On Kavanaugh, Reflublicans and civic cowardice

Required reading by anyone with any sense of truth-talking.

Men Are More Afraid Than Ever Why Kavanaugh advocates would rather defend malfeasance than deny it.

No joking here. There are things we as a people should not under any circumstances trivialize or brush aside. No particular politics is valid if the adherents insist on a partisan-only presentation to the rest of us that ignores the reality of an event in the life of someone else.

Run-and-hide politics and chauvinism evident here does not honor who we think we are as we propagandize it to the world. Why can’t we grow up?

Many wise folks have pointed out the silliness of trying to portray the victim as an opportunist and I’ve added a link.

On the lady’s so-called opportunism …

John Pavlovitz: Why I Believe Christine Blasey Ford

“It is clearly, they claim—nothing more than opportunism.

Let’s look at her expansive list of “opportunities” here:

She’s getting the opportunity to have her successful career immediately derailed.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her personal information: address, phone number, and family information—disseminated to millions of people on social media by anonymous trolls.

She’s getting the opportunity to be forced to move out of her house in the middle of a school year.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her life completely and permanently turned upside down in every possible way.

She’s getting the opportunity to be publicly humiliated by old white men, who have zero regard for the veracity of her claims or the severity of her trauma or the cost of her speaking.

She’s getting the opportunity to be the object of sick jokes on the Twitter account of the supposed adult son of the President.

She’s getting the opportunity to have her character assassinated, her past unearthed, her credibility questioned, and her safety threatened.

She’s getting the opportunity to relive her most painful and personal moments in front of the watching world.

She’s getting the opportunity to be injured a second time.

Sounds like a great “opportunity.” – John Pavlovitz

On male grownups …

Mazie Hirono Demands Men ‘Shut Up And Step Up’ In The Face Of Kavanaugh Accusation 

“I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up and step up. Do the right thing for a change,” Hirono said during a press event on Tuesday. 

 

The Grand Old Perpetrator Party and the Christian Social Conservatives who voted for Trump … this is why running and hiding from the Kavanaugh allegations is an ultimate hypocrisy.

If there’s smoke, you are obligated to make sure there is no fire.

Here’s How Trump Responded Each Time A Woman Accused Him Of Sexual Misconduct President Donald Trump has been accused of inappropriate conduct and sexual assault by 20 women. These are their stories.

 

Let me get this straight.
Kav has denied that the attempted rape ever happened to a 15 – year-old teen.

“Yet, Interesting and perhaps disturbing moment a short time ago as Carrie Severino, spokesperson of the Judicial Crisis Network, was interviewed on CNN. The JCN is the central campaign arm for Republican judicial nominations. The Federalist Society grooms and chooses the nominees. The JCN runs the campaigns, runs political ads in Senators’ states, as necessary.

Here Severino argues that it’s not clear that what Ford describes wasn’t simply “rough horse play” as opposed to attempted rape.”

Looks to me like Kav’s team is saying that that which never happened . .. happened in that room.

Kavanaugh Backer Says Sexual Assault Allegation Could Have Been Just “Rough Horseplay”

Seems to me that mayhap them GOP’ers think most women in the country are ignorant, dumb and gullible.

Let me get this straight.

Led by Reflublican Senator Grassley, who said the withheld records had no bearing on the worthiness of Mr. Kavanaugh to be a justice, they still prepared a list of 65 women from Kavanaugh’s high school years that declared he was as clean as a baby’s butt.

How is it that they had that list ready if they were not already aware of the secret from Kav’s high school years?

Seems to me that mayhap them GOP’ers think most women in the country are ignorant, dumb and gullible.

GOP will proceed at their own political risk come the elections.

mom is mad

“But even so, the way in which chair Chuck Grassley and the 10 other male Republicans on the committee handle Ford’s accusation will tell us a good deal about them and about the state of the gender battlefield. Will these men dismiss the allegation because it was too long ago? Will they attack the accuser and seek to shame her over hidden details of her life? Will they argue there is “only” one claim, and one is not enough? Will they say that 65 women’s signatures on one letter cancel one woman’s accusation in another? Will they turn the occasion into a chance to attack the Democrats and try to motivate their base for the midterms?

For months, the male leaders of the administration and the GOP insisted on silence on the real issue at stake. But despite their best efforts, the monster has finally come out of the walls. Will the Senate, and American politics, face it, or has the last year of gender piety been nothing but show?

In the year of #MeToo, will male authorities claim their traditional power to silence female dissent? Or will they—at last—take their offices seriously and find some way, fair to Kavanaugh and to Ford, to get at the truth?”

https://www.theatlantic.com/…/2018/09/kavanaugh/570406/

“I would hate to be any Republican going forward in their career, not just in this election that will stand up and say, ‘No, we weren’t even willing to listen.’

That would be going against an entire societal wave that is happening in our culture, that is going against an entire gender reboot of who we are.”

Women are expected to turn out in droves for the November election, and Deutsch said Kavanaugh’s confirmation could risk GOP congressional majorities.

“Not only the House is gone, will put the Senate in real, real, real, real play,” he said. “If the Republicans are tone deaf here it will be a death spiral for them.” – Donny Deutsch – MSNBC

Brennan is not a national security threat. He is in fact a role model for patriotism in its highest form.

Just Grow Up

Bottom line  is that it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong six months ago, a year ago, two years ago. What does matter is the we absolutely stop trying to travel forward while keeping our eyes on the rear-view-mirror.

The next day an insecure U.S. president – apparently terrified of being held accountable for his overall personal behavior and his failure to model wise governance and genuine love of country –  pulled Brennan’s security clearance.

The truth of the matter is that were a former U.S. President still living, he would have repudiated the sitting president brutally.

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt, How to Criticize the President

“Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where the people are themselves free. Our Government is the servant of the people, whereas in Germany it is the master of the people. This is because the American people are free and the German people are not free.

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole.

Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right.

Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile.

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.

Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.”

The Story Behind Jeff Flake’s Teddy Roosevelt Quote on Why Criticizing the President Matters

Bottom line  is that it doesn’t matter who was right and who was wrong six months ago, a year ago, two years ago. What does matter is the we absolutely stop trying to travel forward while keeping our eyes on the rear-view-mirror.

Just Grow Up

We white folks have several among us who are too touchy to function wisely.

A handout photo provided by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center, shows Dylann Storm Roof after he was apprehended as the main suspect in the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that killed nine people on June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Credit: Charleston County Sheriff’s Office

Turns out people get angry when you say white Americans are terrorists, too

“Other readers were mad. Really mad. 
Some of them objected to our decision to call the terrorists “white Americans” instead of “some white Americans” or “white American extremists.” Without qualifying the term, they argued, we were claiming that ALL white Americans were a terror threat. Other readers worried that the headline, though correct, was unnecessarily divisive. Some thought it was unfair to focus on racial data when the study’s summary didn’t call attention to it.

Other readers reported us to Facebook for posting hate speech. They called us racists and race-baiters. They said we were ignoring “white genocide.” They asked why were weren’t talking about “black-on-white crime.” One person threatened to file a discrimination lawsuit.
… It was a powerful reaction, and one we thought merited more discussion. So let’s take a closer look at the study and why we framed our story the way we did.”

If Trump slams you, you’re doing the right things. Keep it up cause drug store patriots are whining.

Trump Slams NFL Players For Kneeling During National Anthem In Preseason Game

The cruel truth of the matter is that Trump is full of crap when challenging patriotic players. Another cruel truth is that if more white players took a knee, Trump’s opinion would be nothing but hypocritical blather.

Colin Kaepernick and a Landmark Supreme Court Case

The result of the case flipped the result to a six-to-three victory for the family, and Jackson’s opinion in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette stands as perhaps the greatest defense of freedom of expression ever formulated by a Supreme Court Justice—and, not incidentally, a useful message for the N.F.L.

The core idea in Jackson’s opinion is that freedom demands that those in power allow others to think for themselves. In nearly every line, Jackson’s opinion is haunted by the struggle on the battlefield against, in his phrase, “our present totalitarian enemies.” “Struggles to coerce uniformity of sentiment in support of some end thought essential to their time and country have been waged by many good, as well as by evil, men,” Jackson wrote. “Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard. It seems trite but necessary to say that the First Amendment to our Constitution was designed to avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings.” Such melodramatic phrasing may feel more appropriate for the worldwide crisis of that era than for the present one, but the message of tolerance also resonates on the less fraught setting of a football gridiron.”