Letter: Kavanaugh hearings diminished presumption of innocence

To the Editor:

The country suffered through the Kavanaugh hearings. There were many painful parts of the hearing. The attempted destruction of a fine man, the abandonment of one of our most important principles, established by our forefathers: The presumption of innocence.  

The betrayal of Dr. Ford's request for anonymity, by someone on the Democratic side. Then, there were the disruptive actions of the demonstrators — some of whom were paid. Those on the left always point to the First Amendment and the right of assembly. Without a doubt, an important part of our history and  one of the building blocks of our democracy. By their actions and words, however, in this case and in many others, they forget about the word that precedes the word assembly in the amendment: Peaceful.

All of these were bad enough. But it went to the sublime, when Justice Kavanaugh's high school picture was brought out and questioned about his actions as a teenager.  

What did we learn? Teenage boys, drop the F-bomb, drank beer, talked about women, and wrote stupid things in yearbooks and letters. Those on the left were grasping for anything to attack the judge, now say that ramblings and actions of adolescents are fair game.

If that is the new criteria, then consider the man who penned these words about high school: “Pot helped, and booze, and maybe a little blow when you could afford it." A little more serious then throwing ice cubes. Those words and many more like them were written by Barack Obama.  

I only point this out show that whether you liked him or not. He moved beyond the adolescent immaturity and became president.   

Shouldn’t Justice Kavanaugh be accorded the same respect for his achievements?

Dick Moccia

Highcliff Terrace, Oct. 8