm elections one way or another.

Rather, I think it is important that we take time to understand what morally occurred through this confirmation process. Personally, it left me quite saddened and rather heartbroken at the moral standing of our country. I have moved past being angry to simply being disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I still am a strongly convicted voter with opinions on our country’s political trajectory, but that is not foremost in my mind.

In Justice Kavanaugh’s court hearing, we saw respect and modern civil discourse left by the wayside to achieve a political agenda.

What saddened me most is that you had two lives dramatically altered–and not for the better–because of political disagreement.

The political left jumped at the opportunity to have Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her because it would have derailed another conservative from being put on the bench.

However, an FBI investigation and prosecutor’s inquiry in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee found Judge Kavanaugh to be innocent of the alleged crimes.

You had a man who has been dedicated to a lifetime of public service with an opportunity to sit on the highest court in the land having to tell his two daughters that their dad, coach and friend had been accused of heinous crimes that he never committed.

You had a man that was fiery and angry as he withstood the questioning of Senators about crimes that he blatantly denied while his character and reputation would be permanently stained regardless of how he answered the questions.

On the other side, you had a woman that has had a troubling past being asked to testify in front of the United States Senate on national television about personal crimes that she could have talked about in confidentiality.

You had a woman who could not put together where she was when these alleged crimes occurred. It looked to me like a victim being used to achieve a political agenda.

I am ashamed that political agendas trampled over the rule of law and respect for our fellow citizen.

I am sorry for Brett Kavanaugh because his reputation has been marred despite his confirmation. I truly believe that he never committed these crimes and I often wonder how an attack on this man could have future implications for the constructs of virtue and family in America.

I am sorry for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford because sexual assault is a very serious crime that should always be treated as such. Sexual assault or any crime is something that should never be exploited to achieve political gain, and, in this situation, I think it was.

I do not believe that every man accused of sexual assault is innocent, but I also believe that not every man accused of sexual assault is guilty.

As a country, we must return to civil discourse. We must always stand firm in the ideal that a person is always innocent until proven guilty.

This whole situation reaffirmed several convictions for me. I am once again reminded that the United States government is not our savior, no matter how much we believe in or dislike an administration’s policies.

The root problem with people in this country is not what side of the political aisle that they stand on. The root is a heart problem.

This nation needs Jesus Christ more than ever. This is where my final conviction and hope lies.

Nonetheless, I encourage you to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Voting is a privilege that should be exercised and never taken for granted. However, do so understanding that our final hope is in Jesus and not in anything that the United States government can do for us.

 

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