Friday, September 28, 2018

What bothers me the most about the Kavanaugh hearing.

The Republicans on the Senate 
Judiciary Committee created a 
situation where we only hear from two witnesses, the accuser and the accused. The Republican majority refuses to allow for an FBI investigation before the hearing, which would be routine. Both witnesses give their testimony, then many of the Republican members announce their unwavering support for Judge Kavanaugh, and demand that there be a vote to confirm.

Why do they say they believe him and not her?
Why are they blocking a routine investigation?
Why are they insisting the vote happen right away?
Why don't they want to know more about it?

It seems to me that the Republican Committee members, all of them male, simply do not think that Dr. Ford's accusations are serious enough to delay the vote or allow for an investigation.

An attempted rape accusation is not serious enough to investigate.

Instead, they want the accused to be elevated to one of the highest offices in the land, and right away.

That's what bothers me the most.

Letter to my Senators and Representative:

I am writing because I am very demoralized at the actions of the Republican party, most notably the refusal for so long to launch an FBI investigation into Dr. Ford’s accusation of attempted rape. Members of the GOP claim the Dems have mounted this attack against Kavanaugh, but the timeline of Ford’s letters suggests otherwise, and they never came after Gorsuch at all, though they were justifiably angry that the nomination never went to Garland. 

Kavanaugh is an entirely different sort of nominee. Several women and witnesses have come forward. How can you vote for a man with this cloud hanging over his head? There has got to be someone better. Please can we just find someone better? Can you please stand up for women in Wyoming, and show our daughters that when people try to rape them, their attackers suffer consequences? And don’t use language like, “Innocent until proven guilty.” This isn’t a trial. This is a grave matter of considering a man for one of the highest offices in the land. He should have to meet higher standards than most people, including having a completely clean record.

Please don’t tell me talking points, like how Feinstein withheld the letter for so long. She was waiting for Dr. Ford’s permission to do so, and everyone knows it, so don’t pretend. Please be honest and straightforward. Can’t you just show some moral courage and do what’s right? I’m begging you. I have three daughters. They need your protection.

Amy Ryan