It is Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and the clock reads 2:35pm CT here on Cayman Brac. My second diving trip of the year is now done. It is time to head back to reality. And, the first cold wind of reality to hit me was the news that Bill Cosby is getting 3-10 years for sexual assault. Yes, the man we all welcomed into our homes as Dr. Cliff Huxtable, and the voice of Fat Albert, was found guilty of the unspeakable, and sentenced. Yes, we believed the women who came forward, even after all those years. Their stories were corroborated, and there were parallels. Just the same as Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Juanita Broaddrick, and Monica Lewinsky should have been believed.
So, here we are in the midst of allegations, and accusations, of sexual assault being levied against one Judge Brett Kavanaugh. There are those in the progressive socialist media apparatus, who have already labeled Judge Kavanaugh a sexual predator. They tell us that these women, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and Ms. Deborah Ramirez, should be believed.
Now, I am going to ask a question that will certainly result in my being pilloried, assailed, demonized, denigrated, and disparaged by the left, and perhaps others. What if — and I truly mean, what if — the alleged incidents Dr. Ford and Ms. Ramirez assert from 35 and 36 years ago never happened?
I objectively ask this question because it does, indeed, pose a very interesting issue, and dilemma. As of this moment, there has not been a single individual named, or unnamed, who has come forward to corroborate the stories, accusations, and allegations of Dr. Ford, and/or Ms. Ramirez . . . not a one, mind you. There have been inconsistencies identified, and very questionable timelines, as well as motivations.
After all, it is not as though Judge Brett Kavanaugh just fell into the public spotlight. He is, after all, a sitting federal circuit court judge, and has been so for a number of years.
It is right, fair, and honest to ask the question, “what if,” because our system of jurisprudence demands the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven. What if this is a political hit job? The ultimate smear campaign that went wrong? We must ask ourselves: what are the consequences?
Of course, if one were to suggest criminal punishment for such false accusations, well, the progressive, socialist, feminist movement would scream that you are, in essence, punishing women who have been sexually assaulted. They would claim that would push more women into never coming out to speak about their pain, and quiet suffering. I say that is not the case. I would say that there must be consequences, and ramifications — note carefully — for the purposeful, and willful, endeavor to destroy another person’s character due to false allegations.
As a matter of fact, I believe it would strengthen the ability for women who have been sexually assaulted to come forth, honestly. We are only talking about those who are conjuring up lies, and falsehoods, for the sole purpose of gaining political (or other) advantage. After all, we say that those who bring frivolous lawsuits, and lose their cases should have to pay the court fees, and legal fees, of the defendant. And, why not? Shouldn’t there be a consequence for wrongfully damaging a person’s reputation . . . and doing so with premeditation? One would presume that this, like identity theft, is more harmful than premeditated murder. Tell me, which one is worse: killing the body, or killing the reputation for time immemorial? I say they are equally heinous, and when premeditated, the planned killing of another’s reputation, character, can result in more irreparable damage.
Remember when one Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went to the US Senate floor, and remarked that he had information that Mitt Romney had not paid his taxes? Reid never produced any information, but the leftist liberal media ran with the story. After the 2012 presidential election, Harry Reid was asked about his allegations, and its veracity. Reid replied with a smirk, “he [Romney] lost didn’t he?” So, what is to become of Harry Reid, who stood on the venerable floor of our US Senate and delivered a lie? Why is he protected? Why should anyone be protected from bringing false allegations for political motivation?
What has happened to those women who accused Judge Roy Moore in Alabama? Why was it that the very next day after Moore lost the US Senate special election to Democrat Doug Jones that we heard nothing more [pardon the pun] about this, not from the women, not from the leftist media?
So, on Thursday, there will be a Senate hearing, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and tell her story. It is a story which she has admitted not being able to remember certain key details, and she has no corroborating witnesses . . . not at this time. I suppose the Democrat [Socialist] party will demand the same hearing be given to Ms. Ramirez, despite none of the six she named as corroborating witnesses have confirmed her story. As well, it appears that she was coached for six days before bringing forth her allegations.
What if this is all very bad Kabuki theater, and it was all just a ploy, a plot to delay the Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and taint his character? What are the consequences for those involved? Should they pay the American taxpayer back for the resources wasted in this unMasterpiece Theater? Should there be criminal charges brought against them, in federal court? Should we just accept an “aw shucks, my bad” from the Democrat [Socialist] party?
See, the real “what if” is this: what if there are no consequences, when will the Democrat [Socialist] party do the same thing all over again? And, the biggest “what if” of all: what if we awaken on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 and find that the Democrat [Socialist] party has control of the US House of Representatives, and/or the US Senate? Then we, the American people, will have just participated in the biggest Pavlovian experiment ever. We would have rewarded the most abhorrent of behavior . . . and we would deserve the consequences from that “what if.”
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group.