Brett Kavanaugh trial raises discussion on campus

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Doubt and suspense has been manifesting itself from political leader Brett Kavanaugh’s trials, which were held from September 4 – October 4. Sterling College students followed the controversy and had mixed feelings about it at the end.

“My opinion of the case, is that the Senate/Judiciary committee should be doing over-sightment—they should be making sure this person is fit to do the job. And in this case, they went far beyond their reach and turned it into an investigation of sorts. If this was such a significant concern for the Senate, it should have been done outside. It should have been a legitimate investigation. The fact that his investigation was kind of a sham to be honest, is just sort of something I don’t really agree with. That’s why I don’t pass a judgement on whether he was or wasn’t guilty,” senior Drake Koops said.  

The heart of the investigation likely had less to do with Kavanaugh, and more with politics.

“A lot of it has to do with the partisanship that goes along with it. Democrats and Republicans were fighting over the fact that the Democrats didn’t want Brett Kavanaugh on there, and the Republicans were so strongly in favor of him being on there. So you have a lot of issues that come along with that, that are underlying that you don’t see. A lot of this became about the sexual allegations rather than the partisanship there is within the Senate,” Koops said.

Besides the trial being a political concern, it also drew attention to the injustices surrounding sexual assault cases.

“A victim’s testimony should be proof at least to open up more of an investigation, and maybe that that person is not a sound choice to go on the Supreme Court. When you have people who have done that kind of thing or have raised any suspicion of it, it makes it a lot harder for victims to come forward about it,” junior Lexi Sutter said.

Students used the news story to start conversations that could change the way our culture deals with injustices.

“I think one positive affect of this crummy situation, is people are speaking out more and saying, ‘Hey, it’s not okay for this to happen.’ And one of the most important things I’ve noticed in this specific case, is I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘If you feel like there was lot of misjudgment in this, then you need to register to vote, because the people who are representing you should be representatives of what you think and believe in. And if there is no one who represents what you believe in, then you won’t be heard and we lose the whole point of democracy if you don’t vote,” Sutter said.  

Though the trial is over and Brett Kavanaugh is now part of the Supreme Court, Koops thinks that problems similar to this case will continue.

“I think it’s just kind of our society in general, just how politically correct we have become. How afraid of voicing our opinions and just being direct and as straightforward as possible. Because people will say things that sound correct, but then the message gets lost. I think with just this culture, especially in politics, they know what the buzzwords are. They know what bothers people the most. With these sexual allegations, it seems to show a culture that is really leaning to be as politically correct as we can be in these situations,” Koops said.

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