Our neighbor, Nancy, stopped my wife for a minute of chit chat and asked what she thinks of the Bret Kavanaugh story. My better half, never at a loss for words, and always armed with facts, proceeded to educate Nancy on the importance of the presumption of innocence to civilized society. “Kavanaugh’s accuser has no proof or even information about her ‘assault’ that implicates him,” my wife explained. “She can’t remember where it happened, when it happened, who was there, how she got there, how she got home – and the few things she does remember have been denied by her own named witnesses.”
Things were getting pretty hot when I happened on the scene. “You don’t believe he raped all those girls?” Nancy demanded. It angered and saddened me that Dr. Ford’s original charge, that 15-year-old Kavanaugh once tried to feel her up over her clothes, has metastasized into a history of violent gang rapes.
“This woman is destroying a man with a brilliant career, along with his wife and daughters, for nothing more than politics,” I said. “It’s just wrong.”
Nancy did not have – or need – any facts to support her position. “They should make his daughters testify in front of Congress!” she wailed. “Are you insane?” my exasperated wife said. “You want them to ask the girls if their daddy has got drunk and raped them lately?” Nancy’s comeback: “Well, I just don’t like Kavanaugh. He’s a liar. I believe the women.”
With the knowledge that there is no way to reason with a liberal, I grabbed my wife and hurried off to our grandson’s baseball game.
James popped in to say hi at the local YMCA. He used to play pickup basketball with us regularly, but we had not seen him for several months.
“I’ve been too busy for hoops,” he told us, which we all agreed is a good thing. “Make hay while the sun shines,” was my fatherly advice.
James is a young entrepreneur who started an automotive business customizing all-terrain vehicles. To supplement his income he bought a cargo trailer and makes regional hauls. “I’m hiring a couple more guys,” he said. “And I am offering them three times as much money as they are making now. There is no end to the trucking work available.”
“Business is booming all over,” I noted, and James said, kind of sheepishly, “I know, so why is everybody ragging on Trump?” A risky statement, because we all know that any defense of Trump in the presence of leftists is an invitation to an ugly scene, and James didn’t know that my basketball buddy and I are also conservatives. “I can’t see where Trump has done anything wrong. He is keeping all of his promises and it’s working. That’s what we needed, a businessman.”
I agreed. “It’s great to live in America,” I said. “I hope we can keep it that way.”
James gave us a little personal history. “I’m from the ghetto,” he said. “I’m not afraid of poverty, but I don’t like it much either. And it sure is clear to me that things are lot better now than they have been in a long time.”
“I’ve never been political,” James continued. “I just never talk about it because everybody gets kind of crazy, and I’m busy working anyway. But man, this stuff going on with the judge is just ridiculous.”
Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side
So, round and around and around we go
Where the world’s headed, said nobody knows
Oh, great Googamooga
Can’t you hear me talking to you?
Just a ball of confusion
Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today
Woo, hey, hey