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Confirming Kavanaugh- the pros and cons

Pros

By: Kimberely Scanlan, Staff Writer

If a grocery store claimed that Tommy stole an orange, but their video cameras were broken and nobody saw the act occur, is Tommy innocent? According to the law, yes. He’s innocent until proven guilty. It’s one of the principals our founding fathers laid to separate us from Britain and ensure that people were treated fairly. So why should that change depending on a person’s career or the crime they are accused of? It shouldn’t. All people should be treated fairly, no matter what they are accused of. And that includes trying to take someone’s job away.

When Kavanagh was accused of sexual assault by Dr. Ford, he just so happened to be in the middle of being nominated into the supreme court. Why has she accused him now instead of closer to when it happened, in the 1980’s? If she truly wanted justice, wouldn’t she have reported the act when it occurred? The timing seems a little off, vengeful even. Her timing aside, a crime that someone has been accused of, not convicted of, should not be the grounds to take away someone’s job. A respected job. A job someone works their whole life to get. It shouldn’t matter what job someone has, or is trying to get. An accusation does not hold the grounds to implode anybody’s life.

With this said, if Brett Kavanagh was charged with the sexual assault of  Dr.Ford and 4 others, as she claims, I would be all for not inducting him, jailling him and throwing away the key. However, he was not convicted, so if we were to take away the position he had worked his whole life for due to an accusation, it would be nothing less than modern McCarthyism.

McCarthyism was a practice in America during the cold war, one of the darkest times in American history. Joseph McCarthy had rose to power and was calling people communists and ruining lives with no evidence to back it up. Even without evidence, people were brought to trial and lives were ruined. This can be seen in the Salem Witch Trials as well. It doesn’t end well for anybody.

Some people put the act he was accused of aside and use his behavior in court as grounds to call for his removal. Even though he was emotional during the trials, most people would have reacted in a similar way. A father, husband and a respected official, his life had been torn apart by the accusations of sexual assault by Dr.Ford. In court, it seemed he was trying to preserve his good name rather than keep his job. It truly seemed like a man trying to keep his family and life together after everything came crashing down on him due to an accusation.

Cons

By: Madison Tappa, Assistant Web and Business Editor

On July 9, 2018, President Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh to become the next Supreme Court Justice after Anthony Kennedy retired.

This topic has been quite controversial in the United States, due to the fact back in the 1980’s, Justice Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they both were in high school.

“Brett’s assault on me drastically altered my life. For a very long time, I was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone these details. I did not want to tell my parents that I, at age 15, was in a house without any parents present, drinking beer with boys. I convinced myself that because Brett did not rape me, I should just move on and just pretend that it didn’t happen.” Dr. Ford said.

Although this was decades ago, sexual assault affects the mind and can change a person’s views on the world altogether.

“Sexual assault can have a variety of short- and long-term effects on a victim’s mental health. Many survivors report flashbacks of their assault, and feelings of shame, isolation, shock, confusion, and guilt. People who were victims of rape or sexual assault are at an increased risk for developing depression, PTSD, substance use disorders, eating disorders and anxiety.” according to Mental Health America.

Before Kavanaugh was confirmed, there was a trial to identify whether or not he would be allowed to become a Justice based on his history.

Kavanaugh was not a wise choice on behalf of President Trump due to the fact that this tragic event has happened. No matter if it was three decades ago or a couple days ago, that doesn’t make it right.

Although Kavanaugh blamed his actions on the drinking, one should know exactly what is right and what is wrong. Second of all, the legal drinking age is 21 while Kavanaugh was 17. Is this who the United States wants as their Supreme Court Justice?

Does the United States want their children looking up to a man that has done so much wrong?

Another downfall of having Kavanaugh are some of his political views. He is pro-life when abortion should be allowed in certain cases. For example, if a woman is raped, she should have the option to terminate the pregnancy.

Confirming Kavanaugh was definitely not one of the wisest decisions for the Supreme Court to make.

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