A Dress Rehearsal for Impeachment

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was approved on an 11-to-10 party line vote on Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Yet his confirmation is not assured.

Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, has demanded and gotten as the price of his vote on the floor a weeklong delay. And the GOP Senate has agreed to Democratic demands for a new FBI investigation of all credible charges of sexual abuse against the judge.

Astonishing. With a quarter century in public service, Kavanaugh has undergone six FBI field investigations. They turned up nothing like the charges of sexual misconduct leveled against him these last two weeks.

In his 30 hours of public testimony before the Judiciary Committee prior to Thursday, no senator raised an issue of a sexual misconduct.

But if Brett Kavanaugh is elevated to the Supreme Court, it will be because, in his final appearance, he tore up the script assigned to him. He set aside his judicial demeanor to fight for his good name with the passion and righteous rage of the innocent and good man he believes himself to be.

He turned an inquisition into his character and conduct as a teenager into a blazing indictment of the Democratic minority for what they were doing to his reputation and his family.

Rather than play the role of penitent, Kavanaugh did what Clarence Thomas did 30 years before. He attacked the character, conduct, and motives of his Democratic accusers.

And did the judge not speak the truth? With few exceptions, all four dozen Senate Democrats are determined to defeat him, even if that means destroying him.

They rejected Brett Kavanaugh the day he was nominated.

Why? Because the judge is a conservative and a Catholic, and hence an unreliable vote to sustain Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that discovered hidden in the Constitution a woman’s right to abort her unborn child.

The verdict on the judge came down in the hearts and minds of his enemies the moment that he was named. They had him convicted before they’d met him. And once his fate was decided, the only remaining issues were where to find the dirt to bury him with and how to make it look like they’d given him a fair hearing.

Contrast how Kavanaugh, who has served his country with distinction for decades, was treated on Thursday with how Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was treated.

Ford was greeted with courtly courtesy by Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley. No Republican senator asked her a question. Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor of sex crimes brought in from Arizona, quizzed her as though she were a 15-year-old girl who had just been attacked, not a 51-year-old woman whose uncorroborated accusations were set to not only to defeat a Supreme Court nomination but to destroy the career, family, and future of a federal judge.

After each five-minute session of polite questioning by Mitchell, Democratic senators took turns lauding Ford’s courage, bravery, and heroism in agreeing to appear.

Ford’s testimony as to what she says happened in 1982 did seem credible and compelling. Yet …read more

Via:: American Conservative

      

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Sequitur: A Lighthouse

By Rod Dreher

View from my Sunday night: 11-year-old daughter doing homework for her Sequitur humanities class

Last night, my 14-year-old son Lucas excused himself to read some more in Livy’s The Early History of Rome before bed. Wait, what? They’re reading that in one of his classes at Sequitur Classical Academy, a classical Christian school here in Baton Rouge.

“Man, I gotta tell you, you are getting the education that I wish I’d had,” I told him.

I mentioned that this morning to my son Matt as I drove him to church from campus. He said, “We’re studying Herodotus in one of my classes now. The teacher and I are the only ones who’ve already read him.” In Matt’s case, he got it at Sequitur.

As I write this, I’m sitting in my living room on Sunday night. My daughter Nora, who is 11, is doing her homework. A copy of Robert Fagles’s translation of The Iliad is on the table in front of her. They’re reading it her seventh grade humanities class at Sequitur.

“I love it,” she just told me. “It’s kind of disgusting how gory it is, but it’s really interesting to see how passionate things were in the ancient days.”

I wrote in The Benedict Option about the importance of classical Christian education. From the book:

“Education has to be at the core of Christian survival—as it always was,” says Michael Hanby, a professor of religion and philosophy of science at Washington’s Pontifical John Paul II Institute. “The point of monasticism was not simply to retreat from a corrupt world to survive, though in various iterations that might have been a dimension of it,” he continues. “But at the heart of it was a quest for God. It was that quest that mandated the preservation of classical learning and the pagan tradition by the monks, because they loved what was true and what was beautiful wherever they found it.”

As crucial as cultural survival is, Hanby warns that Christians cannot content themselves with merely keeping their heads above water within liquid modernity. We have to search passionately for the truth, reflect rigorously on reality, and in so doing, come to terms with what it means to live as authentic Christians in the disenchanted world created by modernity. Education is the most important means for accomplishing this.

“Retaining the imagination necessary to see or to search for God is going to be an indispensable element in the preservation of true freedom and Christian freedom when our freedom under law becomes more and more limited,” Hanby says.

I mentioned Sequitur in this passage:

At the same time, it’s important to recognize the ways that classical Christian schools can boost a healthy ecumenism in the face of a common enemy. While there are benefits to establishing a school under a particular tradition, there is also wisdom in taking a broad-tent approach, as long as the school remains under one of the ancient creeds. “The good news is that these kinds of schools have the real opportunity to heal the old …read more

Via:: American Conservative

      

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Newt Gingrich: Blue wave of liberal cash from California and New York flooding Georgia governor’s race

By Newt Gingrich Liberal Democrats are attempting to buy elections by manufacturing supposedly moderate candidates out of whole cloth – and trying to dupe rational residents into voting for them. …read more

Via:: Fox Opines

      

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‘The Simpsons’ turns 30 — a big milestone for Gen X and America

By Christian Whiton Check out “The Simpsons” and you’ll be treating yourself to some brilliant satire – an important form of democratic art that’s under attack from the humorless poohbahs of political correctness. …read more

Via:: Fox Opines

      

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Salena Zito: Blue wave election? If it happens, it will start here

By Salena Zito If you’re looking for the swing district in America, the newly created Western Pennsylvania 17th Congressional District is where the “blue wave” could take off for the Democrats. …read more

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When They Came For Kavanaugh’s Kid

By Rod Dreher

From Illinois Times editorial cartoonist Chris Britt. How can a man do this to another man’s child? How can editors allow this to pass? What corrupt and wicked hearts they have.

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Newt Gingrich: Blue wave of liberal cash from California and New York flooding Georgia governor’s race

By Newt Gingrich Liberal Democrats are attempting to buy elections by manufacturing supposedly moderate candidates out of whole cloth – and trying to dupe rational residents into voting for them. …read more

Via:: Fox Opines

      

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Here’s what I learned from AA — despite never attending a meeting

By Mike Kerrigan I don’t even drink, but over the past decade I’ve learned some things from Alcoholics Anonymous. Here’s what I mean. …read more

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