We are at a pivotal moment in our society and our culture. One with the potential for a leap forward and escape from the gravitational prison of the long-entrenched ruling class. This old guard fights tooth and nail against this moment because they fear the change it will bring will be their demise. It need not be. But their tactic of clinging to the status quo and hiding in denial about the world which is evolving beyond and without them will be. Progress is only a threat to those who try and defy it.
A substantial segment of society is being (and has been throughout history) denied the same access to justice as the rest, completely ignoring the obvious truth that if justice is not available to everyone equally, there is no justice.
In our current spectacle, Republicans and other Kavanaugh supporters refuse to take off their blinders. The only injustice they see or will admit to in public is that one of their own privileged sons, born to rule and nurtured along the way to reach this point where he can repay his benefactors, is being challenged and not allowed to ascend to his lofty place.
Since their worldview says this is just wrong, it doesn’t matter what their arguments are. Whether it is a witch hunt by sore-losing liberal sympathizers; a failure to give Judge Kavanaugh the benefit of the doubt since he says he didn’t do this; or simply he said, she said, innocent until proven guilty kind of situation, what they are actually declaring is “This is how we have always done this. How dare you presume to interfere in our well-laid plans!”
Because the “he said, she said” defense is losing its effectiveness, and they justifiably fear Dr. Blasey Ford’s credibility will leave Judge Kavanaugh’s already limping integrity in the dust when they each testify, they are hedging their bets. Even if he indeed did what he is accused of, but doesn’t remember it (this assumes he was blackout drunk, not an unreasonable assumption knowing what we do know) and so it really shouldn’t be made into such a big deal. After all, “What teenage boy hasn’t done something like this?” Look at how the rest of his life turned out. It isn’t fair to diminish his opportunities because he was a wild, drunken teenager.
They can’t have it both ways, but will continue to assume they can as long as they choose to view people, other than wealthy old white men (and whomever they’ve allowed under their umbrella of wealth, power and privilege), as exclusively only victims of their own laziness, weakness, heritage or hysteria.
This boys’ club of theirs excludes a large percentage of society, if not the actual (and no longer silent) majority. And not by coincidence, this group is comprised of all who are still vulnerable to the gross imbalances of power and influence that remain baked into our society, our government, and our religious institutions. They see the Senate Judiciary Committee’s treatment of Dr. Blasey Ford as a perfect example of what is wrong with the status quo in our country.
All too often the abuse takes a sexual form, as in the allegations of Dr. Blasey Ford, or the legions of survivors of abuse by the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and other similarly entrenched institutions. But it is always a process of demeaning, discrediting, shaming, and devaluing those who threaten the “ruling class” with their truth-telling.
This #NoLongerSilent majority is non-partisan. It includes women, people of color, immigrants, the disabled, and all survivors of abuse and domestic violence. This is a battle to expose these abuses of power and restore “liberty and justice for all.”
We cannot allow the desperate attempts of a dwindling former majority to hold onto their privilege and opportunity at the cost of everyone else. This is so much more than he said, she said.