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Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Tom Hall, who commented on the article by Michael T. Hertz, "Parallels Between Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh."

Thanks for an important commentary. We read so much about grand concepts, justifying actions that would destroy the concepts.

Sex is an important reality in human life, even if some people want us to exclude it from the workplace or other parts of life. It’s bleakly humorous that so many people want to ban sex from the workplace, while seemingly all Fundagelicals want to ban it from private bedrooms. But we can’t ban sexual differences, or sexual feelings from either place.

What we can to is figure out and implement rules for making workplaces, play places, family places and private places more accommodating to all people, including women who have long been the subjects of discrimination, harassment and abuse in all of those places. And let’s not leave out children, who should be able to feel safe everywhere, even in Catholic Cathedrals.

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We have some rules. One important rule has been that every person is innocent until / unless proven guilty. But according to many people today, sex is so much more important that the rule of law, that an accusation of sexual misconduct should be treated the same as a conviction. No need for trial or presentation of evidence. According to them, we should abandon the notion of due process.

As we all clamor to watch the salacious arguments about what Kavanaugh may have done as a drunken teen, let us not lose sight of the fact that in his writings, he has been CLEAR, he thinks that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be reversed.

What Kavanaugh stands accused of is very bad behavior. His eager supporters want him to be acquitted without the bother of any exploration of the evidence for or against the accusation. Some of his detractors want him to be convicted without the bother of any exploration of the evidence. Such agreed positions, that the presumption of innocence should be discarded over a “higher principle,” serves only those who eagerly seek an end to the principle – and maybe to the rule of law.

As we all clamor to watch the salacious arguments about what Kavanaugh may have done as a drunken teen, let us not lose sight of the fact that in his writings, he has been CLEAR, he thinks that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be reversed. He wants to be appointed to a court from which he could vote to reverse Roe v. Wade.

AND, during his confirmation hearing, he stated clearly that he does not / will not distinguish between abortion and contraception. In his mind, and thus in his Supreme Court voting, both sex-related activities are equally bad, evil and both should be outlawed.

Kavanaugh is a profoundly regressive Republican politician. He wants to do away with things that our laws have evolved to allow, over recent decades: Pollution controls; Non-white Voting rights; Personal rights to control one’s body. A kavanaugh “justice” would be a clear and constant danger even to such “settled” rulings as Brown v. Board of Education.

We should not support the current Republican push for an end to the rule of law by demanding Kavanaugh’s head on a platter without any right to due process. Due process is ALWAYS an enemy to the forces of right wing corporatism. Let us demand that there be a full evidential exploration of his past conduct, and of it’s relevance to his current nomination for the Supreme Court. Let that evidential record stand, for all to see, whether or not his nomination is confirmed.