As always, Democrats turn everything on its head.
If I accuse someone of doing me wrong I expect that I will need to prove it. My accusation imposes two burdens on me. First, I have the burden of going forward. That means I have to get my case before some sort of tribunal willing to hear my complaint and decide the guilt or innocence of the person I’ve accused. The tribunal must have the power to do something about it if my claim is legit. The second burden I have is to introduce evidence which if believed will establish the bone fides of my claim. You might say I even have a third burden. I have to substantiate the amount of damages to which I am entitled for having suffered the particular wrongdoing. No harm, no foul is a general rule.
Until I’ve met those three burdens the person I’ve accused need not say or do anything other than make an initial response of denial or confession. The person I’ve accused does have certain rights that are triggered when I first make the accusation and continue until the matter if finally decided one way or the other.
Anyone accused of something has the right to demand proof. He has the right to demand due process before he can be found guilty or liable to me for damages. The very essence of due process is his right to confront his accuser. He has the right to demand to see all the evidence the accuser relies on to prove the claim. He has the right to cross examine his accuser and the witnesses who testify against him.
The is basic stuff. It’s how human’s have conducted these affairs for as much human history that we know of. There are at least 100 biblical references to the right of an accused to confront his accusers. Here’s one from the Book of Acts, 25:16:
I answered them that it was not the custom of the Romans to give up anyone before the accused met the accusers face to face and had opportunity to make his defense concerning the charge laid against him.
Acts and the Gospel of Luke make up a two-part work by the same anonymous author and was written around 80-90 AD. These basic notions of justice long pre-dated that wisdom.
Today’s Democrats don’t think this way unless they are the ones accused of wrong doing. When they accuse someone like Judge Kavanaugh of some youthful sexual peccadillo 36 years ago, in their minds that is supposed to be the end of it. He’s automatically guilty because he has been accused.
Christine Ford has made the following demands before she will deign to sustain even the first of the three burdens I outlined above. She insists that Kavanaugh present whatever he has to say before she gives any testimony at all. That’s crazy. The accuser, the plaintiff, always goes first. What Ford is demanding would be like a baseball pitcher saying to the batter, “You swing first, then I’ll throw the ball.”
She says she will not submit to any questioning by attorneys. She wants be the drive-by shooter. Ride in, shoot up the place, and then haul ass out of there.
That worthless liberal rag, The Denver Post, stands with the Democrats, saying, “Kavanaugh must now clear his name if he is to be confirmed.” He doesn’t have to clear his name because his name has not been sullied by a twit who can only make accusations she refuses to substantiate.
It’s asinine. The GOP has better stop humoring this cretin idiot if they want to remain in office after the mid-terms. GOP voters are not about to reward then with their votes if they cannot muster enough backbone to smack this down and proceed to installing one of the best and highest recognized judicial scholars in the country on the U.S. Supreme Court.
McConnell is on it: “You’ve watched the fight. You’ve watched the tactics, But here’s what I want to tell you: In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court… Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re gonna plow right through it and do our job.”
If they want to keep their jobs they will. McConnell doesn’t have a good tract record of keeping his promises. He made lots promises to the people of Kentucky when he was last up for re-election. Soon as the election was over and he had won, those promises were forgotten.