It's personal. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified to the US Senate Judiciary Committee this week and represented women across the country. The senators believed her when she said she was attacked, pinned down, and nearly raped -- but somehow, this intelligent, educated, and reasonable woman was "mistaken" when she pointed the finger squarely at Brett Kavanaugh and said she's 100% sure he and his friend were the ones who did it.
Kavanaugh lied to the committee on numerous points. Nobody believes the crap he says to defend his drinking, virginity, extreme debt, gambling, or access to stolen Democrat communication. We know Trump wants Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court because he believes in expansion of presidential power without prosecution for crimes. It's a plus for all the Republicans that Kavanaugh made wildly partisan accusations in his testimony.
He's not a good choice for the Supreme Court, and the Republicans don't care about his victims because he's on their side. Never mind there are better people on their side who could be chosen. Never mind that President Obama's choice was ignored for a year. Ignore Kavanaugh's petulant and aggressive attitude, which isn't what anyone wants in a judge.
If one of the brightest, best, and accomplished women in the country is disregarded, then all women are disregarded. When the old men of the Senate know they have to hire a female to ask questions to pretend fairness, then run right over that attorney, all women have been run over. When the sins of one man are disregarded, the abusers of all women are given the liberty to do what they want without fear of consequences.
It's personal because I know too many women who have been abused. One of my friends was killed by her husband. I know too many women (and men) who have been raped. Victims don't get to have a voice. Police don't defend them, prosecutors don't take their cases. Even when an abuser or rapist is convicted, they serve little or no time for it. Go ahead, give one of them a Supreme Court seat.
A couple of women cornered Senator Flake at an elevator and let them know what they thought of him and his judicial vote. One of them screamed, "Doesn't my life matter??" Yeah, it's personal. She's speaking for me and for too many others.
I've been to the police station, I've plead for my rights after assault, stalking, discrimination, and harassment. From 3 to my 50s, I've repeatedly been attacked, dismissed by authorities, and told over and over to just get over it and move on.
I'm not over it. I'm furious. I'm sick about all of it. I actually cried with the women accosting Flake at the elevator, and I really thought I'd already cried all my tears by now.
Women's lives matter. Dr. Blasey Ford has my most sincere appreciation for going to the Senate to testify even though she knew it was hopeless. She was brave to do it anyway. Maybe it will make a difference in some way. Maybe it will motivate the rest of us, who are the majority, into forcing change.