For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court of the United States started its annual term this week, with only eight judges. With Justice Kennedy’s resignation in June, the Trump Administration drew from its published list of qualified judicial candidates and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy, subject to the “advice and consent” of the U.S. Senate.
Then, a few weeks ago an accusation of sexual misconduct was leaked to the press and certain Senators about Judge Kavanaugh and everything ground to a halt until these accusations could be processed and evaluated by the Committee. This was done in a public hearing last week as the initial accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, made her accusation of attempted rape stemming from an incident in the summer of 1982—36 years ago—and Judge Kavanaugh responded (sometimes emotionally) to the uncollaborated accusations against his integrity. Both testimonies have been described as “compelling,” “sincere,” and “credible.”
However, sincere people can be sincerely wrong and even credible testimony needs to be supported with clear evidence or objective witnesses. Dr. Ford’s testimony was short on details. She cannot remember the date, time, place or the location of the alleged attack. Neither does she remember how she got there or home. The only physical evidence submitted was a personal calendar/diary-like reminder from 1982, submitted by Judge Kavanaugh. The testimonies were a weak “she said/ he said” debate draw.
While the committee’s vote the following day to approve the nomination passed on a partisan basis, it did so with a caveat that the F.B.I. conduct a supplemental investigation, limited to one week, on any “credible accusation” currently before the committee.
As the days of this “supplemental investigation” continue this week, I would like to suggest three, significant societal factors which need to be considered in the context of the uncorroborated accusation from events decades ago. The may be summarized in three words: adolescence, alcohol, and abortion.
Adolescence typically describes the teenage-years between13-19 and is psychologically and physically the transition from childhood to adulthood. It is an emotionally immature period of uncertainty and experimentation.
Apparently, Brett Kavanaugh and his Georgetown Prep buddies experimented with drinking beer in their adolescences and found they liked it. His junior-year, high-school yearbook indicated he was known for drinking beer, even though admitting last week at the hearing that he had a “weak stomach” and sometimes threw up—in his friend’s car since Brett (from a well-to-do family) did not have a car.
Kavanaugh and his friends had summer jobs, liked to work out together and prepare for fall football. On the weekends, if he was home, he listed parties on his calendar which he and his adolescent friends attended. None were listed for the month in question, August 1982,
As mentioned above, Brett Kavanaugh and his adolescent friends experimented with beer and found that they liked it. In the Senate hearing, he affirmed to one senator that “…I still like it!” His high school friend, Mark Judge, self-reportedly became an alcoholic. This might prompt questions like these:
- At what age did they begin experimenting with beer?
- Did they like the taste beer? Or the buzz it gave them?
- Was beer stocked as a staple in their own homes?
- Did the parents provide the beer for their teen’s frequent drinking episodes?
Finally, has Judge Kavanaugh had cases where alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct were factors? Does he know the high statistics connecting alcohol consumption and sexual abuse and rape? What will he teach his own daughters about the dangers of alcohol and sexual abuse?
A wise parent observed: “What I may do in moderation, my children may do in excess!”
For adolescents and adults, drinking alcohol and having sex is a dangerous combination. They often result in unintended consequences—even pregnancies.
In 1973 the Supreme Court found a new “right” for our citizens in the landmark court case Roe v. Wade. It was the “right” of pregnant women to choose to abort pregnancies by killing and removing the living baby from the womb. Now, 45 years later and after some 54 million babies were aborted, some even advocate for the “right” to chemically or surgically kill the living baby at any stage of the pregnancy, up to and including live birth!
Judge Kavanaugh’s Catholic background and personal pro-life positions have made him a target for the extreme abortion advocates. Since Democrats have made it clear that their party no longer has a place of diversity in it for pro-life advocates, all present Democrats in Congress have banded together to support and protect the “right” to abortion. This issue is the most important on their list of concerns when considering any Supreme Court nominee.