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No, the Public Treatment of Kavanaugh’s Accuser is Not Why More Women Don’t Speak Up

No, the Public Treatment of Kavanaugh’s Accuser is Not Why More Women Don’t Speak Up

Everyone gets their day in court. Even the accused. And even when the accused is a white privileged male.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QUPABEym9g

Since Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations of sexual assault were made public, I’ve seen several instances of “this is why more women don’t speak up — do you see what’s happening to Ford?” Enough to make me uneasy about the comparison, which, to be indelicate is flat wrong.

While I am incredibly sympathetic to Ford’s past — I believe she likely suffered some kind of assault — the events that have transpired and the way in which her story has been carefully parsed, leaked, and manipulated are far different from a typical case of the like.

Ford, and whatever trauma she may have suffered, are being exploited by Democrats for purely political purposes. Her story has many holes. She’s been given an opportunity to share her story and has refused to do so. None of this is “normal.”

An accusation is not tantamount to guilt (Salem witch trials, anyone?). We used to have a grip on that culturally.

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Political activists don’t get to enjoy the presumption of truth when accusing their political enemies of crimes. There is a distinct difference between being accused of a serious crime, and being credibly accused. It is the credibility of a claim that dictates the response, as it must be. The seriousness of the accusation should only be relevant to the punishment of the guilty or of the false accuser, whichever be the case.

    As for the seriousness of the allegation, I’d speculate that at least 100,000 young women around the globe are the subject of unwelcome drunken groping on any given Saturday night. I doubt that these incidents have been the cause of mental trauma lasting decades.

    The seriousness of the charge *does* have some influence on how intently it should be looked into. If Bob is accused of having a parking ticket in 1982, that’s not worth pursuing, but if Bob is accused of killing Mrs. Farnsworth in 1982…

    That being said, there’s a threshold of credibility I use for any claim. People are lying bast–s after all.

    So here we have a candidate who says “I am a good person, look at all the good things I’ve done and all the good people who support me.” I look at the things, verify that he indeed did them, and check out the stories the supporters tell. Threshold reached.

    Now we have a woman who says “He is a bad person, he did this bad thing.” I look at the proof that he indeed did the bad thing (of which there is none) and the people who verify that he did a bad thing (of which there are none). Threshold not reached.

Ford, and whatever trauma she may have suffered, are being exploited by Democrats for purely political purposes. Her story has many holes.

The gaping holes in her story have nothing to do with Democratic exploitation. They exist independent of the Democrats; their source is Ford herself.

Once their author has conjured them into existence, they were ripe for the Dems to exploit, of course.

We used to have a grip on that culturally.

And then came the 19th Amendment. And suddenly the neuroses and fantasies of a huge voting bloc . . . millions and millions of Fords . . . had a new-found ability to warp not only American public life, but all of Western civilization. And we see the results every day.

She supposedly didn’t want to come out publicly with her claims but she scheduled and took a polygraph test a MONTH IN ADVANCE – what does that say.

Due process is for everyone, despite what Democrats think.

B-b-b-b-but, the charge is so serious!

Kemberlee – how about you write your column in a couple or three paragraphs instead of pasting and copying twitter feed. Continuity sucks with all that crap and it takes up far too many bytes and space. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I won’t read that stuff. I’ll read the intro and any summary and skip the twitter.

I could be mistaken, obviously I don’t bother with twitter, but it seems to me that by the time you copy and paste the twitter stuff, you could copy it to a word processor to make paragraphs about as easy.

JusticeDelivered | September 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Kemberlee, what do you think of the implications of Ford’s brother being connected to GPS Fusion? That seems pretty damning to me. So is she a victim, or a willing participant?

If there was a drunken teen party, was she also drunk?

If she was impaired at the time, her memories are even less reliable.

How do we know that she did’t misinterpret what was going on? Where they playing chase, wrestling? The story of a friend tackling and knocking Kavanaugh off would seem to indicate horseplay, not a rape attempt.

We have all seen how unreliable eyewitness accounts are, and how memories change over time.

It is quite possible that Ms. Ford is psychotic. I have a problem with entertaining really old claims like this. We are all entitled to a presumption of innocence, and to due process. Even if this was true, which I doubt in light of Kavanaugh’s history, it is long past the statute of limitations.

Let me know when ‘Democrats’ care about women left in cars to drown or provable rape by Arkansas political climbers…

Otherwise, I could give a rats patoot about these conjured up ‘charges’ 36 (35? 37?) years ago…

Since this “story” broke, Ford has been given nothing BUT the benefit of the doubt. Virtually everyone has publicly stated that they do not doubt that Ford believes that SOMETHING happened 36, or 37 or 35 years ago, SOMEWHERE, with SOMEONE. What has never been clear is exactly what happened, when it happened, where it happened and who was involved. In the real world, if she walked into a police station with this story and she was not accusing a nominee for high public office, it would go exactly nowhere. And, if she walked in wearing a mask and refusing to identify herself, she would be escorted out of the building.

This is all gratuitous BS. It was a 25th hour political hit job. And, the perpetrators of these type of attacks learned from the Roy Moore fiasco. Even though Moore lost the election, the charges against him were pretty much proven to be nothing more than baseless innuendo. So, this time, the whole point was to make it impossible for Kavanaugh to defend himself by having an anonymous accuser who refuses to stand for questioning. When that blew up, the “accuser” comes forward, but still refuses to present herself for questioning. Now we have the Dems and libs trying to sell the narrative that forcing her to testify will be unfair to her. what we never hear is anyone on the left saying that to entertain the notion that any of these charges have any validity, without having the “accuser” be questioned as to the accuracy of her claims is unfair to Kavanaugh, the accused. If Ford was in the process of being confirmed for the SCOTUS and Kavanaugh brought these charges, no one would be entertaining the notion that HE must be believed without presenting his case personally and providing some evidence that the facts are true, as alleged.

“what we never hear is anyone on the left saying that to entertain the notion that any of these charges have any validity, without having the “accuser” be questioned as to the accuracy of her claims is unfair to Kavanaugh, the accused.” This, exactly. Doesn’t the accused have the right to face his accuser?.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to MAB. | September 20, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Not if it is a MeToo person, like blacks, they are entitled to persecute anyone, anytime, they want.

    It is way past time we hold these people accountable.

Judiciary committee was tweeting out that almost everyone who has been mentioned in this cluster fluck has been interviewed “under penalty of felony” except one person. I won’t mention dr.fords name.
Interesting how the liberals want the fbi to investigate yet they didn’t attend many, if any of those testimonies although they were informed of the time and place and were asked to participate.
Some think the testimonies will result in dr.ford getting raked over the coals for lying.

“Everyone gets their day in court. Even the accused. And even when the accused is a white privileged male.”

Leftists: For now…

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