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The Hezitorial Regarding Sexual Assault Allegations
The subtext suggested with respect to the alleged sexual assault of Palo Alto Prof. Christine Blasey Ford by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Cavanaugh when she was 15 year old and he 17 years old may prove to be a honest inquiry for the truth or a repeat of the callous and shameless assault against Anita Hill in her 1991 Congressional appearance? Anita Hill was publicly harangued by an all male U.S. Senate committee over her sexual allegations against then nominee Clarence Thomas who was to become Supreme Court Justice. The 2018 inquiry of the Ford v Kavanaugh allegations is expected to be reminiscent of the Hill v Thomas allegation 27 years ago. Political expediency eclipsed a fair and open-minded hearing where the boys wanted what they wanted and proved themselves dismissive of Ms. Hill’s painful retelling of her resultant anguish by Mr. Thomas.
2018 is expected to be an inquiry by an all-male U.S. Senate committee which evokes a sense of incredulity and a lack of sensitivity to the recent pivotal demeanor and revelations of the #MeToo movement which witnessed two bombshell reports about movie mogul Harvey Weinstein last October.
Will the impact of the Ford v Kavanaugh hearing have a decisive impact on November’s midterm election?
Will the inquiring Senators be sensitive to the modernity of the present and be respectful of Prof. Ford by hearing rather than disparaging her? This while also affording Judge Kavanaugh the ability to prove his denial of the assault charges alleged against him which he denies. Prof. Ford will tell her truth; Judge Kavanaugh will tell his truth. The People will be the final arbiters in this dramatic cliffhanger. While some suggest the “scenario” will be all about optics, the reality is that The People are not as gullible as once conjectured. Optics are unlikely to win the day whereas facts of circumstances will. The fact that Prof. Ford underwent a lie-detector test and proved the integrity of her telling gives her a leg up since no analogous effort by Judge Kavanaugh has been undertaken; only his refutation of the charges against him by Prof. Ford.
U.S. Senator Gillibrand, who represents the State of New York in a recent television report informed the public that no one who is guilty would ask for an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I am not a Gillibrand supporter in any stretch of the imagination for reasons not pertinent herein. Even so, her divulging the desire by Prof. Ford for an F.B.I. investigation is challenging, pragmatic, and logical.
Will the inquiring all-male Senators be able to traverse the ominously laden political drama unscathed? Will they force the issue for political expediency? Are those Senators who engage in questioning Prof. Ford capable of making “fair” inquiry or will they enrage Republican Senators sufficiently to lose their present 51 to 49 majority in the Senate Chambers?
The rush to stay as far removed from the November mid-term Elections is a GOP concern that is juxtaposed by Democrats who await a win in those same elections to dissuade the present U.S. Senate majority to retract the name of Judge Kavanaugh for consideration?
While some will suggest in derisive fashion that all Republicans are “yes” men, similarly Democrats are likewise “yes” men. Such is the structure, sometimes referred to as “the chain of command”.
The inquiry and testimony by Prof. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is fraught with political failure for one party or the other. Outrage by supporters of Ford or Kavanaugh is likely to result in voters casting their ballot in numbers unheard of for decades.
It is unlikely that inquiry can be made of Ford and Kavanaugh that will not become the catalyst of outrage. Voters will at long last recognize that the only solution at this particular juncture is to raise the ethical standards spoken about but to which few adhere. In so doing, the voters will reclaim their prowess and perhaps create the milieu long missing from American politics, that is, politicians that advocate for the constituencies that have elected them to office rather their self-serving dogma and maintaining the benefits of the power only made possible when in the majority.
For many women, the hearing will be a test of how far societal norms have evolved since Anita Hill suffered the pain of the public humiliation by the all-male Senate committee about her allegations of sexual harassment against then-nominee Clarence Thomas.
Prof. Ford will face a Senate Judiciary Committee with four female members among the the entourage of 21 senators, including ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein. There are no women in the Republican majority. If confirmed, Mr Kavanaugh would likely become the swing voter on the court the next time it examines abortion rights.
Women have long recognized the debauchery of the current state of American politics violently exacerbated by an unending wave of #MeToo allegations. They are inclined to believe Prof. Ford by understanding that no one would put themselves through being pilloried, insulted by those who would question the gravitas of her assertions, and demeaned further by suggesting Prof. Christine Blasey Ford is “hysterical” rather than “lucid” and intellectually measured in her expression and comportment.
America victimized the likes of Monica Lewinsky and Anita Hill and those whose names we do not even know.
The female / male dynamic must be recalibrated to that of equal footing, not by it being said, but by teaching both genders how to speak to one another, and how to interact with each other respectfully.
The time to exit the Victorian era, fraught with a failed patriarchal standard, must be deconstructed and one of equality instituted.
President Trump suggested that Prof. Ford could not be telling the truth about the alleged attack if there was no police record to back her claim. Shock, shame, and potential ridicule kept her silent. Such is the response to heterosexual and homosexual sexual assault as has become evident by the assaults suffered by the hands of the clergy.
Republicans have assaulted many people’s sensibilities by their casting doubt over her account, going so far as to suggest she is confusing then teenager Kavanaugh for another classmate which has been rejected outright by Prof. Ford. America has yet to hear the allegations and Prof. Ford is made to suffer abusive, derogatory, and defamatory insults that are at present premature to judge one way or another.
One thing has become a certainty, that is, that Prof. Ford will testify. Kudos to her for finding the intestinal fortitude to brave the public spectacle that will come to reveal the truth, expose a sham, or both.