The political theater played out in the United States causes me sadness. I’m not upset because I had any investment in either the accuser or the accused beyond a general interest in the national goings-on. I don’t have any particularly helpful or meaningful insight into the specific problem of what to do with the information presented in the hearing as it relates to the nomination of an associate justice to the Supreme Court of the United States. In considering what I saw today, I can only think about the true injustice that it seems our elected officials are ignoring.
Why do we treat credible accusations so flippantly? Time and again, it’s been shown that women suffer retribution after coming forward about sexual misconduct and sexual assault. The very least that Americans should do is consider the weight of those accusations on the accuser as well as the accused. It’s a reality that any political matter will eventually lead to an examination of political motives, but not everything is politics.
Some things are real. Christine Blasey Ford is real. She sat in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and spoke as a real-life human. There she was, in flesh and blood, and yet she carried with her so much more than herself. In her words, she gave voice to the frustrations victims of sexual crimes throughout the modern world.
In an age of such interconnected communication, it amazes me how quick humans are to pick one of the two sides of a story presented when the truth is always somewhere in-between. How wide the distance is between the accuser and the accused in relation to the truth is not something I am debating, but I hope that you, reader, understand that what happened today brought no justice in a country that pledges “Liberty and Justice for all” as an ideal worthy of allegiance. Have we lost our loyalty to what makes us truly American?
I don’t have a simple solution to the complicated problem our senators face when they stand to vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. But I do know this: I want to live among a people who don’t put political agendas in front of seeking Liberty and Justice.
For all. This truth is self-evident: all humans are created equal. Here at the end of this day, I think it is prudent to reflect on what I really believe about my country. Do we believe in Liberty and Justice for all humans?