A week ago, my United States Government teacher said “A week ago, I had no doubt Kavanaugh would be appointed, but within five days, everything has changed; I am not so sure anymore.”
On Tuesday, he said, “I think Kavanaugh will get appointed, but the damage will be seen during the midterms.”
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, the American public was right alongside my teacher: wondering what will happen, eyes glued to their televisions during testimonies, ears perked up, listening for the next accusation to be made against either side. Well, if it gives you any comfort, a nearly three-week-long conflict, full of accusations and tension, may have come to a close today. You and my teacher may no longer need to speculate anxiously, but are there bigger issues on the horizon?
Just a few hours ago, the Senate voted on whether or not to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination after a hearing about claims of sexual assault, and a subsequent FBI investigation. The result: Kavanaugh’s nomination will advance.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, I sympathize with both sides of the argument; Kavanaugh evidently has a conflicted past. One full of alcohol and partying. But Kavanaugh also made a good point during his testimony on Capitol Hill; every Senator has an agenda, simply because they are human. Basically they want what furthers their position and power. Furthermore, there is the issue that sexual assault would utterly disqualify Kavanaugh for consideration for a position on The Supreme Court.
As a teen growing up in a more progressive, pro-women’s rights and self-advocacy society I believe strongly that a women’s position in society needs to be at the forefront of any policy and most especially in regards to sexual assault. Assault against women is vulgar and disgusting.
But after all the testimony and the additional FBI investigation, that doesn’t mean Kavanaugh assaulted anyone. In all honesty, I don’t know what happened thirty-six years ago, and I don’t think Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey-Ford truly do either. Which is more to the point isn’t it?
As to be expected after the aforementioned decision, there will be an uproar from the left, leading to clashes between the left and the right. One such clash has already occurred. CNN reported just an hour ago that protests from both sides clashed while protesting at swing vote Senator’s office. Washington police have already detained two men, and an assault spearheaded by a woman outside Republican Senator Susan Collins office is being investigated. Again, we find ourselves divided, breaking the American bond.
I might be growing up in a progressive society one full of people with different ideas about what progress is. What is concerning for my generation is it is full of people willing to physically harm others if it means “progress.” I used to watch television during my childhood and see the war efforts going on in the Middle East and was content knowing there was no violence in my country amongst citizens. But now, all I see school shootings and protests.
The moral of the story: We need to get over our dispositions and beliefs. We need to break away from the ideals and institutions that cause divide because we are all Americans. Our ancestors fought in wars so that we could protest and be free, but is violence and divide what freedom looks like?