One woman's view: UPDATE on Sen. Susan Collins --- the backlash

October 18, 2018

When Maine Sen. Susan Collins spoke before the Senate to explain her vote to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, she knew she would face tremendous retribution.  It took a lot of bravery to avoid caving and go with the principle of “innocent until proven guilty,” but she did so in a superb tribute to American judicial values, and I have never been prouder of anyone.  As expected, the backlash from the bullying left has been relentless ever since.

We must always remember,” she said from the podium, “that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.”  She was talking about the shameful treatment of Kavanaugh, but she could just as easily have been talking about what was happening and would continue to happen to her.

 

A letter addressed to Collins’ husband and delivered to their home claimed it contained the deadly poison ricin.  Their dog is currently under quarantine, along with part of their home, while they await the results of tests by the Maine Crime Lab.

At her alma mater, St. Lawrence University near Ogdensburg, New York, nearly 100 faculty members (out of a total of 217), from virtually every department signed a letter calling for an honorary degree she had received to be revoked, simply because they don’t approve of her vote on Kavanaugh.  Another letter signed by about 1,300 alumni did the same.  Incredibly, it was said that she “lacks the integrity and commitment to justice that we expect from the St. Lawrence body.”  They don’t think she has signaled enough concern about “campus rape culture.”  That sounds a lot like the ludicrous attack being made in larger political circles that she’s a “rape apologist.”


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It’s wrong for Justice Kavanaugh to be viewed as a symbol of campus rape culture when he was never determined to have done anything.  And it’s wrong for Collins to be viewed as a symbol of acquiescence to campus rape culture when she was simply trying to be fair in a particular case.  Stunningly, these people said that “rescinding (Collins’) Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for her words and deeds which reinforce this culture would be a symbolic act that illustrates St. Lawrence University’s strong commitment moving forward to continue dismantling rape culture on our own campus.”

 

In the leftist world, people are not individuals with individual rights as protected by the Constitution.  They are primarily SYMBOLS of interest groups (race, gender, etc.) and ideologies.  They don’t live their individual lives; they commit “symbolic acts.”  That is why leftists want to “fundamentally transform” America –- they are fundamentally at odds with it. 

 

Kavanaugh is an individual who was accused of a sexual attack with absolutely no evidence that he –- or his accuser, for that matter –- was even present at the event at which it supposedly happened.  She could remember virtually none of the details that would help with verification but claimed to be “100 percent sure” that Kavanaugh groped her at a party.  Witnesses who said they were “100 percent sure” have been responsible for convicting countless innocent men (typically black, by the way) of sexual crimes; that’s why we have The Innocence Project to use DNA testing to free them.  Kavanaugh denied the accusation as strongly as it’s possible to deny anything, and he had literally hundreds of female friends and acquaintances vouching for his character.  To ignore these factors defies reason.

 

This hasn’t stopped Sen. Dianne Feinstein from saying that if the Democrats take the Senate, she wants the sexual misconduct investigation of Kavanaugh reopened.  (It was her deliberate delay in revealing the letter from Dr. Ford that started the whole confirmation circus.)  And her Democratic colleagues want to hold hearings and impeach him.  Rep. Jerry Nadler, who would become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee if they win, agrees with Feinstein.  Democrats also plan to impeach the President, simply because they want to.  Everyone going to the polls in just under three weeks needs to realize that THIS GARBAGE and much, much more is what they are voting for if they vote Democratic.

 

Reason in the Kavanaugh case, at least by those opposed to his nomination, is out the window.  Just wondering:  would the same leftist campus bullies say that faculty members who did NOT sign the letter against Collins are likewise failing to signal enough concern about “campus rape culture”?  Come on, why weren’t those professors on board to condemn Sen. Collins, too?  I’ll bet most of those wayward academics who failed to toe the liberal line have received scholastic honors at some point; should these now be rescinded?  And if they don’t yet have tenure, should that be denied?

 

And what if Kavanaugh had come to his confirmation as a liberal judge who was seen as unwavering on abortion rights?  Does anyone think that Sen. Feinstein would have brought forth an accusation such as Dr. Ford’s?  Excuse my cynicism, but you’ve got to be kidding.

 

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley wrote about the letters, saying “These professors and graduates are seeking to retroactively punish Susan Collins for reaching a conclusion different from their own...These professors and students vividly demonstrate how power without principle is little more than a mob dressed up as a movement.”

 

Oooh, there’s that word again:  “MOB.”  We’re not allowed to use that word now.  It’s politically incorrect, as it too accurately describes what we’re looking at.

 

In the letter, the faculty and graduates say that their decision to rescind the honorary degree is “not rooted in partisan loyalties” (right), and they note that Collins was originally given the honor because she “was willing to break party ranks.”  Oh, but that was when she broke ranks WITH THE REPUBLICANS.  If she ponders an issue for herself but ends up going in a direction they don’t like, that’s very different.  She wasn’t independent-minded in the way they wanted her to be.

 

The implication in these letters is that there is no justification in reaching a different conclusion from theirs.  To not believe Dr. Ford is to show “unwarranted skepticism.”  Unwarranted by whom?  These professors and alumni, of course.  This sort of non-reasoning is being used increasingly by the left to shut down debate.  People who argue this way used to be called “crazy-makers.”

 

Apparently, St. Lawrence University has never before revoked an honorary degree, so this will be a first if it actually happens.  Bizarrely, one letter ends with an expression of gratitude for Sen. Collins’ willingness to speak at certain student events, called “DC Connect.”  If Collins ever agrees to speak at another one of those events (I sure wouldn’t), she might suggest that they try connecting with some classier behavior and better reasoning skills.

 

Turley criticized the faculty letter for its “open hostility” and said, “I find the letter to be deeply disturbing from academics who seem to allow for little range of disagreement on such issues while painting people like Collins as virtual rape apologists.”

 

Collins is probably too nice to react as I would to such insult from her alma mater, but I would take that “honorary” degree off my mantel, remove it from its frame (so I could re-use the frame), rip it into tiny shards, stick it in an tatty old envelope and mail it back.  If that many professors and their alumni are as stupid as these letters make them sound, I wouldn’t care to display any academic honor they had bestowed.

 

But that’s just me.  And I love Susan Collins, now more than ever.

 

https://jonathanturley.org/2018/10/18/faculty-members-denounce-the-rape-culture-at-st-lawrence-university-as-part-of-its-calls-to-rescind-sen-collins-honorary-degree/

 

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  • Gary Wilson

    10/19/2018 02:58 AM

    Mike,
    Someone has hacked into your web site, when I clicked on your recent email 'Why the Democrats must be defeated' and came to the article on 'One women's view: Update on Sen. Susan Collins --- the backlash' and clicked on the 'Read more of Laura's commentary here' I got an advertisement for Carolyn Long who is a democrat running here in the state of Washington 3rd Congr. district against Republican Jamie Herrera Beutler. I'm sure that you would not want her (Carolyn Long) advertising on one of your sites. I took a screen print of it but there was no way to paste it into your comments section, so if you need further details let me know. This seems to be local since I live in the 3rd Congr. district. Not sure if someone else has reported this problem from this area yet but felt you need to be aware.

  • Sharon Doan

    10/18/2018 08:31 PM

    The irrational behavior of the Left continues to alarm me. Are they possessed? The conclusions they draw are so far off the mark that I think them incapable of sound decisions. Why God is allowing this to happen I don't know, can't even imagine! However, I will continue trust God with the future .

  • Kathy Land

    10/18/2018 05:18 PM

    Thank you!! You always have the perfect way of saying what needs to be said.

  • Linda Hebert

    10/18/2018 04:19 PM

    Who is in charge here? I know President Trump is and will respond in kind. Where are the police, where are arrests being made, charges being filed, and the bad guys tried and jailed? We are past "enough is enough!" I pray for God's Red Sea of Righteousness to drown every hateful, violent mercenary hired by the leftist thugs!

  • Rosalie Gilliland

    10/18/2018 03:13 PM

    Prior to the Kavanaugh Senate confirmation hearing, I wasn't a fan of Susan Collins's. But she surprised and impressed me with her stance, and a very eloquent and impassioned speech. She is the reason a couple of fence sitters voted for Judge Kavanaugh, so she turned the tide, making history in the process. And now the menacing mob will exact its revenge. How far will the liberals go before their thirst for blood is satiated? Judging by the current climate, I'm guessing pretty far. They are trying to destroy this country in the twisted hope that a new and more socialistic nation will arise from the ash heap. But that isn't the scariest part. What's so alarming is that they are loving every evil minute of it.

  • Marjorie Snyder

    10/18/2018 02:48 PM

    I’m am in agreement 100%. We were so very proud of her speech before the Senate that my husband and I spontaneously applauded upon its conclusion and talked about it all evening.
    The whole ordeal of watching the Judiciary committee treat Judge Kavanaugh and his family with so little regard and deluging him with such viscous accusations, was painful to watch. In fact, I am deeply saddened that, in America, we have been reduced to such unfair tactics. Makes me wonder, literally, how the Dems can go to sleep at night.
    Senator Collins spoke for us, and every word and thought was filled with methodically ascertained truths and the spirit and heart of the America we love.
    Governor Huckabee, thank you for hanging in there as a staunch spokesman for what is right and for all Believers everywhere.
    I cannot end without extolling our love and admiration for your wonderful daughter, Sarah. You must be so thankful for such a shining light in your family.
    God bless the Huckabees always,
    Margie Snyder
    Groveland, FL

  • Keet Parakeet

    10/18/2018 02:43 PM

    Don't know that I'd be as upset of the attempted recall for honorary degree as to destroy the paperwork & frame. Less than 1/2 the faculty fell for that line of garbage which is Great considering the state of "higher education" these days. Given the level of persecution of Ideas different than one's own currently, it's a pretty decent showing. Even in my day, roughly congruent with your day in education, I knew full well highschool and college teachers were teaching their prejudice, not their knowledge in nonscientific courses. I regurgitated (yes in the sence of vomit) enough of their nonsence to get grades needed to pass & not one syllable more. Hypocracy was required. It's worse now.
    I was never a fan of Sen. Collin's position on some of the issues, but I never considered her without backbone, IQ and willingness to apply same. I regret her taking flack of one of the better actions of her life, but at least she has no cause to reproach herself or real cause to be reproached for an act of good character and applied good judgement to the best of her ability, talents and knowledge. That's the best we mortals can do.

  • Maia Crawley

    10/18/2018 01:39 PM

    I applaud Susan and pray for her to continue to stand for what is right. Too few of our legislators are willing to do that!

  • sherry huling

    10/18/2018 01:04 PM

    Backwash from the Swamp. Their gaseous methane stench is giving them delusions of grandeur to outrageously behave without consequences.
    I'm very sorry that Sen. Collins is being treated so unrighteously by an orchestrated demonstration of deranged maniacs.
    Her true humanity shines greater than their alleged anti social acts of offended indignation.

  • Juanita Voorhees

    10/18/2018 12:31 PM

    I find it interesting that the very people who say they are tolerant and want the conversatives to be tolerant refuse to accept any opinion that does not match their agenda!! It is clear to me that their assault against Judge Kavanaugh was all about Roe vs Wade. They know that law and the decisions made to preserve it are unconstitutional. I am a nurse and have done ultrasounds, they know how early a heart beat canbe detected. If the law becomes “no abortion once a heart beat is detected” it would virtually eliminate 90% of abortions. Planned Parenthood would be bankrupt. Very few women know they are pregnant when you can see a heartbeat with ultrasound. It does not take a genius to reach the conclusion that a heartbeat is a sign of life. I believe life begins at conception, it is now possible with DNA to determine sex and many health factors as soon as the sperm fertilizes the egg. It is becoming increasingly difficult for even the most liberal people to deny it is a baby at that point.

  • Heather B. Schultz

    10/18/2018 12:04 PM

    My husband, Stephen D. Schultz, and I ARE NOT REPRESENTED by the ridiculously biased St. Lawrence University alumni and professors' treatment of Senator Collins' honorary degree debacle! In fact, we are EMBARRASSED! We are both SLU graduates who believe that formal college education has gone WAY TOO FAR to the left and it is a sad state of affairs that the youth of today are being so outrageously indoctrinated into this deception and we parents don't seem to have much of a clue. Shame on these people! It is time for the "silent majority" to stand up to this and be bold!!! Our country is being overrun with a disgusting liberal agenda and it is truly time to take a stand for traditional values before it is too late. Thank you for your time!

  • james a randolph

    10/18/2018 12:00 PM

    GREAT QUOTE IN ARTICLE"
    "... Just wondering: would the same leftist campus bullies say that faculty members who did NOT sign the letter against Collins are likewise failing to signal enough concern about “campus rape culture”? Come on, why weren’t those professors on board to condemn Sen. Collins, too? ..."

  • Wayne P Hilchen

    10/18/2018 11:25 AM

    I have a lot of respect for Susan Collins. I hope she is able to weather the storm and continue in the Senate. I would support her and I am a committed conservative from Minnesota.