Yale Law School students have been protesting the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh because of the utterly unsubstantiated sexual harassment allegations against him. That is correct, these future lawyers, sitting in and acting out, have literally taken to the halls, sidewalks, and streets of New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. to rail against the Due Process Clause and the presumption of innocence, twin pillars of the American legal system since the country was founded. If this isn’t disturbing to a rational, freedom-loving human being, nothing should be.
Due process was considered so important by the Founders, in fact, that not one, but two Amendments to the Constitution contain a Due Process Clause, the Fifth and the Fourteenth. And the concept of presumption of innocence dates back to ancient Rome.
What has Yale done in regards to these demonstrations? It cancelled more than 30 scheduled classes on September 24th alone, to accommodate its budding young legal minds in their quest to eviscerate long-standing principles of enlightened jurisprudence that have protected billions of people from arbitrary search, seizure, imprisonment and death at the hands of despots and illegitimate governments over hundreds of years. “Yay, Elis!”
Oddly enough, I don’t recall the school’s law students going postal when Bill Clinton was credibly accused of harassment—or rape—by a baker’s dozen or so women prior to his election and throughout the 1990s. In fact, many on the left were appalled—appalled!—that pervy Republicans wanted to delve into Clinton’s private life. (Several “journalists” and commentators at the time felt tingles down their legs while in Bill’s presence or openly admitted that they’d “do him” if he kept abortion legal). Nor do I recall many Ivy-Leaguers rioting over the sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).
Which makes what one second-year law student told the Hartford Courant even more hilarious. She said: “As a community, we are here today to show that we take allegations of sexual assault and harassment seriously. We are here today to discuss the very real threat that Brett Kavanaugh poses to this country.”
No, you aren’t. You are revealing your extreme close-mindedness, bias and intolerance. You are, perhaps inadvertently, flaunting your ignorance of history and hatred of America.
Whether or not Brett Kavanaugh groped a gal in high school, he isn’t a real or existential threat to the United States.
Dispensing with due process and the presumption of innocence most certainly is.
(Winston Churchill was once taken to task for ending a sentence with a preposition. His response? “This is precisely the sort of pedantic nonsense up with which I shall not put!”).