What we can Learn From Kavanaugh’s Hearing
Whether or not he’s innocent, Brett Kavanaugh’s current situation can serve as an important lesson: whatever we do now can come back to haunt us in the future.
In July, President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court to fill in a vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. This is a position that would raise Kavanaugh to the top of the judicial branch and would probably be the highlight of his judicial career.
At the time, Kavanaugh’s chances seemed very high. Kavanaugh had already been involved in the justice system for a long time and was previously a high-level judge in D.C., meaning he already had a lot of experience and credibility. Also, he was a republican being nominated into a majority republican Supreme Court, meaning he was already at an advantage to getting approved.
However, Kavanaugh’s chances soon took a downturn when he was accused of sexual harassment by Christine Blasey Ford who said the incident happened while the two were in high school.
Although they went to different schools, they both attended schools in the same area and Ford claimed the incident happened at a party, when Kavanaugh had too much to drink. Since Ford’s accusation, two other women have accused him as well. Now, Brett Kavanaugh finds his Supreme Court Nomination at stake.
Whether or not these accusations are true remains unknown, and most likely will stay that way. What is true, however, is that due to the way he behaved in high school, Kavanaugh put himself in a position where many people would be more inclined to believe these accusations in the future. It was the way Kavanaugh lived his life in high school that would eventually lead to his reputation being at stake so many years later.
If you saw his testimony, you’ll notice that Kavanaugh really loves beer; he said this multiple times when being questioned about his history with the drink. He also admitted that he loved beer in high school, and his testimony suggests that he was a heavy drinker at the time.
The point is that now that these allegations are coming out, people are looking to Kavanaugh’s beer-drinking high school years and seeing this element as “proof” or “evidence” that Kavanaugh is probably guilty. They see this as “proof” that Kavanaugh was a rowdy and irresponsible adolescent who could have gotten himself into this kind of trouble, even without having concrete evidence.
No matter what really happened, Kavanaugh’s past choices did come back to haunt him, even decades later. Had Kavanaugh made better choices in the past, more people now would probably be less inclined to perceive him as being guilty. Kavanaugh’s case can ultimately teach us to be more careful of our actions because what we do now can eventually impact our future and the way people will perceive us.
This is especially true today due to the presence of social media in our lives. Now, a lot of our social life and decisions will be recorded permanently. Anything from videos or photos posted on Snapchat and Instagram to texts often end up staying in databases, available to be accessed at any time by certain authorities.
Kavanaugh lived his high school years long before social media, and even the internet, and his past was still able to catch up with him so many years later. Were social media present at his time, there would probably be much more evidence either for or against him; maybe we would even know if he’s innocent or guilty.
Since so much of Kavanaugh’s past came back to haunt him without the help of social media, just imagine how much of ours can come back to us in the future.