Dear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: We Need to Talk...
Dear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford:
My what a week. You've been thrust into the news, your identity outed, and have received what I can only assume to be a deluge of written and spoken abuse, ranging from the sadistically creepy to barbarically violent. I've received some online abuse myself, just for writing columns some internet whack-nuts found displeasing. So on the threats from insane people, I do sympathize. Nothing justifies threats of violence. Hard stop.
Setting aside the aforementioned lunatics wishing you harm, I wonder if you understand where your critics, such as myself, are coming from. I ask because it seems you've chosen to surround yourself with leftist activists who may not have your best interests at heart. Who may be using you for political gain. Or perhaps you're not so naive. Maybe you've intentionally stacked your legal team with activists.
Whether you chose your legal team for political reasons or not, whether you wrote your letter, dated July 30, 2018 for political purposes or not, my question is the same: can you understand why so many people question not only the veracity of your accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, but the timing of it?
See, Dr. Ford, unlike #MeToo accusations of the past, your accusation breaks patterns. After Harvey Weinstein was accused of harassment, abuse, and even rape, I watched the Paparazzi -- mostly men -- kiss his dimpled ass. Tabloid rags would target Weinstein's accusers maliciously in what appeared to be coordinated smear campaigns. So it was understandable why women would be hesitant to come forward against him and other powerful, well-connected men. Okay?
It took one victim, then two victims of Weinstein's to making their accusations known for many others to follow. Power, as they say, in numbers.
Your accusation against Kavanaugh, true or not, doesn't follow the pattern. For one, at the time of the alleged incident, according to you, Kavanaugh was 17, you were 15. A boy who's not yet of legal voting age is hardly a man of power who could destroy your entire life with a phone call. A bad fart joke, maybe. I make light for the humor of it, not to equate what you say was "attempted rape" with scatological humor.
Secondly, no other woman has said "Me too." Not one. In fact the opposite: women have come out in support of Kavanaugh. As of the writing of this post, no one but you insists this event ever happened.
Thirdly, for an event which you claim was so negatively impactful on your life, you remember very little. Like where it happened. Because here's what tickles my curiosity, Dr. Ford, you don't remember how you got home. Did you get a ride or walk? Because if you walked, you had your bearings and knew how to get home from your point of origin. And if you got a ride, as you were not of driving age, then someone picked you up. A witness who may corroborate your account. But you insist you can't remember.
Do you see why it's so hard to believe your story?
Step outside yourself for a second. Shed your politics for a moment. How would you react to news a woman wrote a letter to her senator about a Supreme Court nominee, not just some 36 years after the incident allegedly occurred, but long after Kavanaugh became a federal judge. But now, just now, after the Democrat crowing, after media making every judicial appointment, every policy shift a life or death issue, that's when you decide to break your silence?
If your concern was "this man could one day be powerful," why did you wait until just before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court? Why didn't you say something ten years ago? Twenty? Thirty? If what Kavanaugh allegedly did was so terrible, why not go after him one week after the event? Trauma? Okay, what about a month? A year? TEN YEARS? Before he could amass power and influence?
Sorry, but I'm scratching my head here. Then again, I'm not sure what a sophomore was doing at the same party as seniors. I heard somewhere that you said this party happened in the summer. Granted I was a bit of a goody-two-shoes, but what were you doing there at all?
If you really don't want this man to be a justice on the Supreme Court, so much so you had to break a 36-year long silence, then why aren't you talking to the Senate Judiciary Committee? Now? Why all the demands to have your conditions met? Every time the Republicans offer you a chance for your voice to be heard, you dodge. Every time they try to accommodate your needs, you evade.
You even are unwilling to fly?
Dr. Ford has indicated to Republicans she doesn't want to fly, in part revealing why she doesn't want the hearing t… https://t.co/4I9zshK8NV— Burgess Everett (@Burgess Everett) 1537554297.0
Yikes, Dr. Ford.
Sorry for the language, but...
In light of all this, can you understand why someone like me would arch an eyebrow? Can you understand why the American people, men and women alike, would pause before granting you carte blanche belief?
Now it's come out one of your advisors was against Kavanaugh from the start and hoped some plot might emerge to derail his nomination. Your attorney, Debra Katz, is on tape promising a resistance. It's been alleged your parents had an axe to grind with the Kavanaughs.
And while you've been "bravely" trying to testify by evading testimony at every chance, no one else has come forward to attest to your story or share one like it. No one. Unprecedented. I can't that enough. Usually, Dr. Ford, where there's one, there's many. But not here. No, you seem to be extra special with a slice of lemon on top.
Do you get it, Dr. Ford? Do you understand why, despite knowing some men, especially teen boys, can be pigs, why I just can't believe you? Can you see why America is struggling with your case? Are you really surprised by the level of scrutiny you're receiving?
Because much of this blowback could've been avoided had you at least told someone about what allegedly happened to you, as victims have characteristically done, when the event actually allegedly happened.
I'll close with this. Dr. Ford, whether you went into this with eyes wide open, suspecting your letter to Dianne Feinstien would blow open, or whether the Democrats are taking you for a ride, the precedent your accusation is setting is dangerous. You are not fighting for abuse victims. You are not giving voice to the voiceless. You are not David striking Goliath between his deep-set eyes. You are seeking the destruction of a man's life. Your true motive is only known to you, I can only speculate. But the repercussions of what you're doing, for whatever reason you're doing this, will not ripple through our society, but tear asunder a currently fragile bond between men and women. Possibly irreparably. You will set a precedent that all one has to do, to completely ruin a man's life, is allege... something. Not even rape. No witnesses required. No proof of when and where. Just level an accusation, pepper in some names, and fin.
Women of America don't need you to stand up for them. Women of America, who love their men, need you to consider what it is you're doing, and if this is nothing but a political charade, to stand down.