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Views from the Right column: Innocence and guilt

By D.M. OKeefe 

I hadn't planned to write about Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court because too many of us already have information overload. But the fallout from the hearings needs to be addressed.

I don't believe most Democrats support the political left's antics, threats and doom-ridden messages witnessed during and following the Senate hearings. I wonder, though, how many Democrats and Independents condemn Kavanaugh's confirmation without having watched every televised minute of the testimony and reading disclosed documents. National news reports, commentary and analysis are hardly trustworthy these days. And believing 10-word opinions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram without investigating sources is foolish.

Most Americans are not ready for a civil war with their politically philosophical opposites because of one Supreme Court justice. If that were the case, it would have started long ago over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Kavanaugh was not proven guilty in a court of law and pronouncing him guilty is much like what once preceded lynchings and witch drownings.

Contrary to the opinion of CNN's activist commentator, Sally Kohn, women now concerned about their husbands and sons being falsely accused of sexual assault are not Republicans only. They cover the political spectrum. Many of us are concerned about protecting the basis of American jurisprudence, the rights of presumed innocence until proven guilty and due process of law. The Constitution does not support guilt by public opinion. Women should not be believed simply because they're women.

Justice Kavanaugh is a constitutionalist, so I'm puzzled by the political left's fear of his decisions over civil liberties. Do they not believe in Constitutional rights and protections? Does the wellbeing of the country truly revolve around whether or not the Roe v. Wade decision or transgender bathroom privileges are re-evaluated? We have many other important issues that could come before the Court. Justice Kavanaugh is one voice out of nine.

The five to four decisions coming out of the Court concern conservatives as much as progressives. Should those who dislike the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission ruling—money is free speech so corporations and unions can make political donations—blame it on Justice John Roberts because he's conservative? Didn't he rule in favor of the Affordable Care Act, of which conservatives disapprove? Should we have marched on Washington in 2010 to harass the legislature and Court?

The left's reactions to Kavanaugh are similar to those to Donald Trump's presidency. Despite ongoing dire warnings, Trump has destroyed neither the country nor civil liberties. The economy is better with tax cuts, small businesses are happy with deregulation, employment is higher than imagined, and no one without insurance is dying outside locked clinic doors. North Korea hasn't launched missiles, the NAFTA replacement has few casualties, and car sales are booming. Government subsidies for Americans have not gone away. We aren't roasting from global warming and fewer people worldwide are starving.

The political left is reinterpreting some of our valuable constitutional freedoms. The American Civil Liberties Union, for example, has taken a detour by publicly condemning the FBI report on Justice Kavanaugh, a seventh during his career, because Democrats didn't like the conclusions. Partisan leaders are changing the ACLU's original non-partisan mission. That profits only some and a lot of Americans think it's unjust.

Before I'm accused of not understanding female assault victims, as Christine Blasey Ford is assumed to be, I've been one—twice, long ago, while a teen. I reported. I remember the who, what, when and where. Yet, despite unsatisfactory resolutions, I don't want those screaming for retribution over unfairness to ever be in Justice Kavanaugh's position, tried outside a court of law.

Our Founding Fathers reversed guilty until proven innocent jurisprudence 231 years ago. It's time for some citizens to recognize that.