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Democrats Ditch ‘Presumption of Innocence’ in Favor of ‘the Ends Justify the Means’

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If there’s one basic concept that forms the foundation of our legal system, it’s that an accused party is innocent until proven guilty. Whether it’s a criminal charge or a lawsuit, those pressing charges or demanding damages had better be able to offer some proof. You don’t have to prove your innocence; your accuser – who you have a right to face - has to prove your guilt.

That simple concept is the bedrock upon which most United States law is built. It informs virtually everything that transpires in an American court. So, it only stands to reason that Democrats, a group of people who have shown increasing disdain for the nation’s traditions, have decided to abandon it in an effort to destroy Brett Kavanaugh.

To be fair, they’ve been willing to jettison their supposed belief in the presumption of innocence for a long time. Just ask Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas about the left’s willingness to destroy a candidate over baseless allegations.  The difference with Brett Kavanaugh is that now they’re willing to be open and honest about their intentions.

Remember: There’s not one shred of evidence that Kavanaugh has ever done anything wrong.  There’s no proof and no corroboration of the claims made against him.  Yet Democrats are desperate to get in front of a camera and argue that evidence doesn’t matter. For no reason other than Kavanaugh’s judicial conservatism, they feel Kavanaugh’s accusers “are credible.”

As Senator Maize Horono (D-HI) put it:

"I put his denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches his cases.

"…When I say that he is very outcome driven, he has an ideological agenda, very outcome driven, and I could sit here and talk to you about some of the cases that exemplifies his, in my view, inability to be fair."

In other words; Horono feels Kavanaugh’s denials are irrelevant, because she disagrees with his politics. Never mind the fact that she can’t verify the accuser’s story. That’s not the point. She’s decided to believe it, because she wants to, and you’re supposed to do the same.

Later, Hirono would double down on this attitude, and sadly she’s isn’t alone. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) joined her, saying:

“It is Judge Kavanaugh who is seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, and who I think now bears the burden of disproving these allegations, rather than Dr. Ford and Ms. Ramirez who should be dismissed with slanderous accusations.”

Both of these people are willing to proclaim Kavanaugh guilty with literally nothing to back up their position, simply because it’s politically fortuitous. Point this out to a liberal, and you’ll endure a momentary deer-in-the-headlights gaze as they decide whether this is really the course on which they want to embark.  Then they’ll invariably argue that “this isn’t a criminal proceeding” so it doesn’t matter.

As left-wing intelligentsia member Sally Kohn wrote on Twitter, this is just a ‘promotion,’ so the burden is, once again, on Kavanaugh:

“…this isn’t a criminal hearing. Kavanaugh’s liberty isn’t at stake, just a promotion. A big one, obviously. So the standard is patently different. All along, he has had to prove he deserves to be appointed.”

Hear that, men who would prefer not to be accused of attempted rape? If you’re up for promotion, you’re fair game. And get this, no one has to provide any corroboration that their accusations are true, because it’s “just a job.” Oh, sure.  It will wreck your life and be a stigma that you’ll be forced to live with for the rest of your days, but oh well. It’s your fault because you wanted that raise.

The fact is that while it may not be a criminal charge, these are charges that will – without question – follow the nominee for the rest of his life. To argue that you can claim virtually anything, and it’s up to the candidate to prove you wrong, is utterly disgusting and anathema to everything for which we supposedly stand. It should scare the living daylights out of anyone who would rather the country not descend into banana-republic show trials.

Why?  Because there are those, like “Teen Vogue Columnist” Emily Linden, who are more than happy to see innocent men wrongly accused.  …As long as it helps “undo the patriarchy.”

As she said on Twitter:

"Here's an unpopular opinion: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations.

"Sorry. If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that is a price I am absolutely willing to pay."

As I said before, none of this is new.  They’ve been willing to employ this tactic for awhile. The shocking thing here is how open, and how brazen, they’ve become. There are those who will argue that conservatives should thank them for their honesty, since these sorts of statements will make for excellent Republican campaign ads. Maybe they’re right.

Regardless, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that there is a growing progressive chorus willing to jettison the “presumption of innocence” in favor of “the ends justify the means.” Despite all their ceaseless talk of an America that’s being forced toward totalitarianism, they seem to be the ones making the biggest push.

For the left, it’s agenda über alles.

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