The Brett Kavanaugh debacle began as a political outburst which turned into a moral rampage in the past month, resulting in Kavanaugh being sworn in on Oct. 6, 2018.
President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on July 8, 2018. Before Kavanaugh’s official nomination, Palo Alto University Professor of Psychology, Christine Blasey Ford, contacted a Washington Post tip line with allegations saying Kavanaugh had assaulted her during a high school gathering in the 80s.
Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, also came forward and testified against Kavanaugh, saying they were also victims of sexual assault.
Ford decided to do a polygraph test and passed with flying colors in order to prove that she was honest with her allegations. Kavanaugh did not agree to take one and although a polygraph is not always accurate, it could have helped Kavanaugh’s case a bit in the sense that he was willing to prove himself not guilty. However, he opted out, which definitely contributed to the turbulence of the trial as a whole.
What’s more, the FBI was sent to investigate Kavanaugh. Instead of launching a full investigation, they only completed a partial investigation due to a lack of time and depth they were allowed to go into it. It was ultimately up to the discretion of the White House, and since Trump was the one to nominate Kavanaugh, you can see how that had a large influence on the investigation.
More allegations arose after this investigation. Sworn under oath, an accuser claims that Kavanaugh lied through his teeth about numerous incidents concerning his past. James Roche, a friend from Kavanaugh’s notorious high school days, accused him of lying under oath about sexually assaulting Ramirez, his drinking habits, and a yearbook entry in high school.
According to Roche, Kavanaugh would consistently get “blackout drunk” and he lied about a sexual game name, saying it was “simply a drinking game”.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Kavanaugh stood before the Senate, where he was nominated by a vote of 50-48. He was sworn in later that day despite the outcries in the streets of D.C.
This sticky situation leaves Americans with a question: what are the implications for our country? It is clear that, regardless of those who still pine for justice, or those who felt he was innocent until proven guilty, that Kavanaugh’s presence on the Supreme Court will change America for generations to come.
In a society riddled with black and white thinking, serious questions about Kavanaugh’s hearing and election process are left dangerously unanswered. Do Americans really view this man as unfit to judge, due to the cacophony surrounding him? After the dust has settled in what was anything but a seamless functioning of our democratic process, is it safe to trust Kavanaugh to remain unbiased in his judgment after what he might have perceived as a direct threat on his life from the other side of the aisle?
Many agree his charges were not thoroughly investigated in the end. Add this to the other witnesses and victims who were deprived of the spotlight, one might experience vertigo if they stood on top of a mountain of printed out objections to his election.
The Senate, per the view of the American audience by now, is dysfunctional and corrupt at best. We can only hope that as part of the Supreme Court he will become a man who works his heart out to attempt to repair the damage to the court and his own reputation.
Was he guilty? Was he innocent? As Article 11 reads, he is “innocent until proven guilty” by a fair court of law. But, if this is the case, how is it that so many feel the trial was handled with political malice? The moral fortitude of both the accuser and defendant were called into action, in a public “trial by fire” from those standing on both sides of the aisle.
No matter where a person stands politically, it should be pointed out that this entire situation has become riddled with emotions, leaving it difficult for the public to decipher candidly observable truth from defensive political maneuvering. The Kavanaugh debacle was not handled right and it will be a continuing narrative of the country for a long while to come.