POLITICS ASIDE

Justice Kavanaugh may have been seated on the supreme court but the controversy is far from over because nothing was actually settled.  Most people view the debacle as a political battle; nothing could be farther from the truth.  The goal for both sides might well have been to score political gains but the arena was in the judicial field.

It is beyond question that the sequence of events surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation has divided this country more widely than ever and unless some resolution is made it will continue to do so.

Below is the text of a letter that I wrote to the Viewpoints Editor of the Houston Chronicle the day before the confirmation vote  It was published in the October 7th edition

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“We are currently writing an ugly chapter in our national saga.  Without regard to whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh is seated on the Supreme Court, his nomination and the pushback against it will leave lasting scars on our political and judicial systems.  If left unresolved the allegations brought against Kavanaugh will cause irreparable harm to the nation.

As it stands now we have his truth, Christine Blasey Ford’s truth but not the truth.  Both sides have highly vocal supporters vociferously defending what they perceive to be the facts but lacking evidence to support their positions.  If our traditional approach to jurisprudence is to be regained and maintained this conundrum must be solved.  However, it will not be unraveled by the legislative branch of the government nor in the court of public opinion.

Our only hope for reaching the truth lies in the judicial system.  Each person who has submitted sworn affidavits or testimony in the Kavanaugh controversy must be brought before a grand jury and have their statements properly vetted.

A seated Justice Kavanaugh, if found to be in the wrong, could be impeached and then brought up on criminal charges  If others are found to be guilty of perjury or other offenses they need to face whatever consequences the law dictates.  Someone one is not being truthful and their lies are tearing this nation apart.

This controversy cannot be allowed to continue, the dangers to our country are too real and too grave for this to be swept under the rug and ignored.”

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If an advantage can be gained by being untruthful and there are no repercussions for lying under oath, there is also no incentive to be truthful.

Thank you for taking time to read this post and I welcome your comments.

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About rixlibris

Retired from child care photography after thirty years of coaxing smiles and wiping noses. Currently venting years of repressed fictional story lines via self-published novels. Married and still alive in a remote corner of Waller County, Texas.
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2 Responses to POLITICS ASIDE

  1. The problem is I don’t know how THE TRUTH will be established. Without physical evidence it can never be anything but a “he said-she said” situation can it?

    • rixlibris says:

      You are absolutely correct in a “he said-she said” situation where no evidence is presented. The problem that I am addressing is that allegations are being brought forward as political weapons and given credence by being sworn to under oath. Reputations are sullied and lives ruined and when the unfounded allegations achieve their results (or fail to do so) they go away but the destruction they wreak remains. There needs to be repercussions for those false allegations which are sworn to under oath. Only this will cause people who weaponize such charges to have second thoughts. As for people who are truly victims, the best approach is to report the offense as soon as possible. Talk to someone, parents, police, trusted friends, anyone who can then corroborate the offense when and if needed, The presumption of innocence must be preserved but by the same token, people who knowingly swear
      to a lie under penalty of perjury must face the consequences of their lying under oath..

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