by: Marceline Donaldson
It is amazing to turn on the television and hear what we are doing to ourselves in the name of politics. – Actually, in the name of maintaining the ability to exercise continued power, control, to satisfy our greed and fear.
Lives are being upheaval and in actual fact, we are in the process of making fools of ourselves for our children to read in history class, shaking their heads in disbelief, at just how high a price their parents and people they once looked up to were willing to pay as they moved ahead on this day fueled by fear – and that need for power and control – and the greed being so publicly displayed. It is overwhelming.
Todays’ hearing, which should be about truth, but is really about moving the boulders out of the way to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U. S. Supreme Court is being set up as a travesty and distortion of justice. Those setting up this hearing have been doing everything possible to ignore justice and create the stage on which the result is pre-determined and which the sexual assaulters of the world, watching with keen interest, will be well pleased. The preparations for this hearing are displaying how to maintain extreme sexism at any cost and those preparations are showing the world the misogyny entrenched in this United States system of government and how it works to maintain the position of white upper class men as “better than”.
Not only is this hearing showing that, but it is also showing how all of this is set up to get those who always lose everything, are manipulated into supporting and carrying forth the needs of this small group of WASPs to their own detriment and how they are pushed into doing that with no recompense and with the idea that this is all in their interest too.
It was heartbreaking to hear a Republican woman, who looked like a very middle to lower middle class white woman with a family of two female teens talking to the press and telling the world that all men grope women and girls, that is just a part of who they are and her daughters couldn’t object to that male inappropriate groping because everybody does it and everybody experiences it so you just have to go with the flow and ignore the groping and its consequences. Two young teen aged girls being taught by their mother to accept male groping and experience it as just a normal part of life.
Todays’ hearing is all about the care and maintenance of a “better than” society. How to protect it and take down those who would throw open the windows and doors and let fresh air circulate for the health and well being and equality of everyone.
We have the Mormon Church in the dock – represented by one of its past presidents. We know enough about the Mormon Church and how it works, especially as regards to its leaders, to know Orrin Hatch could not be out there spreading his vileness without the support and protection of his church.
We have the once grand Republican Party – to which I once belonged, having been conditioned in my Republicanism by several generations before me. It was the party which welcomed African Americans, allowed you to vote and protected you from being lynched. It was the only Political Party way back then which allowed Negroes to be elected to office and to be a part of and have a seat at its Conventions. It was the only breath of fresh air in the south when violence against Negroes rode the streets in white sheets and pointy hats.
Who would have thought that in 2018 we would have a president of these United States – a Republican, backed by the Republican Party – who has brought all of the fear, violence and bigotry moved out by Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement along with Betty Friedan, Pauli Murray and all the feminist leaders who worked so hard and sacrificed so much to move out of these United States what this illegitimate president, Donald Trump, is working so hard to bring back into this society, into these United States of America and who is bringing it back leaning on the shoulders of his ancestors who walked the streets of Washington, D. C. in their white sheets and pointy hats, some of whom made their living on the backs of and at the expense of the lives of women. Who would have thought that this Republican president would be bringing back into these United States the Nazi Party and beliefs of Adolf Hitler along with all of the White Supremacy groups who are growing stronger by the day. How the mighty have fallen!
All of this orchestrated by the President of the United States – Donald Trump – in the employ of a foreign country and the mafia to sow as much discord, division, and whatever other negatives he can throw into the pile so that their taking over these United States and getting rid of its democracy will be so much easier as our foreign intruders show up foaming at the mouth to clean up the spoils. Trump is doing a magnificent job in spite of our best efforts to stop him. He creates one garbage pile after another and the stench from the work he is doing is becoming unbearable.
It looks as though these Republican Senators today will publicly and flagrantly violate everyone’s rights because their backers are demanding that Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed? They see him working for their best interest and they want him confirmed NOW? His grooming and time spent as a Republican Political Operative has shown him to be very good at what he does and that is the kind of person they want on the Supreme Court.
What do we have:
The WASP members of the Judiciary Committee of the Republican Party have decided they cannot and will not do their job representing their constituencies in questioning the candidate for the United States Supreme Court – Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault – Christine Blasey Ford. The other women so accusing him and the witnesses to all of this have been discarded as though they don’t exist.
WHY? Because they are still stinging from the feedback from the incredibly mean, vicious, misogynous job they did when Clarence Thomas was sitting in Brett Kavanaugh’s seat. Today the structure of sexism and racism in this society, firmly entrenched in all that happens in these United States, is on display for all to see. Also on display is how we act when that structure is threatened with collapse, extinction and more. Clarence Thomas is an African American male and not one of the upper class men who rule this country – whether they are in or out of office. Brett Kavanaugh – although Catholic – has been groomed to serve the very upper classes in this society and so far, he has done an incredible job of serving his masters. They see how useful he will be on the United States Supreme Court.
What is most amazing – the president of these United States – a pathological liar and a self-admitted sexual assaulter of women is accusing the women who have come forward at great expense to their lives, their families and their future to tell the truth – this liar and sexual assaulter has called the women who have been sexually assaulted, liars and he has tried to justify the sexual assault and abuse charges against himself by using what is happening in this Brett Kavanaugh affair. The rest of us need to call them heroes for the way they have conducted themselves and the determination with which they are moving forward to make their experiences with Brett Kavanaugh public so we have something on which to decide if this man should get the job of a justice of the U. S. Supreme Court or not. And while we are doing that we need to call Donald Trump out for what he is – a sexual assaulter; a racist; a misogynist and a pathological liar.
Standing behind all of this we see the men of the Bush family and their class circle backed by the American Oligarchs – although the Oligarch’s a bit lower in class. Totally free of the stain of what is happening, but responsible for seeing Kavanaugh as someone who could carry out the wishes and demands of their WASP class in this society. We also have the Bush family to thank for Clarence Thomas. George Bush, the son, was one of the first people to rush out to endorse Brett Kavanaugh – someone he knew as a Republican Political Operative and someone whose work he knew, which means he knew what that would mean to the rest of society if Kavanaugh became a member of the U. S. Supreme Court. Whether he knew of the sexual assault is only his to say and his conscience to reckon with
I didn’t see that component as clearly as I do today. This fiasco has had its silver lining. Many of us now understand and can see this structure without all of the pretty trappings in which it has been enclosed. The shiny objects meant to distract us have been shelved and we see – with nothing hiding or shading or obscuring just who we are and the farce that has been playing for generations.
So – back at the ranch, the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee went out and hired an “assistant” to work with them to get the job done of making sure that all of the trash was swept out of the way which was cluttering up the road to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
I don’t know of one corporation in this world which would hire someone to work for them at any job with the kind of sexual assault allegations hanging over that person as are hanging over Brett Kavanaugh, but the United States Senate is moving and doing everything it can to make sure he is hired by the United States Government to be a justice on the Supreme Court.
What kind of trash has this “assistant” been hired to remove? The women who were assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh and have had the moral fortitude and civic sense of responsibility to come out and tell their stories. Tell their stories so the rest of us would have a better life without another sexual assaulter getting a seat of power in this United States Government.
What has this group of Republicans on the Judiciary Committee done to promote their cause – to gain power, control over and to exacerbate their greed and fear? What have they done to make sure women are never able to stand as equal and independent members of this society?
They went to Maricopa in Arizona to hire an “assistant” – a woman – to do their dirty work so they could sit back and watch the arena in which they have put one woman against another. A man would have been called an attorney, etc.
Why did they go to Maricopa? Well, think carefully now –
isn’t that where Sheriff Arpaio comes from?
the man Donald Trump pardoned, who is beholden to Donald Trump and has said so publicly?
Isn’t the woman they hired a five year colleague of Sheriff Arpaio?
And isn’t she a registered Republican?
And hasn’t she been put on their ‘team’ to get the job done of getting Brett Kavanaugh confirmed? And isn’t she working with her (their) team to prepare everyone to get the best result so they will be successful at the end of the day?
Listen carefully and you will be able to hear the laughter from the back room as they all get together and gloat over what they have put together for this hearing for this confirmation to go through leaving the Democrats destroyed in their wake. The loudest laugh you hear is coming from Donald Trump.
This is what happens when a self-admitted sexual assaulter and sexual predator, who brags about his deeds and how great and powerful he is at sexually assaulting any woman he so chooses to assault, is elected as president of these United States. He appoints sexual predators to important posts.
What does the life of the Republican Congressmen look like if we were to play a movie on a big screen showing their every moment of life? Would we see interludes where they showed themselves to be just like their president? Is that why they are so furiously backing him? Why they cannot and will not see the horror of what Brett Kavanaugh has done – what Clarence Thomas has done? What all of the sexual assaulters have done to destroy the lives of countless women? Do they have a tin ear and refuse to look at all of this as wrong because these are activities in which they have engaged and have refused to negatively judge themselves?
Having been referred to as an “assistant” gives you the mind set of this Judiciary Committee. It also gives you the mind set of Attorney Mitchell who agreed to come across the country to do this job for who she considers her peers – her Republican operatives – Congressmen – and others. Does she not realize she is considered as no better than the women Brett Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting? That she is looked upon as an object to be used to abuse other women who expected some other kind of treatment?
There is something called Karma. Other cultures would say “what goes around comes around”.
That is certainly true of Brett Kavanaugh who spent a good deal of his professional life using claims of sexual assault to destroy the lives of others?
Your day is coming Donald Trump. You have brought into the current life of these United States the spirit of Joseph McCarthy – the man who upheaveled this country for several years and who destroyed many lives before he was taken down. He did his deeds in a drunken stupor. Amazingly, his attacks also circled around Russia. What is your drug of choice? He did it with the help and advice of Roy Cohn – and these are two of your most cherished mentors and idols. You have patterned your life after Joseph McCarthy’s and you are causing as much pain in this country as he and his antics caused in their day. You learned at his feet and you learned on your knees from Roy Cohn. You learned your lessons well. The question is – how well have we learned to recognize the likes of you and to move to put an end to your destruction of all we hold dear and which for several hundred years our ancestors paid with their lives to create for us a country – as best they could – which would open its doors to all people and which would respect and hold all people as equals.
Why is equality such a difficult concept and such an impossible way for many to live their lives? Are we that lacking in love?
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