The liberty principle for this Freedom Friday concerns the need for freedom from the tyranny of false accusations and false witnesses. It seems that anyone can say anything about someone – without a shred of evidence – and be believed. It does not seem to matter that falsehoods and lies destroy individuals, careers, and families – especially if they are done for political purposes.
It is possible that the accuser of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is telling the truth about his behavior when he was in high school, but it does not seem probable. In the first place, she “recovered” her memories of the alleged assault at the time that Democrats were afraid that Mitt Romney would be the next President of the United States and would appoint Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Is the timing of her memory recovery just coincidental?
It was at this particular time in the history of the nation that the accuser decided to go for couple therapy with her husband. There is nothing wrong with marriage counseling, but the timing is suspect. The therapist kept notes; however, the accuser says that they were not good notes. Also, there was no mention of Kavanaugh in the notes.
Since Romney lost the election, there was no reason to act on her recovered memories – until Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. Then she was Johnny-on-spot with her copies of the therapist’s notes and an anonymous letter. When people were not buying the anonymous letter, she decided to go public. However, she has no witnesses – just her recovered memories, memories that contain a lot of holes.
Kavanaugh, on the other hand, has numerous witnesses. His first witness is his classmate, Mark Judge. The accuser said that Judge was with Kavanaugh during the alleged assault. Both Judge and Kavanaugh denied being there and doing what she alleges – at that time or any other time. Neither of them denied drinking or even being drunk, but they deny being at the particular party where the assault is supposed to have taken place or attacking the accuser.
A second witness – or set of witnesses – is 65 women who knew Kavanaugh during his high school years. They sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) praising the integrity and character of Kavanaugh.
A third witness – a group of law clerks – are testifying of the good character of Kavanaugh. They have worked side by side with Kavanaugh and been mentored by him, but they report no unacceptable behavior on his part.
A fourth witness is not a person at all. It is the six FBI investigations into Kavanaugh. One would think that the numerous female witnesses and the six probes by the FBI would have turned up something bad about Kavanaugh’s past, but they did not.
So, it is the word of one woman against the word of two men, more than sixty-five women, and six FBI investigations. The Democrats played this game with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and lost. Now they have pulled out the same playbook to use on Kavanaugh. The times are different now, and the Democrats are even hungrier for power.
It is good that the accuser and Kavanaugh will appear in a public hearing on Monday to be questioned before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I hope and pray that Kavanaugh is exonerated from this accusation and that the perpetrators of this insane behavior slink back into their holes. No one is truly free in our nation as long as people can make false accusations and false witnesses and get away with the claims.