Right off the bat, I want to be very clear about something that those on the left do not believe the right cares about. Make no mistake, rape is a serious crime, as is sexual assault, and there is no place for either in American society. Rape, in particular, is a horrific act that merits the death penalty, in my opinion, or life in prison, at the very least. It is also not lost on me how hard it can be on a woman to come forward and report a rape. I understand that it can be a traumatic experience and opens women up to having to deal with hassles they’d much rather not face whether that be simply reliving the experience, opening themselves up to scrutiny, or facing the possibility of not being believed. So, I have a great deal of compassion for victims of rape and sexual assault and I absolutely believe that when accusations of such behavior are brought forward we should listen to the women making the allegations. I believe most of my fellow right-wingers would agree with what I have just stated.
The feminist left however has taken this further, saying that we should #BelieveAllWomen. What this appears to mean is that the feminist left wants the public to react to rape allegations the same way women generally want their husbands or girlfriends to react to them sharing a story about a hard day. That is to say they don’t want any sort of critical evaluation so much as they want the public to listen and validate their struggle, to tell them “oh this must be so hard for you”. Now, such a reaction is fine and arguably desirable in interpersonal relationships when the only thing at stake is an individual’s emotional well-being, since even if their perception of their situation is wrong, the consequences of their wrong perception are often trivial or at least no less important that the individual’s emotional well-being. In other words, it’s fine to let them be wrong.
However, in the case of truly consequential matters such as justice, such a reaction is absolutely not appropriate. The reason being that if Brett Kavanaugh or any other man accused of rape is actually guilty then they absolutely need to be punished for the impact their heinous acts had on their victims. If they are innocent however, then the public believing they are guilty has severe consequences for their careers and their reputations that will impact them the rest of their life, just like the trauma of being raped stays with women for the rest of their lives. The stakes are too high to not critically examine the stories of both the accusers and the accused, with the goal of getting to the truth. Not her truth, or his truth, THE truth.
So, with all that in mind I made my very best efforts throughout all of this, to put aside my cynicism and distrust of the Democrats and objectively weigh the claims that were made against Brett Kavanaugh. The 3 most publicized sexual misconduct allegations consisted of the following:
1. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a house party sometime in the summer of 1982.
2. Deborah Ramirez claimed per the New Yorker that at some point during the 1983-84 school year “Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
3. Julie Swetnick per her sworn statement alleged that Kavanaugh was involved in a series of “gang rapes” at multiple house parties throughout 1981-1983 at which she was present and that she herself was a victim of one such gang rape at the hands of Kavanaugh and several other men in 1982.
Now if these allegations are true, particularly Dr. Ford’s and/or Swetnick’s, then Kavanaugh most certainly should not be on the Supreme Court. The problem however, is that there is no corroborating evidence for any of these allegations. Not a single other witness has come forward to corroborate the details of any of these accounts. In fact, in the case of Dr. Ford, her friend who was supposedly at the party with her flatly denies that any such event ever took place.
The stories of the accusers are also full of holes. For example, why does Dr. Ford remember exactly how many beers she had at this party, but not how she got to or from the event? It’s very odd that out of everything that allegedly happened that night, that she would remember exactly how many beers she had. In the case of Swetnick one has to ask, if she knew that gang rapes were happening at these parties, why did she keep going to them? More importantly, why did she not inform the police about such horrible acts? Now the holes and lack of corroborating evidence are not a guarantee that Dr. Ford and the other accusers are fabricating these stories, but it does mean that their accusations are at the very least, no more credible than Kavanaugh’s denials. Again, the stakes here are too high to simply believe these accusations without applying any sort of scrutiny and without evidence. Furthermore, if we are supposed to #BelieveAllWomen, what about the 65 women who knew Brett Kavanaugh in High School and said he always treated women with dignity and respect? Is an accusation of wrongdoing automatically more credible than a statement affirming someone’s good character? I don’t see what logic could be used to make that true.
Another thing that raised suspicion was the timing of all this. Now it is true that just because the timing was extremely convenient in and of itself does not make the accusations false, but to my friends on the left, can you see why a wave of sexual assault allegations that all conveniently came out right when the Senate was ready to vote on Kavanaugh seems just a little hard to believe? Especially when we already knew that the Democrats and the left were vehemently opposed to Kavanaugh? Even before these sexual assault allegations, the left was portraying him as a radical right-wing judge who is itching to overturn Roe v. Wade even though Ben Shapiro and some other commentators familiar with his judicial philosophy have said he is unlikely to do so. Cory Booker went so far as to say that supporting his confirmation was amount to being “complicit with evil”. Add on to all this the fact that Diane Feinstein sat on Dr. Ford’s allegation for for roughly two months. She’s tried to use the excuse of Dr. Ford asking for confidentiality but Feinstein had ample opportunities to ask Kavanaugh about the allegations behind closed doors, and could have simply refrained from identifying Dr. Ford by name. It’s also a poor excuse considering her name ended being leaked anyway. Then there are the facts that Swetnick’s attorney Michael Avenatti is the same attorney that represented Stormy Daniels and that Swetnick was also represented in a past sexual harassment claim against her employer by a lawyer from the same firm that is representing Dr. Ford now.
Again, none of these facts in and of themselves necessarily mean the allegations were fabricated, but when examined together and combined with a complete absence of corroborating evidence on any of accusations, it becomes very difficult to not see this as anything but a coordinated effort to smear Kavanaugh. Furthermore, the Democrats insisted on a prolonged FBI investigation of these allegations which would have conveniently delayed Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote until after the election. This is yet another example of something that would have been fine had the Democrats not waited until the last minute to call for it. This whole process has descended into nothing more than political theater. It really is a shame, both for the horrible damage it has done to Kavanaugh’s reputation and the fact that if any of these accusations were true, the Democrats have made it impossible for anyone not on their side to take said allegations seriously because of their extremely suspicious timing and tactics throughout the process.