What does it take?

By Ken Frederic | Oct 11, 2018

We now have a new associate justice on the Supreme Court. We also have tax conformity here in Maine. That is good news. How we got these results is another matter. Nobody who knows the facts can honestly assess the behavior of our elected representatives in Augusta and Washington as anything but a disgrace and an enduring humiliation to us all. I do not know the words to describe adequately my own fury, and we well know that the other side is furious, but the undifferentiated fury over the past two years makes it impossible to discern what anger is real and what is feigned.

Tax conformity finally passed the Maine Legislature with no opposition, and that alone demonstrates that it was never controversial. That sorry performance, at least, was simple extortion by those who seem to believe the purpose of every legislative session is to redistribute further the incomes of people who earn their money to those who vote for it. The Kavanaugh matter is more sinister. Unable to make any legitimate case against President Donald Trump’s nominee, Democrats made good on the earlier promises (by Schumer, Blumenthal, Feinstein and Durban) to oppose any nominee by any means necessary.

Reciting the details will only waste space. All informed and rational observers will agree with Sen. Lindsey Graham that those 10 Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee victimized both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Not only did they use Christine Ford as a pawn in their treacherous scheme to delay the proceedings, but they deliberately orchestrated a public circus, believing this fragile woman would publicly collapse under questioning by Republicans. Republicans frustrated that objective, as well as their supporters, by not challenging her testimony.

We learned that one of two Dr. Fords is real. One is a talented and deceitful actress who skillfully adopted a prepubescent upspeak to deliver perjured testimony. The other is a woman who has been massively traumatized and at best retains a tenuous grip on reality. Whichever Christine Ford is real, her story is an impossible fantasy that defies fundamental logic and common experience, as detailed by Rachel Mitchel in her Sept. 30 letter to the committee. Sen. Susan Collins also described, in very measured detail, why the allegations against Kavanaugh do not meet even minimum standards of credibility.

The point is not what anyone believes (or professes to believe) about Christine Ford’s accusation. The point is whether we can reconcile our own integrity with enabling what we saw done during this confirmation process. All of us know the treacherous Democratic strategy of withholding information from the committee and leaking Ford’s identity while withholding from her the information that she could be interviewed privately. Rush Limbaugh reported that the FBI has found evidence Democratic operatives tampered with witnesses and likely suborned perjury.

It’s a sad commentary that such people live among us and it’s shameful that they manage to be elected to represent us. Being elected, however, does not mean that such folks represent our values and ethics. They surely do not represent mine or those of anyone I do or would associate with. I cannot but believe they do not represent a great many readers as well. If you, too, have finally had enough, it’s time to recognize that only a massive electoral rejection will encourage the Democratic party to reassess its radical policies, strategies, ethics and tactics of intimidation and personal destruction. Absent that, we’ll see another two years of $13/hour "grassroots" mobs defiling our streets, our media and the halls of our public buildings.

We all face, now, a profound question of conscience: Will we encourage two more years of replacing legitimate expression with mob violence by sending anyone to Augusta or to Washington who participated in (or failed to denounce) these shameful tactics? For me, that’s not a difficult question, none of them was going to get my vote, anyway.

But, surely there are others still struggling to reconcile their own integrity with their horror and revulsion at the lack of integrity displayed in Augusta and in Washington this year by people who were supposed to represent them. To them I say it isn’t necessary to #walkaway or vote for the opposing party if that’s a bridge too far. If you are facing the crisis of conscience I suspect many are, there is an option of simply not voting for any candidate who betrayed your trust and values or supported and enabled those who did.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 11, 2018 17:28

But, to walk away is cowardly. There is satisfaction in voting and trying to change! A difficult political mess!



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