By Professor Doom
I know that sometimes rumors are true but…sometimes they’re false, and rumors pushed by our mainstream media are the ones most likely to be so (hi Trump-Russia Collusion!).
When Kavanaugh was initially selected for the supreme court, there were no rumors about him at all. I mean, he’d already been vetted repeatedly as he worked his way up the judicial system, and nothing dark ever showed up.
But, once it seemed likely he’d be confirmed, then suddenly all sorts of “rumors” sprang up (cf Trump, who was fine in the public eye for decades, then when Leftist power was threatened, turned into a racistsexisthomophobe). Part of the big problem with the “me too” and “believe her” campaigns is how they allow rumors to smear a person without evidence, merely testimony. Kavanaugh was actually attacked for being upset at having his name dragged through the mud, though he had good reason for his anger: such rumors, once unleashed, can never be put away. Even if, as in his case, the rumors are utterly unfounded, baseless, laughable, dated from when he was in high school, and multiple “witnesses” against him have recanted their testimony…the smear stays. It’s a really nasty thing to do to someone, and so he’s justified in being angry about it.
It’s queer how there’s never a decent investigation into how these coordinated smear campaigns get organized, but I digress, and need to get back to higher education: when you select faculty, a college teacher, you generally would like top people in the field, if you can get them.
Certainly someone like a Supreme Court justice would be pretty ideal to teach a college law course:
George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School hired Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to co-teach a course this summer called Creation of the Constitution. The course will be held 3,668 miles away, in Runnymede, England, where the Magna Carta was sealed 800 years ago…
What a privilege it would be to be enrolled in such a course. It’d be like taking a computer course with Bill Gates as a guest lecturer, or a business administration course with a Fortune 7 (i.e., one of the top 7 companies in the world) CEO as co-professor. Students must be thrilled.
Now, he’s a Supreme Court justice, as cleared as possible from all such wrongdoing. Surely people won’t hold those bizarre rumors, mostly established as definitely false, against him, right? Reasonable people won’t, but our campuses are neither populated nor run by only reasonable people. So what happened when a conservative Supreme Court judge comes to campus?
One student told George Mason’s Board of Visitors, “It has affected my mental health knowing that an abuser will be part of our faculty.” Another said, “The hiring of Kavanaugh threatens the mental well-being of all survivors on this campus.”
What the…? The FBI investigated, found nothing—I’m no fan of the FBI, but considering the claims against him included no dates, no confirming co-witnesses, no locations, and no corroborating evidence, I honestly don’t see how they could do much of an investigation. I remind the gentle reader multiple primary witnesses have admitted they lied in their claims.
And yet the smear sticks, so badly that the students are protesting. I don’t really want to subject people to our criminal “justice” system, but I hope the damage the admitted-lying witnesses have done to these poor
The Washington Post reports that a petition to fire Kavanaugh has gathered almost 3,500 signatures and has the endorsement of George Mason Democrats. GMU students have created separate forms for parents and alumni to pledge that they will not donate to the university so long as Kavanaugh is teaching.
Wait. Are there no adults on this campus able to tell these deluded students that the rumors are demonstrably false? Protesting students even defaced the statue of George Mason on campus, and still the “leaders” there failed to do their job of education:
The university’s spokesman Michael Sandler gave The College Fix a mealy-mouthed excuse saying, “We allow students to dress up the statue, so this doesn’t violate any policies that I’m aware of.” He said the university “strongly supports freedom of expression and this would seem to fall into that category.”
Sure, look the other way on the statue defacing…it’s easily fixed, and the students are doing it out of ignorance. Ignorance is forgivable, but now take the opportunity to let the students know that they are protesting a human being based on proven false rumors. Seriously, the people running our campuses aren’t even remotely educators now.
Again: forgive the kids for being ignorant, and there’s no hope of the campus “leaders” educating the students. Perhaps the faculty can help?
Professor Bethany Letiecq, the head of the George Mason chapter of the American Association of University Professors, endorsed a call by UnKoch My Campus, another leftist group, for a congressional investigation of GMU’s law school’s hiring of Justice Kavanaugh as an adjunct faculty member.
These. People. Are. Insane. Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court Justice…you want him on your campus, teaching law-related courses, regardless of accusations against him; that such accusations are false isn’t even that important.
Honest, if Benito Mussolini, Karl Marx, or Charles Manson were on campus giving talks on Fascism, Socialism, or Sociopathy (bear with me on the logistics here), such a campus would be world-renowned, and students/faculty, the smart ones, would be fighting to hear what these vicious murderers would have to say (note: I’m not saying anyone would agree with these notable’s beliefs…but they clearly were close to the top of their “profession,” much as Kavanaugh is). And these people have very serious crimes to answer for.
Kavanaugh does not.
Fortunately for civility, Dr. Angel Cabrera, the university’s president, said that there were no legitimate grounds for an investigation by the university. He threw a bit of pablum to the protesters by saying: “I respect the views of people who disagreed with Justice Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation due to questions raised about his sexual conduct in high school. But he was confirmed and is now a sitting Justice.”
Wow, even the Poo Bah will not take the opportunity to inform the misguided souls on campus that the rumors against Kavanaugh are mostly proven false (with the remainder exceedingly dubious).
The article I’m quoting from ultimately explains why the raging Leftists do not want this man speaking on campus, and it has nothing to do with fake rumors:
GMU students and faculty may also be disturbed about what Justice Kavanaugh is going to teach. In the course, Creation of the Constitution, he will explain how much the Magna Carta influenced the founders of our nation. The 1215 Magna Carta limited the power of central government and it forced a reigning monarch to grant his English subjects rights. It contained a list of 63 clauses drawn up to limit King John’s power, resulting in making royal authority subject to the law instead of reigning above it. It laid the foundations for limited constitutional governments, an idea offensive to most leftists.
I’ve spoken with many Leftists who honestly believe to their very core that rights flow only from government (their god, for the atheist Leftists), and that humans have no rights but those which are granted by government. Thus, I understand why they feel Kavanaugh must be silenced, by any means possible. As far as they are concerned, he speaks heresy, and no facts, no education, no opinion, can allow for such talk.
At least our rule of law, for now, just barely, will let him speak.