Lessons from the Edge

Editor’s Note – Although this post was written before the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the points made are still valid and need to be heard.]

There are lessons to be learned when societies devolve into mob rule rather than the rule of law.

Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is a mild-mannered, highly respected law professor and appellate judge with a life-long sterling reputation. He is supported by hundreds of friends and colleagues who’ve known him personally and professionally, some since childhood. In his spare time he coaches his daughter’s basketball team and feeds the homeless. Only Oprah has more female fans.

When the Senate Judiciary Committee finished questioning Kavanaugh, his elevation to the Supreme Court seemed a sure thing. Predictably, his unprincipled opponents tossed a political grenade into his life on the eve of the Committee vote.

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Despite six FBI background investigations, Kavanaugh faced thirty-six-year-old accusations from high school of attempt rape, participating in a serial rape gang, and indecent exposure as a college student.

Mobs of protestors began demanding that his accusers must be believed. Some yelled their message in the face of senators.

Days before Kavanaugh was scheduled to respond at a second Committee hearing, he and his wife were interviewed by Martha McCallum of Fox News. MacCallum and her Fox colleagues expected fire and brimstone, instead Kavanaugh was restrained and judicious as he firmly denied the accusations.

Why would anyone expect outrage from a gentleman seated next to his wife while being questioned by one of the nicest and most respected women journalists in the business? He’s not accused of stupidity. It simply wasn’t the appropriate time and place or people.

Kavanaugh returned to the Committee hearing where his Democrat accusers expected to question Clark Kent. Kavanaugh looked more like the man with the red cape when he entered the Committee hearing room for the fight of his life. He took special care to straighten his name plate on the witness table, as if to say:

“That’s my name. I’m here to defend it. Prepare to reap the whirlwind.”

Kavanaugh powerfully refuted the accusations with righteous indignation. Naturally, the mob is  using it against him. It just isn’t acceptable behavior for a Supreme Court justice. Only a soft-centered Clark Kent can replace Anthony Kennedy.

It’s the old playbook, “damned if you do—damned if you don’t.” Mobs ran it against Jesus back in the day. That’s not to imply that Brett Kavanaugh compares to Jesus, and no such inference should be taken.  However, as He said, there’s no satisfying a mob of irrational antagonists:

“To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to each other: ‘We played the flute for you, but you didn’t dance; we sang a lament, but you didn’t weep!’ For John the Baptist did not come eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’”

As the criminal accusations collapse, Kavanaugh’s faultfinders are railing against a teen-age beer-bibber who  tossed ice in a bar 33 years ago. He likes using ICE. Understand?

The greatest disgrace is that lynch mob members are people sworn to uphold the Constitution. They write the laws the rest of us have to obey. U.S. senators furiously rejected his nomination when it was announced, promised to do everything possible to defeat him, and proclaimed him guilty before he responded to his accusers. They’ve denied Kavanaugh the presumption of innocence, and insist that we must believe his accusers, as if accusers never lie or mistakenly identify the accused. They don’t care if he’s guilty or innocent.

An innocent man isn’t supposed to get angry about that?

Throughout Christ’s ministry, His opponents accused him of violating Mosaic Law: being a drunkard, a deceiver, an evildoer, performing miracles by demonic power, Beelzebub himself, and claiming to be the Messiah, as if the Messiah wouldn’t make that claim.

Like our system of justice, Mosaic Law requires accusations to be corroborated:

“One witness cannot establish any wrongdoing or sin against a person, whatever that person has done. A fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

Jesus reaffirmed it.

Christ’s ultimate rebuttal to His accusers, whose power and position were threatened by His very existence, came when He asked them a question that none of us sinners would dare to ask:

“Who among you can convict Me of sin? If I tell you the truth, why don’t you believe Me?”

He reminds us that accusations are easy—conviction requires credible evidence.

The witnesses named by Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, including her life-long friend, have issued statements under penalty of felony that they either did not witness or have no memory of Kavanaugh assaulting Ford. There is no corroboration.

The experienced sex crimes prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, who questioned Ford at the Committee hearing issued a report concluding:

“A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them. For the reasons discussed below, I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.”

The seventh FBI background investigations was just completed. There is still no corroboration of any of the accusations. Nonetheless, Robespierre Democrats in the Senate are willing to ignore the Constitution to keep Kavanaugh off of the Supreme Court.

They reject the Western system of justice, which traces its roots back through the Magna Carta to Moses. The French Revolution is a hideous reminder of what can happen when it is ignored.

If Kavanaugh is defeated, any nominee identified as a “constitutionalist” will face the same fate.

It’s simple. The U.S. Constitution is kryptonite to progressives and socialist ideology, which traces back through Marx and Engels to every tyrant in world history.

God help us if we don’t stand with Jesus and Moses.

Jan LaRue is former Chief Counsel of Concerned Women for America; Senior Legal Analyst for Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families.

 

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Jan LaRue, Esq.
Jan LaRue is former Chief Counsel at Concerned Women for America; Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council; and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. She has had extensive public speaking and debate experience in law schools, universities, and national media on various constitutional issues. She is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court bars and co-author of Protecting Your Child in an X-Rated World. She currently writes as senior legal analyst for the American Civil Rights Union.

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