The Ford/Kavanaugh Hearings Part 2

I got some unexpected reactions to yesterday’s blog I wrote about the Ford/Kavanaugh hearings. I though I’d write this follow up to clarify what I thought.

I believe that Thursday’s hearings were set up where two individuals are talking and there are no witnesses or no sort of investigations to back up what either Ford or Kavanaugh are saying. So the Senate hearing was set up by the commission to be a he said/she said situation. That is unfair to both Ford and Kavanaugh.

I thought Kavanaugh was being defensive in his testimony. I think he was playing to a conservative audience in his testimony. That may show that he has a bias that may raise legitimate questions about his impartiality on certain issues that may come up on the Supreme Court. That doesn’t necessarily show he is guilty or innocent though of sexual assault.

I don’t agree with Kavanaugh’s politics and I don’t want him in the Supreme Court. But I also don’t want his personal life destroyed or his reputation ruined without first investigating the accusations. I don’t like Kavanaugh’s politics, but I don’t know what he’s like on a personal level. In a similar way, I don’t want Christine Blasey Ford to come under personal attacks and have threats on her family for having the courage to speak out. Ford’s sexual assault accusations should be taken seriously and investigated.

I personally think, for the sake of both Ford and Kavanaugh, we should continue the investigation into the accusations. And those investigations should be done by a nonpartisan body, not the Senate, where both the Republicans and the Democrats have a vested interest in how the investigation would turn out.

Ford requested an FBI investigation and I think that is a good idea. Talk to the people who were in the party that Ford talked about. Question Mark Judge. Find out whether Kavanaugh had other incidents of heavy drinking and belligerent behavior during his high school and college years. Test the credibility of the individuals making the accusations. And give Kavanaugh a chance to defend himself.

If that means extending the length of the investigation past a week, then so be it. If the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment, then we should take the time necessary in the moment to investigate this and be sure about Kavanaugh.

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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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