In 1536, Henry VIII of England ordered his then-wife Anne Boleyn executed on charges of treason, adultery, and incest. Why? Because she wasn’t able to give him a son, so Henry came up with these baseless allegations out of thin air as an excuse to get rid of her. Were the charges true? Of course not. So why was Boleyn’s sentence ultimately carried out? Because even though the evidence was all trumped up, the masses ate it up because it was King Henry’s “divine right to rule”.
Do the baseless false charges and ulterior motives ring a bell at all? They should. We have just reached the end of a weeks-long crisis in which the very intrinsic value of truth and due process were up in the air. But the key difference between Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and the “trial” of Anne Boleyn is that, in the former, the truth won out.
It’s no secret that during the saga of sexual assault allegations brought against the newest Supreme Court Justice, the values most precious to democracy were thrown out the window by senators on the left. Christine Ford’s allegations were deemed “credible” the instant that they were leaked, corroborative evidence or innocence until proven guilty be damned. This led radical leftists to demand that this standard now be applied to all sexual assault cases, saying we should “believe all women.” What happens if you disagree? You’re automatically a rape apologist for believing that each case should be judged on its own merits, and that Dr. Ford’s case had no merit.
The political hit job didn’t stop there. Senate Judiciary Democrats said that while Ford’s emotion during testimony affirmed her version of events, Kavanaugh’s own emotion somehow discredited his testimony. Scumbag liar Michael Avenatti decided it was his destiny to spearhead this smear campaign, so he released a stream of anonymous, baseless accusations that Justice Kavanaugh did everything from spiked punch with Quaaludes to participated in multiple gang rapes. Not a single allegation was corroborated, but hey, we’re supposed to believe women, so who cares about that pesky due process BS anymore?
But none of that matters any longer. Brett Kavanaugh has taken his rightful seat on the bench, as innocent of any of these fantastical charges as the day he was born. It was a victory for truth, for due process, for presumption of innocence. It was a victory over those on the left who believe it’s their God-given right to deny the people their voice, and to assassinate the character of a strikingly exemplary judge, without any consequence.
Though this battle may be over, there are still more to come. Many will continue to protest and call for Justice Kavanaugh’s impeachment before he even has the opportunity to do something wrong. There could be more like Jackson Cosko, who decided that Republican senators should have their home addresses, personal phone numbers, and their children’s health records made public because they are so evil that they dare to go against the left.
There will be more Soros-funded protests. There will be more like Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, the Jeff Flake confronters who were both exposed as being operatives with the Center for Popular Democracy, a progressive organization funded by George Soros. (I will not apologize for saying that, as it is neither a wild conspiracy theory, nor an anti-Semitic remark)
There will be more rallies-bordering-on-riots, featuring protestors who are so obviously emotionally stable and hinged that they’re banging on the doors of the Supreme Court and shouting nonsense because they didn’t get their way with Justice Kavanaugh.
There will be more vile threats on social media. More like Kat Calvin will encourage to “Never let [Susan] Collins have a moment of peace in public again.” More like Emily Best will encourage riots. More like Andy Haynes will encourage liberals to make family gatherings awkward by killing any conservative relatives.
Amidst all of this partisanship, however, we can find a way to come together. Lisa Murkowski can serve as an example of this; she paired her “no” vote with Steve Daines’ “aye” so that he could walk his daughter down the aisle that day. Civil discourse is still possible. It’s just as possible as listening to someone’s opinion that’s different from your own while not being completely indoctrinated to it. As Milo Yiannopoulos (who I don’t completely agree with) put it, we should conduct ourselves with a kind of intellectual humility that says that each person we meet, whether we agree with them or not, may have something to add to our view of the world.
I say this now, as I haven’t personally experienced the ripple effects of a political event as much as I did with this. Several of my hardline liberal friends, who are very nice people, were at UTSA when they came across a small crowd of male Kavanaugh supporters expressing their opinions. My friends expressed their distaste through both Snapchat and Twitter, where they and others called the gathering “unacceptable”, took pictures of the “rape apologists, so that you know who to avoid”, and resorted to personal attacks such as holding up signs with messages like “small d**k energy here”.
I also had a long-time friend unfollow me on Twitter because I had retweeted several innocent pro-Kavanaugh tweets. We have communicated on other matters since then, and she seems to carry no personal grudge against me, and I have none for her, but I still find it unfortunate that there are perfectly normal Americans who would rather shut out opposing opinions than consider them.
One last thing: if you’ve read my past pieces, you know that I have a knack for criticizing those I don’t agree with, but I will never hate any of them. I simply believe in calling out questionable practices (of which there are unfortunately many) when more influential sources fail to do it. I will never imply that their actual policies are “incorrect” or that mine are superior. I just think it’s unfortunate that that notion is not entirely endorsed on the other side nowadays.
But for now, let’s enjoy this victory. Have a beer. (don’t worry, it doesn’t make you a rapist) But then let’s gear up for November, so that the people can truly make their will known at such a pivotal time in American politics.
I close with a portion of a Bible verse, first shown to me by that long-time friend: Psalms 37:7, “do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
Reid Neason, Texas A&M University