You're right. It's not a trial, but the presumption of innocence is a concept that pervades the American psyche in just about all aspects, from businesses, to courtrooms. And that is where I fall; on the principle of "innocent until proven guilty." My wife, my daughter and women I grew up with have all suffered rape, and in a similar circumstance that Mrs. Ford did, so I sympathize with her. I also no a woman that falsely accused a man for rape for no other reason than she was upset at his rejection of her. I remember as a stripper here in NC claimed to be gangraped by the Duke Lacrosse team, a claim that was utterly destroyed in court. But their lives were turned upside down. And she is currently in jail for other charges. I really do as far as what she claims happened. But I have to think about my boys, their future sons and daughters, as well as myself. I have to ask myself, "Would I want to live in a country that allows unsubstantiated claims to determine a person's guilt?" The darkness of human nature forces me to concede that people do horrific things. It also forces me to be honest about the fact that people lie. The protection America has built into it's judicial system and into its core philosophy of justice is this one principle of "innocent until 'proven' guilty."
Ford didn't meet that burden of proof. She made an accusation that was unsubstantiated and full of holes. That doesn't mean it didn't happen, but we as a nation should be honest and admit that there is nothing that proves it did happen either. That being said, I would welcome any investigation that took place after these proceedings and the outcome of it, whether it results in a more solidified case against Kavanaugh, or his exoneration of all charges. To stop this process would do exactly what the Democrats who exploited this woman wanted, and that would be to delay the nomination until they could hopefully gain control of the Senate in the mid-terms. Once that happens, they could block any nomination, which is their goal until 2020.
The women in my family, and myself are staunch supporters of the #metoo movement. Yesterday, we saw a woman's plea politicized by the Democrats, deliberately silenced until just the right time to have the most impact on the elections, not her plight for justice. It made me cringe, because I know that the movement will suffer for it.