Roy Exum: It’s So Sad For Me

Monday, September 24, 2018 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

I cannot remember a time in my life when I have been as saddened by such a travesty that has now erupted in the confirmation process that would place Brett Kavanaugh on our Supreme Court. I am sad for every single person who has been touched by this catastrophe, from 85-year-old Dianne Feinstein to Brett’s wife and two young daughters, ages 13 and 10. Not a person, in any way involved, will not wear a scar when this nightmare ends.

As an American and a patriot who tries to stand unflinching by The Holy Bible and The Constitution of our nation – whether I am ever able to fulfill either goal or not – this whole nightmare is wrong as wrong can be. Brett Kavanaugh has given us his oath that he never attacked or besmirched another man’s 15-year-old daughter. (When I look at anything this lurid, my first thought is – hey – remember she is “somebody’s daughter.” This is because I, too, have a daughter.)

I am also a “senior citizen” of a man who, in this nation’s unprecedented time of anger and hate, realizes other people can say or accuse anybody else under the sun and, just as Mark Twain told us, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

I have absolutely no reason to not believe Kavanaugh. I cannot find in all that I read the thinnest shred of evidence contrary to his exemplary life and, in a nation where the very cornerstone of justice is “innocent until proven guilty,” I can’t ignore a law based on truth and my Bible’s principles.

I have no reason to disbelieve Kavanaugh’s accuser, who was 15 years old and admittedly drunk at the time. But without evidence, with four possible witnesses all saying the vulgar scenario never took place, the only thing for the zealous Democrats to do is hurl dirt, as worthless and as plentiful as dust may be.

I am well aware of dirty politics and my key scent in trying to smell out the truth in the Kavanaugh story comes, believe it or not, from what is called a now-raging “crowdfunding effort” against moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Thus far over $1.5 million has been rushed by liberals to threaten the Senator with defeat in the 2020 election if she votes to confirm Kavanaugh.

The insane promise is this: All of the money will immediately go to the war chest of Collins’ opponent two years from now, regardless of who that may be, but if Collins folds against party lines, and votes against Kavanaugh, all the disgusting donors will get their money back. “This is nothing more than a quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh,” said Collins.

Yes, this is where we are in America. There is solid evidence – credit card pledges -- to prove the underhanded shenanigans by the Democratic Party and, believe this, if the despicable types will fund a bribe in Maine, they surely go to the other side of the country to where Diane Feinstein can lead the lefties in stooping much, much lower.

Chuck Grassley, a Republican Senator from Iowa, kowtowed to a slick pair of liberal lawyers in a disgraceful way over the weekend. The addled Grassley extended four, or was it five deadlines, until the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, agreed to testify before his committee.

Ford’s lawyers turned Grassley into such shrivel he even sent out a Tweet, “I feel like I am played 2nd trombone in the judicial orchestra and (Democrat leader Chuck) Schumer is the conductor.”

On Sunday a poll by Fox News came out in favor of the accuser Ford. “More people believed Ford’s claims than Kavanaugh’s denials by a 6 point margin, 36 vs. 30 percent,” revealed the network, adding, “However, about one-third, 34 percent, are unsure who is telling the truth.

It is said by the wise that the daughter of Time is Truth … truth always wins but, often, only after some time has passed. As I wrestle with why have a hearing where there is no evidence, therefore not one thing that can be proven, I recalled what Abraham Lincoln once observed, “The trouble with too many people is they believe the realm of truth always lies within their vision.”

I love Lincoln’s wisdom. On another occasion, this on a September afternoon is 1862 as he sat alone in his despair during the horrendous Civil War, he wrote, “The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time.”

You would have thought we would have learned that by now yet one thing remains certain to provide solace: “The will of God will prevail.”

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DID YOU KNOW -- "Innocent until proven guilty" means only that a defendant has a presumption of innocence, which is why the outcome of a trial is "not guilty" instead of "innocent." Common laws are laws adopted from English jurisprudence. They have been part of the legal system for so long that they have been universally accepted as U.S. law. The Constitution does, however, provide provisions allowing for the right to remain silent if detained, as well as the right to a trial by jury.

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“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” -- Thomas Jefferson

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“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” -- Theodore Roosevelt

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“Two people in a conversation amount to four people talking. The four are what one person says, what he really wanted to say, what his listener heard, and what he thought he heard.” -- William Jennings Bryan

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"Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed." - Chinese proverb

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