Last week, America bore witness to a man of exceptional privilege accused of sexual assault by a woman. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is perilously close to being confirmed to a lifetime term as a Supreme Court Justice - a position of tremendous authority and power, including taking away a women’s control over her own physical and emotional destiny. In a quest to advance a political agenda, the Senate Judiciary committee almost bypassed the responsibility of due diligence, despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sincere, powerful, and heroic testimony.
From our car radios, television screens, smart phones, and tablets, we saw the sacred process of a confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court of the United States of America turned partisan and political by both the nominee and Republican Senators – a blow to not only our system of justice but the balance and separation of power among the three branches of the United States government.
And this week, over and over, we heard the tired old phrase “boys will be boys” and the oversimplification that this is simply a matter of “she said, he said.” As women, we know no sane person would subject themselves to public scrutiny, ire and exposure for political gain as has been said of Dr. Ford’s actions. She is not a pawn. She is a strong woman who is someone to be admired by all. This week, while the FBI background investigation continues, there is much work to be done by all of us:
Sen. Diane Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
Sen. Kamala Harris: (202) 224-3553
United States Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Pass along to your friends and family in Maine or Alaska:
Sen. Susan Collins: (202) 224-2523
Sen. Lisa Murkowski: (202) 224-6665
It is imperative that the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh be fully investigated. Do not let the Republicans railroad this confirmation. It is too important for women. It is too important for justice. And it is simply too important for our democracy.