Kavanaugh Senate Vote Delayed A Week
The Controversial Supreme Court Nominee and His Accuser Both Go Through a Grueling Senate Testimony (2/3)
9/28/18, 8:03 pm EDT
By John Corry
Amidst the chaos of recent days, the senate today has decided on a decision to delay the vote for the confirmation of Trumps’ supreme court nominee to replace the recently retired Judge Kennedy. Said nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been under scrutiny since the first of several allegations of sexual assault came from Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford on September 13th, which has come to a head in recent days, starting with a bombshell allegation from Julie Swetnick alleging gang rape against Kavanaugh on Wednesday, and a heavily covered sworn senate testimony from both Kavanaugh and Blasey-Ford on Thursday.
Despite these events, the vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination originally scheduled for today has been postponed due to a hold out republican senator from Arizona named Jeff Flake, who’s promised to vote no if the vote were held today or without at least a one week long FBI investigation (but who will most likely vote yes, barred any major findings).
I’ve wanted to stay very quiet on this whole Kavanaugh thing for several important reasons *TheMostImportant: first– I personally know several people who, for various reasons, have been affected by what these allegations mean in this moment (i.e. in the ‘era’ of #MeToo (still hate having to type that hashtag by the way, just saying)), and I include myself in that category. For those of you who will say “but emotions are stupid, we need to get to the facts and only the facts”: emotions are thing, however much we may wish they weren’t; they’re complicated, we all have them, they’re not as simple as just a thing easily simply wished away (at least not on a mass scale (everyone does it on their own, and in their own way)), and we’re not so barely ten-years-old to justify a screaming match over psychological ideals (in-time manifestations of Hegel’s Notion subject equally to objective personal understanding as it is potentially subjective technical understanding (all people are different)))- so get the fuck over it (I thought facts didn’t care about your feelings?).
(I mean primarily with that: that emotions are a thing, and they’re such a thing that they’re different for every Individual human on the planet (though, obviously, some are more similar to certain peoples than to others), just as real facts are exactly the same (hence why I’d consider the two close to Absolute opposites). No one can dispute the fact that 2+2=4 except for math (which is non-human), just as the fact that ‘I am happy right now’ can only be disputed by me and me alone (on a conscious level (opposed to facts for that one: 2+2=4 on a subconscious level may be disputed by the fact that once you start dividing those numbers, the fractions are essentially endless)).
In further addition (so: second, as regards the first point (the Kavanaugh thing)), I feel it necessary to look at this situation objectively as well, which means putting effort into hearing sides with which I may disagree or potentially prove my understanding incompelte, but which, apparently, also means to many that I have no heart and am a Horrible, kill-yourself shit of a housefly or something.
Not to skew this too much, but, at the end of the day, I’m just not sure how we could ever be sure whether Kavanaugh is guilty of what he’s been accused of doing (until I make that time machine, of course (it’s coming along, guys)). This assault happened over thirty-five years ago, with no cameras around, no testifying witnesses, and a helluva lot of potential for political oneupmanship in the current (along with pretty much anything involving something remotely controversial (evidently (when you turn everything into a big deal, nothing is, and especially after you’d started calling wolf(e??)))), but again: none of that matters because I’m a terrible person clearly only pretending to care about what the other side may understand that I don’t. Anymore: it seems that all anyone can be sure of is the fact that if you don’t have a partisan opinion on this, you’re a piece of shit-
The (few) facts we have in our quest to seeing where this situation may be now placing us in the grand scheme of conscious history: on the one side, we have what I can only call a National Epidemic (if not international) growing silently in the background for some time, until Cosby and the Weinstein Company guy got what was coming to them, which started a much needed train of justice, doubt, and attempted understanding which can only end in a totally new sense of morality on the subject (how Matt Lauer was able to do what he did for so long is beyond me). The number of women whom I have personally heard express memories of situations similar to those we’ve heard come from the Weinstein or the Lauer shits is enough to make anyone with a heart want to ball up and do nothing but watch The Office for days or hopefully years on end (I mean at least Michael Scott cared (racist piece of shit, that guy (they should probably take that show off the air))).
In addition, on this side, we have a situation exacerbated by the fact that the other side stole the previous open supreme court seat from Merrick Garland and President Obama; in my opinion what started all of this off in the first place (at least in its current form) (if that was a political norm, that’s a fucked up political norm). And of course there’s the fact that, for reasons right or wrong (–morally justified or reprehensible; it is not up to us to decide (unless you can see reality Absolutely objectively, which you cannot, if you are human, given that you’re in this no matter what; even if it’s only the smallest percentage-point imaginable, you cannot be completely out of reality if you’re alive with Man’s current consciousness (non-transcendental)…), people are afraid of what may be happening to their country and the futures for the children given the current political climate (and yes: that was a burn on Trump).
However, on the other side, we have a situation where these people have been fearing these things in similar ways for eight years longer than the first side, in this immediate understanding (from what I now understand, and you can again call them morally reprehensible or justified or whatever you wish, but I still don’t think you have the full right to do that): for the most part, they were afraid of Obama the communist, not Obama the black dude (again, this is my experience (John’s (experience)))). Once again, they may be right or wrong in this fear (they certainly do have some facts), or in their way of expressing it, but the fact is that it’s there and it’s there for a lot of people, just as the fears of that first side are there and are there for a lot of people as well.
Comparing the majority of republicans’ fear of communism and socialism to the majority of liberals’ fear that there are bunch of people out there who think it should be okay for men to rape women obviously may seem a bit out of place, but you have to remember that all of this goes back at least to the passing of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote in 1920, and a lot has happened since 1920, the now-historical course of communism being one of them. This is far too fueled an era, let alone this specific situation alone, for any point to be considered abstractly as Absolutely separated from history.
And that is what this is about (outside of Roe V. Wade). Fears over Kavanaugh’s thoughts regarding whether a president may be subpoenaed (which is the main thing I’m concerned with, by the way) have been put to the wayside by the fact that he may be a gang rapist or the fact that several democrats knew of these allegations weeks ago and have only now come forth to try to make a PR battle out of it big enough to get the majority of the senate to vote ‘No’ on Kavanaugh, whenever the vote may be (wink (November 7th?)).
If the Republicans deserve an infinite amount of disgust for the stunt they pulled with Obama and Garland (which they do), the Democrats have now matched them. No longer can Democrats claim to be better when it comes to playing politics. From now on, anytime anyone asks: “well, what about the time McConnell stole the supreme court seat from Merrick Garland?” all anyone has to say back is: “well, what about the time Feinstein tried to ruin the career of a community man with two young daughters, and almost tore the country apart by forcing every woman in it to relive their worst memories, all for mere political gain and partisan competition??”
And that’s the only reason this happening in this way; if Feinstien came out when she first heard about these allegations, we would not be in this situation (i.e. the further dividing of the country), but she had to wait, because politics is about power, not policy.
Aside from that (*ExtremelyNecessary), is this totally necessary? Kavanaugh’s refusal to say whether he would protect Trump if it turned out that Trump has done something illegal, I’m pretty sure we can all agree: the president is not above the law (yes, even the Trump fanatics; they’re just confused since it would seem, and fairly justifiably by this point, in my opinion (and which I only bring up to allude to an earlier point (that ‘that side’ has reason to fear, just as the other side does)), now that simple free speech seems to be under attack).
Would it have been so hard for Democrats to consider non-identified Democrats as humans and so approached interaction with them, in this circumstance or any, in such a way as they claim to be justified in asking the other side to do (‘open-minded’)? Would it be so hard to admit that while emotions are indeed a thing, and should so be considered even when it’s hard, rational debate (an area of politics, as is emotional understanding) has no time for misplaced passions, or irrational hotbeds of rhetoric. Or is manipulating every person who’s ever felt a damn thing when it comes to the issue of sexual assault the only way to get anything done anymore?
You try to manipulate people emotionally, and you make them emotional, and when they don’t agree with you, you make them hate you. This is because you’re insinuating them as less-than-human yet assuming that their emotions are somehow worth less than yours (can emotions ever be more morally justifiable??), while simultaneously attempting to call them out by doing that exact same thing (how dare they be racist! (agreed, but if racism is a pathological disorder, emotional understanding precedes action (Jung))).
I am glad that the vote is being postponed a week, but only because I think that that’ll calm people down.
It likely won’t.
In fact, I’d say the most likely scenario is that the rhetoric spewed on MSNBC or by any person reading this thinking ‘WHAT A SEXIST!’ will only cause a furthering of the division steeped into the subconscious of this country since the Vietnam war. We were all too pessimistic to deal with any of the deeper questions then (at least in the mainstream or in the political), so why should we now?
Power Politics is at play (fist emoji).