Re­pub­li­cans lost their moral com­pass long ago

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA - By Stephen Long Stephen Long is a Taos artist, tour guide and jour­nal­ist.

One thing the Ka­vanaugh hear­ings have re­vealed to the Amer­i­can peo­ple is an un­flinch­ing look at how ut­terly de­praved and cor­rupt Repub­li­can lead­ers, such as Grass­ley, Hatch, Gra­ham and McCon­nell truly are.

Is it any won­der the Re­pub­li­cans con­tinue to al­low a tyrant like Trump to oc­cupy the “White” House? They have much in com­mon with him, show­ing a tol­er­ance for sex­ual as­sault, misog­yny, racism and dis­hon­esty that is off the charts even by far-right stan­dards. The GOP now stands for “grand old per­verts.”

They all con­tinue to claim Ka­vanaugh is the vic­tim here, not the women who tes­ti­fied or gave de­po­si­tions that they were at­tacked. Lind­sey Gra­ham has lost any ves­tige of dig­nity and au­thor­ity he might have wielded as John McCain’s friend when he claims this is a smear cam­paign or­ches­trated by the Demo­cratic Party. They con­tinue to claim no ev­i­dence sub­stan­ti­ates the de­praved char­ac­ter of this “grown-up” frat boy as if the FBI re­port has an ounce of va­lid­ity other than to cover up his many mis­deeds as a youth and well into his re­cent ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­cludes ly­ing to the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

Let me tell you what I know, (as an ob­server), about Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford’s cred­i­ble tes­ti­mony. I know when the event oc­curred, ac­cord­ing to “Bart’s” own cal­en­dar, which de­scribed a beer bust on Fri­day, June 1, 1982 at which the peo­ple Dr. Ford de­scribed as present were men­tioned.

When the prose­cu­tor at the hear­ing be­gan an in­quiry into the event, the Re­pub­li­cans in­ter­rupted with Gra­ham’s out­burst and the prose­cu­tor’s im­me­di­ate dis­missal. That date cor­re­sponds with Ford’s re­ported sight­ing of Mark Judge, Kave­naugh’s friend, at a lo­cal gro­cery store at which he was work­ing a few weeks later. Judge wrote about a de­ranged “black out” puk­ing drunk in his mem­oir named “Bart O’Ka­vanaugh,” an ob­vi­ous ref­er­ence to Ka­vanaugh. Ka­vanaugh him­self con­firms this in his de­scrip­tion of he and his friends as “loud ob­nox­ious drunks with pro­found puk­ers” in a let­ter he signed as “Bart” Ka­vanaugh.

As far as we know, the FBI did not in­ter­view any of the eight wit­nesses Ford de­scribed, nor did they in­ter­view Ford, her hus­band or her ther­a­pist, all of whom were told her story as early as 2012. The FBI chose not to in­ter­view ac­cuser, Deb­o­rah Ramirez or the 20 cor­rob­o­ra­tive wit­nesses she men­tioned. The FBI did not in­ter­view Ka­vanaugh. The FBI did not ex­am­ine damning tes­ti­mony from Julie Swet­nick about the drug­ging of young women with quaaludes. The FBI chose not to in­ter­view “Bart’s” col­lege room­mate, James Roche, who claims Ka­vanaugh lied un­der oath. Cor­rob­o­rat­ing ev­i­dence from class­mates Dr. Eliz­a­beth Swisher, Lynne Brookes, Adela Gilda Maz­zon, Re­becca White and Ken­neth G. Ap­pold all was ig­nored.

Trou­bling as this in­for­ma­tion is, the one thing that should have de­feated Ka­vanaugh’s nom­i­na­tion is his doc­u­mented record as a liar. The Re­pub­li­cans have long ago sur­ren­dered any pre­tense of moral­ity when they en­thu­si­as­ti­cally em­braced the lie as a le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal strat­egy. Ka­vanaugh is their boy.

When he claims Ms. Ford did not run in his cir­cle, he ig­nores that she dated his dear friend “Sqee.” The “devil’s tri­an­gle” refers to sex be­tween two men and a woman. It is not a drink­ing game as Kave­naugh told Congress. “Bart” has lied un­der oath about stolen e-mails in 2003, 2006 and 2018. He has lied about his role in the spu­ri­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the Clin­tons. He has lied about his role in the Ge­orge W. Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion con­cern­ing tor­ture, war­rant­less wire­tap­ping and his role in shep­herd­ing un­qual­i­fied nom­i­na­tions into of­fice.

The Re­pub­li­cans have long ago lost their moral com­pass. They have em­braced trick­ery, in­trigue, de­vi­ous­ness, de­ceit, de­cep­tion, dis­hon­esty, cheat­ing, du­plic­ity, guile, cun­ning, chi­canery, pre­tense and fraud as le­git­i­mate po­lit­i­cal strat­egy, and worse, as le­git­i­mate Amer­i­can val­ues.

They have em­braced this Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion and in do­ing so, have fol­lowed a trea­sonous path that has sur­ren­dered our coun­try to an in­fe­rior for­eign en­tan­gle­ment headed by a for­mer KGB agent by the name of Putin. This is what hap­pens when a na­tion’s lead­ers put profit and power be­fore the well-be­ing of its cit­i­zens. Yes, Ka­vanaugh is their boy and Trump is their leader.

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