Thoughts on the Kavanaugh Testimony
by Nicolette Madonna
This morning, September 27th, 2018, I jumped in the car and heard the sniffling, fearful words of a woman who can only be described as shaken to the core. As the ride continued, I listened to the story of this brave woman, how as she said, one action had brought so much hardship to her family and her life. That action, was coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That woman was Christine Blasey Ford, the first of three women to open up about their assault by Brett Kavanaugh. Just as I had listened to Ford’s testimony on my way to school, others all over the nation listened and watched. Not only was this Ford’s description of events that happened some 30 years ago, it was a Supreme Court job interview for Judge Kavanaugh.
That fact makes me really think about the way our political system works and who Americans are choosing for to represent us in that system. What logical sense does it make to have a person in power under the shadow of multiple allegations of sexual assault? Why on earth, would anyone give an authoritative position to someone with a supposed history of sexual misconduct? Kavanaugh has denied all allegations and used his platform to yell about how much he “liked beer.” He danced around questions about his drinking and high school life, while complaining about the 10 days of harassment, he and his family has gotten. Dr. Ford said in her remarks she has “had her life picked apart” by people on television and social media. She also has had to relieve the trauma and psychological damage the attack caused. She said that her family has had to move from their house to several different “secure locals” with the help of security guards. She’s received death threats and her work email was hacked. This treatment is horrible, no one in their right mind can say this is justifiable.
Now, Dr. Ford’s testimony leaves the public some questions, but the real question is not about if the attack happened or not. The question is: Why would anyone lie about a sexual assault? Victims do not lie about attacks that have had a monumental effect on their life for fame, as Republicans would have you believe. They tell exactly what has been burned into their memories. And, though this life-altering event happened some 30 odd years ago, too many of the details are too clear for it to be counted as unimportant to the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.