Kavanaugh as Will Cane In Washington Town

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Kavanaugh as Will Cane In Washington Town

Helen: Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody’s gonna do any­thing about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it.

Woman in Church: I can’t lis­ten to any­more of this. What’s the mat­ter with you peo­ple? Don’t you remem­ber when a decent women couldn’t walk down the street in broad day­light? Don’t you remem­ber when this wasn’t a fit place to bring up a child? How can you sit here and talk and talk like this?

High Noon 1952

Of all of the virtues that a per­son can have the pri­mary one is courage, because with­out that virtue of courage no other virtue will endure and a great sign of courage is the will­ing­ness to stand tall.

Judge Kavanaugh could have pulled out, his­tory shows that if he had the left would have left him alone in the DC Cir­cuit. He would still make impor­tant deci­sions and argu­ments that would be pre­sented to the Supreme Court. He and his chil­dren would still have a com­fort­able life.

But that easy way out is not for a man of courage and Judge Kavanaugh has courage:

There is now a frenzy to come up with some­thing — any­thing — that will block this process and a vote on my con­fir­ma­tion from occur­ring. These are smears, pure and sim­ple. And they debase our pub­lic dis­course. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our coun­try,” Kavanaugh wrote. “Such grotesque and obvi­ous char­ac­ter assas­si­na­tion — if allowed to suc­ceed — will dis­suade com­pe­tent and good peo­ple of all polit­i­cal per­sua­sions from ser­vice. As I told the Com­mit­tee dur­ing my hear­ing, a fed­eral judge must be inde­pen­dent, not swayed by pub­lic or polit­i­cal pres­sure. That is the kind of judge I will always be. I will not be intim­i­dated into with­draw­ing from this process The coor­di­nated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of vio­lence will not drive me out. The last minute char­ac­ter assas­si­na­tion will not drive me out”

A lesser man would have cut and run, and plenty of Sen­a­tors, like the peo­ple in the court­room scene in High Noon would have been very happy if he did, both red state Democ­rats who will have to cam­paign on defend­ing or denounc­ing these two bit smears which will anger vot­ers they need to win, and GOP rinos who fear the left and media. They would have been happy if Kavanaugh would just go away.

I sus­pect he won’t because he rec­og­nizes the left’s tac­tics for what they are. It’s what I saw in 2016

This is about trick­ing you into let­ting go of your one chance to stop your own destruc­tion. They want you to lose your nerve. Fur­ther­more they want the GOP to lose their nerve and the press will do all they can do enable it.

and it’s what some folks like Rod Dreher are only now grasping:

The left will stop at noth­ing to destroy this man. Three years ago, a friend who defected in the 1960s from Hun­gary told me that he and his wife, also a defec­tor, are observ­ing that our pub­lic cul­ture reminds them more and more of Hun­gary at the advent of com­mu­nism. I asked him to explain what he meant. He told me that the ideologically-​driven eager­ness to destroy peo­ple that the Left iden­ti­fies as its ene­mies is the essence of it. He said that they will say any­thing they need to say, even if it’s untrue, to pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally destroy people.

I won­dered in 2015, when he told me that, if he was exag­ger­at­ing. I don’t doubt it at all now. Not after this.

These peo­ple must be fought and Kavanaugh is mak­ing this fight not only for the sake of the next judge in line, but is tak­ing it for the sake of a lot of peo­ple and for the sake of every woman who has a son. Dreher again:

Tonight I had a busi­ness call with some­one who lives in one of the bluest parts of Amer­ica. She men­tioned that this Kavanaugh busi­ness ter­ri­fies her for her sons. The idea that a man could be destroyed because of these accu­sa­tions infu­ri­ates her and makes her afraid. I think that many on the Left are not think­ing about the fact that women have daugh­ters, yes, but they also have sons, broth­ers, and husbands.

He under­stands if these peo­ple aren’t fought bravely in the court of pub­lic opin­ion it will even­tu­ally reach the point where they have to be fought with firearms. Judge Kavanaugh isn’t just sav­ing his name or the hide of the next judge. He’s sav­ing lives. I’ll give the last word to John Wayne in Big Jake (1971)

I hate secrets, never knew one to be kept They’ve all heard what’s in that red box, and they all want it. what we’re doin’ by this auda­cious dis­play is tellin’ ‘em they can’t have it. Hell, we may be savin’ some poor mis­cre­ant soul’s life by doing this. Maybe even our own.

Helen: Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody’s gonna do anything about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it.

Woman in Church: I can’t listen to anymore of this. What’s the matter with you people? Don’t you remember when a decent women couldn’t walk down the street in broad daylight? Don’t you remember when this wasn’t a fit place to bring up a child? How can you sit here and talk and talk like this?

High Noon 1952

Of all of the virtues that a person can have the primary one is courage, because without that virtue of courage no other virtue will endure and a great sign of courage is the willingness to stand tall.

Judge Kavanaugh could have pulled out, history shows that if he had the left would have left him alone in the DC Circuit.  He would still make important decisions and arguments that would be presented to the Supreme Court.  He and his children would still have a comfortable life.

But that easy way out is not for a man of courage and Judge Kavanaugh has courage:

There is now a frenzy to come up with something—anything—that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring. These are smears, pure and simple. And they debase our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country,” Kavanaugh wrote. “Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service. As I told the Committee during my hearing, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I will always be.  I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process   The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out.  The vile threats of violence will not drive me out.  The last minute character assassination will not drive me out”

A lesser man would have cut and run, and plenty of Senators, like the people in the courtroom scene in High Noon would have been very happy if he did, both red state Democrats who will have to campaign on defending or denouncing these two bit smears which will anger voters they need to win, and GOP rinos who fear the left and media.  They would have been happy if Kavanaugh would just go away.

I suspect he won’t because he recognizes the left’s tactics for what they are.  It’s what I saw in 2016

This is about tricking you into letting go of your one chance to stop your own destruction.  They want you to lose your nerve. Furthermore they want the GOP to lose their nerve and the press will do all they can do enable it.

and it’s what some folks like Rod Dreher are only now grasping:

The left will stop at nothing to destroy this man. Three years ago, a friend who defected in the 1960s from Hungary told me that he and his wife, also a defector, are observing that our public culture reminds them more and more of Hungary at the advent of communism. I asked him to explain what he meant. He told me that the ideologically-driven eagerness to destroy people that the Left identifies as its enemies is the essence of it. He said that they will say anything they need to say, even if it’s untrue, to professionally and personally destroy people.

I wondered in 2015, when he told me that, if he was exaggerating. I don’t doubt it at all now. Not after this.

These people must be fought and Kavanaugh is making this fight not only for the sake of the next judge in line, but is taking it for the sake of a lot of people and for the sake of every woman who has a son.  Dreher again:

Tonight I had a business call with someone who lives in one of the bluest parts of America. She mentioned that this Kavanaugh business terrifies her for her sons. The idea that a man could be destroyed because of these accusations infuriates her and makes her afraid. I think that many on the Left are not thinking about the fact that women have daughters, yes, but they also have sons, brothers, and husbands.

He understands if these people aren’t fought bravely in the court of public opinion it will eventually reach the point where they have to be fought with firearms.  Judge Kavanaugh isn’t just saving his name or the hide of the next judge.  He’s saving lives.  I’ll give the last word to John Wayne in Big Jake (1971)

I hate secrets, never knew one to be kept They’ve all heard what’s in that red box, and they all want it. what we’re doin’ by this audacious display is tellin’ ’em they can’t have it. Hell, we may be savin’ some poor miscreant soul’s life by doing this. Maybe even our own.