Watching the Ford/ Kavanaugh Hearings

Yesterday, I listened to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. I found both testimonies compelling. I agree with Senator Jeff Flake’s speech asking the Senate and the nation to treat both Ford and Kavanaugh with human decency as both go through this difficult process. Both have undergone intense political attacks, attacks on their families and death threats. Their testimonies are being seen through the filter of intense partisan lenses and they both have become caricatures of the complex human beings that both are.

Michael Gerson wrote an article for the Washington Post titled We No Longer Want to Just Win. We Want to Destroy. In that article, Gerson wrote:

There is a strong current of dehumanization running in our politics. The rival crew, it turns out, is not only wrong but evil. And how can mortal enemies embrace the give and take of a shared political project? Only the raw exercise of power can decide between them. The goal is no longer to win arguments but to crush opposition.

This is the moral risk of extreme political polarization: dehumanization. In our circumstance, it has emerged in the bipartisan dehumanization of political opponents and in the nativist dehumanization of certain groups: migrants, refugees and Muslims. This is not politics as usual; it is political pyromania. Our democracy is designed for disagreement. It is broken by mutual contempt.

The way this Senate hearing seems to me to be unfair to both Ford and Kavanaugh. Without corraborating witnesses, an accurate timeline of events, and other evidence to help us judge the accuracy of Ford and Kavanaugh’s testimonies, the hearings are set up as a he said/she said situation where one can’t test the credibility of either person. Ford and Kavanaugh told opposing testimonies where it is impossible to go down the middle to believe both people. Ford is insisting that Kavanaugh raped her; Kavanaugh insists he didn’t and wasn’t even in the party that Ford alleges he attended.

I have some questions.

Is Kavanaugh’s objections to an FBI investigation valid in that the FBI doesn’t do credibility assessments? Would an FBI investigation help make this clearer or would it just unnecessarily prolong the process for both Kavanaugh and Ford?

If Mark Judge was present in Christine Blasey Ford’s alleged assault, why hasn’t he been asked to testify?

Is it possible to call in the other individuals whom Ford testified were in the party that she described? Would it be possible to ask some of Ford and Kavanaugh’s former high school classmates to testify about what both were like in high school? Would it be possible to ask these classmates about Kavanaugh’s drinking habits at that time, and whether his behavior changed after heavy drinking?

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He does a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippines Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since March 2013, he has also contributed cartoons to the Manila Mail, a Filipino American newspaper based in Washington D.C. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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