As a black American, I have a particular sensitivity to the importance of the concept of the presumption of innocence and due process of law.
Few Millennials and modern journalists know of the famous Emmett Till murder case in Mississippi in the 1950’s. It was one of the first major national civil rights murder cases.
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old black boy visiting Mississippi from Chicago. He was beaten beyond recognition, shot, tied with barbed wire, and thrown into Mississippi’s Tallahatchie River.
Because of an accusation — a mere accusation — that he flirted with a white woman.
Till was only one of the more well known of the many thousands of blacks in the old American South who were tortured, castrated, burned alive, or lynched based only on an accusation of flirtation or sexual assault — they were presumed guilty.
There was no presumption of innocence and no requirement of due process!
With this despicable history as backdrop, it is more than disgusting to see Democrats in the United States Senate trample the basic principle of presumption of innocence and apply the old South standard of presumption of guilt once applied to blacks to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
For Kavanaugh, just as was the case for black males in the old South, there is no presumption of innocence and no requirement of due process by his enemies.
Yesterday, blacks’ enemies were Democrat segregationists and their shock troops in the Klu Klux Klan.
Today, Kavanaugh’s enemies denying him due process and presumption of innocence are progressive and liberal white Democrats and their friends on the left — who disrupted confirmation hearings — and forced Senator Ted Cruz and his wife from a Washington, D.C., restaurant.
They assume that Kavanaugh is guilty in the face of an accusation by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual assault 36 years ago.
And whom are some of these liberal Democrats who wish to return to the “presumed guilty” standard that was applied to blacks in the old Democrat South?
- Judiciary Committee member Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., “I believe Dr. Ford.”
- Judiciary Committee member Senator Kamala Harris, D-Ca., a former Attorney General of California, who is black: “I believe her.”
- Judiciary Committee member Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii: “Not only do women like Dr. Ford, who bravely comes forward, need to be heard, but they need to be believed.”
- Senator Chris Coons, D-Del., “It is Judge Kavanaugh…who I think now bears the burden of disproving these allegations.”
- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., "I believe her. Her story is credible."
No mention of getting the facts. No mention of Judge Kavanaugh deserving due process. All they want is to get Kavanaugh.
Under the Democrats’ new no-due-process standard, any accusation of sexual assault by a woman will be an education and career death sentence for fathers, husband, and sons throughout the nation in all professions.
And now liberals are salivating over two more Democrat “Hail Mary” uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh — Deborah Ramirez accusing Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a dorm party at Yale; and, a third, Julie Swetnick, a client of Stormy Daniels’ attorney and Trump hater Michael Avenatti, who alleges he was present at a 1982 party where she was drugged and raped.
Both allegations are suspicious with coincidental timing. The New York Times refused to print the Ramirez story and the most resent revelation has an “Avenatti” taint with neither specifics nor names.
This all seems like the weaponizing and politicizing of sexual assault. It would be interesting to learn to whom these accusers and associates are politically and financially connected.
The liberal atmosphere has become so shameless and vile that comedian Jimmy Kimmel thinks it is acceptable to make a crude and lewd joke about Kavanaugh being castrated.
Regardless of whether or not Dr. Ford attends the hearing tomorrow, if it even occurs — which it should — the entire process has been made a travesty and circus by Senate Democrats and their allies on the left.
Are there no Democrats in the United States Senate with a sense of decency unwilling to sit by while their colleagues attempt to destroy a man’s career, life, and family?
In his confirmation hearings in 1991, then Supreme Court nominee, and now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, described the attacks on him as:
“…a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you…”
Today, Democrats and the left are participating in a “high tech lynching” of Kavanaugh because he is a conservative, has ideas different from the liberal Democratic establishment, and does not “kowtow” to the old liberal order.
As Thomas said: “I think something is dreadfully wrong with this country when any person, any person in this free country would be subjected to this… This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace.”
Judge Kavanaugh and his family must feel the same way.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns. He is a former co-owner of WTVT-TV in Tampa and former president of the Florida Association of Broadcasters. Read more of his reports — Go Here Now.
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