We are coming to the close of baseball season. I want to post this picture now just in case my Cardinals do not make the post-season play. They still have a chance to get the second wild card spot in the National League, but I never assume. So, I’m waiting for the last few regular games to be played, and then we’ll see.
We’re all playing a waiting game politically as well. Most of it revolves around Brett Kavanaugh and his confirmation hearings to be a SCOTUS justice. A woman named Dr. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually attacking her back in high school. Now we are all waiting to see if she will testify before Congress, and if so, when?
Just a guess on my part, but I suspect this will not keep the GOP members of the committee holding these hearings from voting to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate. What interests me about all this are the side arguments it has precipitated. Some male GOP committee members have been pushing the idea that even if the attack happened, it was back in high school and that kind of thing happens in high school all the time.
So, according to these men, during high school years girls are fair game and boys cannot be held accountable??
Next there is the problem of various GOP politicians making jokes or dismissive statements about sexual assault. Rep. Ralph Norman (R – SC) opened a campaign debate by stating that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when she was nominated, claimed she was groped by Abraham Lincoln. Of course he was kidding, but the real message was that the women coming forward with their stories of assault and abuse should not be believed. I haven’t heard how, or even if, Justice Ginsburg responded.
Trump showed some restraint at first, but that didn’t last. He finally had to say something or bust I imagine. So, he displayed his complete lack of understanding of the abuse victims’ situations by saying that if the attack were really that bad it would have been reported when it happened, and why didn’t she report it. This upset many who support the victims of sexual assault, but I’m not sure what they expected. Trump has bragged ON TAPE about what he is able to do with women. What else would he say?
Then there is the ever-present question of the release of records. A good portion of Kavanaugh’s records have not been provided, and many Democrats in congress, and many of us who have been following these hearings, are wondering what Trump and the GOP are hiding.
Finally, we are waiting for midterm elections. Campaigns are rolling along. Polls are being reported almost daily. I don’t pay much attention to any of it. I find out about the candidates, decide who I want, vote in November, and that is it. I do worry about getting the Blue vote out. It is vital for the country that Democrats do very well in midterms. If things continue the way they are the country is going down the tubes.
And outside my window I see cardinals and house finches and goldfinches and titmice. All this summer I’ve had a pair of hummingbirds buzzing about my back yard. I know they will migrate south soon, but I’m glad they decided they liked my yard this summer. Watching the birds puts things in perspective.
Until next week….