We're lucky to have men like Kavanaugh who are willing to face down the mob

We're lucky to have men like Kavanaugh who are willing to face down the mob
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The last several weeks were about so much more than the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. They really were about who we want to be as a people and a country moving forward. What’s deeply troubling is that it was virtually a coin toss to see which direction we would go.

It’s now clear that many people reject the idea that guilt-by-allegation should be the new norm. And that somehow orchestrated smear campaigns demonstrate that someone is guilty because of the sheer number of “credible allegations.” It’s frightening to think that people — for short-term political gain — would destroy centuries of tradition and precedent, annihilating due process and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty because such things don’t serve their political purposes.


In these tumultuous weeks, we found the true measure and nature of people and of parties. We see now that the parasitic left has eaten the host of the Democratic Party from within and in a moment when 75 percent of the American people were discussing the Kavanaugh confirmation battle, the mask came off to reveal a snarling, vicious, totalitarian political force that is deeply un-American.

It revealed that there are many on the left who don’t care one whit for constitutional order and the peaceful transfer of political power: It’s rule or ruin for them, and by God, if they cannot have political power, they will burn it all down, from institutions to the very foundations of our constitutional republic.

There are some who think this is acceptable behavior because they’re convinced that they are right and that the ends justify the means. It’s the kind of mentality that let’s them think it’s perfectly fine to savage a man and try to politically assassinate him and destroy him because it’s “for the babies” — as in the right to continue killing babies.

They think their actions of harassing senators, of protesting in Senate buildings and on the streets will inspire others; and they’re right. The fact is, the videos of the left seething and frothing, chanting mindlessly in unison, disrupting Senate proceedings with primal screams, awoke many in the Republican base just in time for the midterms, so much so that now Democrats might not win the House back.

After these battles over Kavanaugh, people are wondering if we’ll get back to normal and my response has been that we’ll get back to normal when the left accepts that Donald J. Trump is the duly elected president of the United States and that as such, he has the right to enact his agenda, which includes putting up his nominees for the Supreme Court.

We all know that this will not happen. Those who believe in due process and constitutional order and the presumption of innocence had better be prepared to fight for those beliefs. As Trump said, this is now rule of law versus the rule of the mob.

But it’s also in these unsettling times, as the saying goes, that the cream rises to the top. Who would have thought it would be Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' MORE (R-S.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days Lawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities MORE (R-Maine)? There was doom and gloom among many, myself not included, during Christine Blasey Ford’s uncorroborated and deeply suspect testimony.

Then, in a moment many won’t soon forget, Graham called a spade a spade and galvanized people. He refused to play along with the pernicious lies and attacks of the left, not only giving a rousing defense of Brett Kavanaugh but calling out the left for exactly who they are and what they were doing. It was like a bolt of lightning that snapped many from their defeatist slumber.

And Collins’ speech on the Senate floor will be remembered as one of her greatest speeches, not only because of the import of the moment, but because in the face of the hissing mob, she centered people on what was at stake and that we cannot forget or lightly dismiss ideas and customs that have made us a great people.

To their shame, yet in their typical over-the-top rhetoric, the Women’s March immediately called Collins a rape apologist.

They and others did damage to the #MeToo movement, which has taken a blow to its credibility the last several weeks. It appears now to be more of a political tool of the left meant to destroy its political enemies with unsubstantiated, unverified and uncorroborated allegations, all the while mindlessly yelling “I Believe Her!”

While there is real merit to this movement to hold men and women accountable for their abusive behavior, not all men are predators and not all women are honest. Many women were galvanized by the “guilt by allegation” attempt on Kavanaugh’s career and reputation, fearful that their husbands or sons or brothers or fathers might be exposed to such treatment in the future.

But perhaps even more importantly, these last few weeks set in motion something that will likely become more apparent in the coming months and years: Many men who are middle to upper-middle class, who have led responsible lives, who could actually be allies in this fight to reform society, are still a very powerful tribe in this country.

They will not take these attacks sitting down. Until the #MeToo movement leaves behind blanketing genders as either guilty or innocent based purely off gender and purely off political affiliation, they are needlessly antagonizing potential allies.

Battle lines have been drawn and thank God there are still people like Sens. Graham and Collins,but even President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE and Justice Kavanaugh, who are willing to fight, to face down the mob. This struggle will not be over soon, nor is it entirely apparent which side will win. But we can be grateful that at least our constitutional republic will not be lost without a fight.

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for President George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority, which trains conservative political candidates and activists.