Katz, Attorney for Kavanaugh Accuser, Is The Resistance
Katz, Attorney for Kavanaugh Accuser, Is The Resistance
Debra Katz, the attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is not just a partisan Democrat, she is The Resistance.
Katz has built her legal career on agitation of sexual harassment claims through very high profile cases. She is a committed activist on issues of discrimination. She is as likely to show up holding a sign of protest as she is wearing courtroom attire.
Katz protested the appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General (we are on the same page with that!), and she regularly protests in favor of DACA and equates immigration orders to Islamophobia. Her protest of Sessions was caught on camera where she stated:
“We are going to fight back,” she told a reporter. “We are going to resist. We will not be silenced.”
What people on the Right need to understand is that these people have been at this for decades. They are light years ahead of any conservatively-minded constituents. Katz is a classic example of one steeped in social activism since at least law school. Who wouldn’t expect to have honed her skills to such a sharp point by this time?
But it takes a special kind of devious mind to think up the demands set forth for Ford’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. What American in their right mind would’ve ever thought to suggest that Brett Kavanaugh go first? It is simply masterful and Saul Alinsky would be so proud. Give them a demand that is impossible to honor but can be seamlessly twisted into a denial of justice when they disagree. Brilliant.
SOURCES: Ford team wants NO questions from lawyers, only Qs from Committee members, #Kavanaugh cannot be in the room, Kavanaugh must testify FIRST – more to come …
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) September 21, 2018
Of course, these “demands” are completely ridiculous, and as Alan Dershowitz says, “Anti-American.” If one has any semblance of understanding, or God forbid, reverence for the United States Constitution, it would be impossible to think up such an absurd limitation.
There are lots of things to be outraged about with regard to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. Here are the two things that I think rise above all others in importance:
As to the damage to the justice system: we have an adversarial system of justice wherein parties with grievances operate under standard rules to sort out their claims. Unless the procedural rules are followed in the same way for every case, we cannot maintain respect for the system. To even suggest that long-standing neutral rules of procedure be turned on their head is to resemble something a tyrant would do. Once the system is perceived as arbitrary and capricious there is little reason to adhere to the law. Without a reliable and trustworthy system, American society will fracture. What a sad day that will be, when Americans no longer believe in America.
As to the damage this is doing to women: The #MeToo movement long ago stepped over the line and made a mess of what can be perceived as inappropriate behavior. Nobody knows anymore where the lines are. The predictable backlash on this is a separation of society, not a unity. Men and women who disagree have generally been cowed into silence, because they will be immediately shamed if they defend themselves. This is especially troubling for moms of sons. Some liberal moms miss the point when they think their own son would never be victim of this because, “My son will always treat women respectfully.” They fail to see that it is the prevalence of the false allegation that puts their son in danger, and how they have been party to strengthening this tactic.
Further, this does nothing to generate respectful relationships between men and women. Why invite a women into the group when at any moment a mere allegation could ruin someone’s life? This keeps men and women from achieving parity in the workplace and in social relationships. Feminists may think they are empowering women, but they are boxing them in. Men will, out of self-preservation, distance themselves from women. If women are willing to brand all men as rapists, then how can women not think that men will brand all women as opportunists, willing to wield the rape card anytime they don’t get their way.
Finally, in contrast to giving women power, this makes women look like immature children who need protection. Ford’s demand that Kavanaugh not be in the room when she gives her testimony? What is she, five? A grown woman with a PhD can’t get herself together enough to air her grievance? Thanks for continuing to feed into the narrative that women are weak. Set back another 20 years. It’s almost enough to think that maybe women are too fragile for the real world. These feminists are doing far more harm than good.
And a final note on Katz. What an unhappy person one must be to make grievance mongering your life’s work. Give her a cause and she’s on the front line, on camera of course. She struck a very big one with Ford, and despite being an officer of the court she had no compunction about bringing forth a claim so frivolous it’s doubtful a law enforcement agency would ever entertain opening an investigation. But when you see her philosophy for how she operates, it’s not a surprise at all:
Her firm, Katz, Marshall & Banks, focuses on discrimination and whistleblower law. With a reputation for securing wins for clients, the firm is in high demand, which unfortunately means they have to turn down many meritorious cases. On the other hand, the firm will also take on clients even if there isn’t a legal claim, if they believe their cause can have significant impact.
“Sometimes people come to us and because of the time that has passed, there isn’t a legal claim, but they have an important story to share,” says Katz. “In those cases, we may help them to be empowered to share their story. When a story like this becomes public, it in turn empowers other people to come forward and shatters the type of silence that has allowed workers to be harassed and abused with impunity.” [emphasis added]
I’m off to mend the justice system that has been so unfairly disregarded, and try to be an example of a woman who doesn’t need to tear down men in order to feel good about herself.
Featured photo credit: screen grab of Debra Katz from Katz, Marshall, and Banks, LLP