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This is why your vote matters

Given the socialism I see advocated in universities, it’s not surprising law professors joined the chorus of media, opposition party and “me too” naysayers to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court.

It wasn’t enough Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony lacked witness corroboration, contained lapses in memory and revealed an unconvincing fear of flying. It wasn’t enough Kavanaugh had years of superb judicial service, dozens of associates vouching for his character, and a high school calendar. It wasn’t enough to pause for the requested seventh FBI inquiry, recently labeled “incomplete.” Now Kavanaugh lacks “judicial temperament” because he passionately defended himself against unproved accusations of attempted rape and criticized tactics of hostile interrogators. Who then can qualify?

Who lacks temperament? The shouting women, accosting senators in hallways and elevators. Screaming mobs incited by political opponents. Organized student opposition to free speech when drowning out invited speakers disagreeing with them.

At stake is the rule of law and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. When that is negated, any accusation becomes judgment, law and order disappears, and anarchy is replaced by totalitarian dictators.

We have a serious threat to our republic. A critical midterm election will decide our direction. Having lived and taught philosophy abroad, I foresee the dominance of one current party adopting the Marxist playbook toward a cultural revolution. Or, with the other party, we can maintain limited government control, free enterprise, citizen rights and freedoms. Your vote determines either the drama of obstruction or the freedom to flourish.

Tim Bickel

Cedar Rapids

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