Susan Collins' speech
With the yea votes of Maine Sen. Susan Collins and sole Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, it looks as if Republicans will have the votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court without the need of Vice President Pence as a tie-breaker. Let's pray this marks the end of one of the most shameful and disgusting episodes in the history of modern DC politic, but it probably won't. Having discarded due process and inflamed the mobs, the Democrats have opened a Pandora's box that will be difficult to close. The best way to pound some nails in the lid will be to go to the polls next month and let them know in no uncertain terms that this vile politics of character assassination and trial by mob rule will not be rewarded with increased power.
Also, a huge salute (maybe even a Huck’s Hero salute) to Sen. Collins. I don’t bestow that on her for doing something I agree with politically, but for two things that are all-too-unusual in this hyperpartisan, win-at-all-costs age:
First, she stood up to intense pressure from the media and the howling leftist mobs who will no doubt brand her a traitor to her gender and try to cost her her seat and make her life miserable rather than listening to her and thinking about what she says. And second, for making one of the most important speeches I’ve ever seen in the Senate, laying out step-by-step why she voted for Kavanaugh, for those who still care about such dying concepts as fairness and rationality.
It was a speech that didn’t in any way diminish the seriousness of legitimate claims of sexual abuse, and that reinforced the importance of the long-overdue MeToo movement in holding sexual predators to account and of giving all accusers a respectful hearing and taking their accusations seriously. But Sen. Collins also reminded us that, no matter what today’s new civil rights-hating left says, accusations are not proof.
Accusers have a right to be heard, but the accused also has a right to a presumption on innocence until proven guilty. It’s one of the bedrock principles of our nation, and without it, we will cease to be the America that so many people have adopted as their home in order to escape places where that rule doesn’t apply. She reminded us that guilt is determined not by emotion, political expediency, media coverage, the genders of the accuser and accused, the current hot button nature of the accusation, or the passions of the mob. It’s determined by the preponderance of evidence.
She also reminded those who will actually listen (and I hope that at least some of the younger women chanting slogans outside the chamber will listen) that this is not the first time Democrats have tried to stoke their fears to advance their political agenda. She reminded us of several previous Republican SCOTUS nominees who were similarly smeared as right-wing radicals who would destroy women’s rights, yet ended up being paragons of careful, impartial and moderate jurisprudence. How many of the screaming protesters are old enough to remember that, as Sen. Collins recalled, the Democrats once handed out buttons saying that women would die if David Souter were approved? Seriously: David Souter?!
By balancing courage and compassion with intelligence, rationality, due diligence and respect for the both sides, Susan Collins not only demonstrated the importance of having women’s voices in government, but also the importance of insuring that our powerful government institutions are run by adults.
You can watch her full speech at the link. I have benevolently set it to take you straight to her comments so that you can skip over Richard Blumenthal. You're welcome.
Join me tonight on TBN as we kick off our second year of “Huckabee!” I’ll take a look back at year one, plus welcome some terrific guests. Conservative columnist David Limbaugh will talk about the Kavanaugh controversy and his new book on the early days of the Christian church. Sen. Rand Paul’s wife, Kelley Paul, will give a harrowing firsthand account of how some people are using terror tactics against political opponents and their families. Bestselling author, the Rev. Timothy Keller, will talk about his new book on one of the most beloved and least understood stories of the Bible. I’ll also have an astounding variety act you must see to believe, some crazy news “In Case You Missed It,” and a lot more surprises. It’s all tonight at 8 and 11 p.m. EST, 7 and 10 CST, repeated at the same times on Sunday, only on TBN. To find your local TBN outlet and watch previous episodes online visit https://www.tbn.org/programs/huckabee
For those who would like a recap of the Brett Kavanaugh news of the past couple of weeks drained of the hysteria and partisanship and boiled down to the actual facts of the charges against him and why none passed the smell test (and for those who desperately need to stop screaming, put down their protest signs and deal with the truth, but probably won’t), David French at National Review has probably the best point-by-point recap. It shows that when you take everything that’s been thrown at Kavanaugh and add it all up, it still comes out to zero.
Words of reassurance
Many Americans have been shocked to realize for the first time the depths of partisan lunacy and conscienceless self-interest gripping the Senate, and to see the continuing unhinged tantrums of those outraged that their attempts at character assassination didn’t work (the left likes to say that “well-behaved women rarely make history,” but badly-behaved children rarely make Congressional policy, because most voters know better than to elect them – at least, not to the majority.)
I certainly don’t want to do anything to quell the sense of urgency that’s been sparked in Republicans and Independents to scurry to the polls and keep these people far away from the levers of power. But this being the weekend, and hopefully the end of the Salem Witch Trial of Brett Kavanaugh, this article by Morris P. Fiorina of the Hoover Institution might help you relax and feel a little better about your fellow Americans (or at the very least, keep you from getting an ulcer.)
It gives some statistics to remind us that while the cable news talking heads and social media ranters, the loudmouthed protesters in anatomically-correct genital hats chasing people around restaurants and offices, and the white supremacists using cars as a deadly weapon may dominate the news and hog a disproportionate amount of media attention…in point of fact, they are all just a tiny fraction of the American population. For instance, there are 235 million eligible voters in the US; but only about one percent either watch Fox News or read the New York Times, and fewer than one percent watch MSNBC.
For all the media attention given to the power of social media, a Pew study found that fewer than 4% of adults consider Twitter to be an important news source. Despite the claims of a “blue wave” and the rise of “Democratic” socialism, 40% of Americans describe themselves as moderates, 35% as conservatives and only 25% as liberal, and that’s basically unchanged since 1976.
Efforts to divide us into warring ethnic identity groups haven’t put a dent in the “melting pot” concept for most immigrants; for instance, immigrants are adopting English at a rate near or even higher than in the early 1900s. Attempts to demonize white people will likely founder since more and more children are of mixed race, don’t fit any “box,” and just call themselves “Caucasian.” And for all the talk about rising partisanship ripping us apart, Americans are less likely now to be affiliated with any political party than they were in the 1950s. Many are unhappy with the leaders of both parties, which explains the rise of Trump (I could have told you that years ago – in fact, I did; I even wrote a book about it.) It’s just that the cranks who are relentlessly partisan are SO LOUD, they drown everyone else out.
The article is filled with reassuring stats, so read the whole thing and cheer up. It will help remind you that the vast majority of your fellow Americans are not violent, loud-mouthed extremists, no matter what you see in the electronic media. All you have to do to prevent the tail from wagging the dog is go to the polls next month and vote to make sure a bunch of dog’s hind ends don’t get elected.
SJWs = Veterans ?!?
Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld is the co-editor of “Readings for Diversity and Social Justice” and “Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States.” He also travels to schools and college campuses “facilitating workshops on social justice,” all of which suggests that he is the Johnny Appleseed of leftwing doofery. Apparently, he decided he hadn’t made his promulgation of fatuous tomfoolery clear enough in his usual pursuits, so he wrote an op-ed for LGBTQ Nation, proposing that we expand the definition of the term “veterans” to include social justice warriors. No, seriously, he actually did. Click the link to see his “reasoning,” but don’t expect it to make any more sense after you read it than before you read it.
It’s bad enough that people who occasionally leave the Play-Doh and puppies of their safe spaces to wave signs, bust windows and yell in the faces of those who dare to hold different views give themselves the honored title of “warriors,” when their idea of bravery is hitting kids in MAGA caps in the back of the head while wearing masks, then running away like cowards. But to suggest that they deserve inclusion into the most respected class of American heroes, US military veterans, goes beyond the pale and straight into the garbage pail.
I don’t think I can sum up the response this deserves any better than the reader who replied, “Want to be veterans, go join the military. You don’t get special recognition for needing safe spaces, trigger warnings, and blankies to get through everyday life.” Or the one who added that this only reinforces “stereotypes of ‘liberals’ as insular, detached twits.”
In short, there’s not a word puffed out by Blumenthal that deserves your serious attention, but it does demonstrate the sorry state of thinking among today’s leftists, and it’s heartening to read the reactions that prove not everyone had dived headfirst into the insane asylum.