Confirmation process or political circus?


I can’t even process completely the miasma of misinformation, inflexibility, demands and accusations and everything else that is making up the hearings surrounding the current nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

The man is being put through a meat grinder, mostly by Democrats, and to my mind, this is happening because he had the temerity to be nominated by President Donald Trump.

I have yet to hear anything negative about his time on the bench, or his qualifications, except to say that Roe v. Wade will be repealed and women will be killed indiscriminately.

Then, of course, there is the last-minute Hail Mary effort from Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-I’ve Got A Secret, who produced a letter from a woman who claims that in high school she was savaged by Kavanaugh at a party of some sort.

That was about 40 years ago, by the way.

Setting aside the inconsistent nature of the events in the claim by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, because seriously, I’m not an investigator, I’m completely outraged at the posturing, insults, unsubstantiated claims and lack of decorum that this confirmation hearing has seen.

One of the most essential aspects of a free society is due process, and as I grew up understanding things, this meant that a person is innocent until proven guilty — beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Everything that has occurred in the last couple of weeks, though, has belied that concept, and it seems that even the mere hint of an accusation is deemed enough to convict a person.

Moreover, it is the accused’s right to face his accuser, yet that is being denied in these hearings, as the accuser is setting the terms for her testimony, demanding an FBI investigation.

The battle lines have been drawn, and of course, social media is blowing up with one side looking to have Kavanaugh roasted on a spit, and the other making fun of the senator and the alleged victim.

The saddest cut here, though, is that the people we have elected to uphold and create the laws have set aside their oaths and any semblance of decorum and procedure, and have made a mockery of the process.

Feinstein had this information for months, yet did nothing. The suspect sat on the allegations for 40 years, yet did nothing. The FBI did up to five different investigations, and found nothing. So anyone with any semblance of intelligence can see that this can only be an attempt to derail the nomination made by a president that has been the subject of a two-year-long attack.

Furthermore, if this is now the process that is acceptable for government appointees, then I submit that all federal employees be put through the same process. If there is even one hint of impropriety — and remember, there’s no time limit any more — then the employee is removed.

And when you think about it, we might actually get a government that we can be proud of, if everyone in it is beyond reproach.

Now, about those elected officials …

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.