“We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming across the world. It sells newspapers. Whenever we meet anyone, our first, almost unconscious reaction may be to look for imperfections.
—Henry B. Eyring
There was a time — in the not so distant past — that most Americans could engage in a discussion of local, state and national politics without fisticuffs or the ending of a friendship.
Those days are apparently behind us.
Just when we thought the vitriol and hatred could not get any worse, along comes the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The yelling and screaming wasn’t coming just from the audience filled with those who believe Kavanaugh’s approval as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court would be the end of Roe vs. Wade and gay rights. It was also coming from the members of the U.S. Senate.
As we go to press early Saturday morning, President Donald Trump has apparently agreed to allow a deeper investigation of Kavanaugh by the FBI as requested by one of the Republican swing votes, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Az.)
According to the Associated Press, Republican leaders said — and Trump ordered — the new probe be limited in scope. Whatever the outcome of the investigation, one side or the other in this screaming match will still be screaming.Flake put it best, we think, when he said Friday morning, “The country is being ripped apart here.”
It seems unlikely — unless there is evidence that has not been disclosed — that the allegations will be disproved or proved. We will probably be right back where we ended the week.
If the allegations prove to be true, shame on Judge Kavanaugh.
If the allegations cannot be substantiated, shame on those who have threatened Dr. Christine Blasey Ford who came forward with what she believed to be the truth.