Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford found herself at the center of one of the ugliest partisan battles in political history and attempted to besmirch, defame, and destroy one man’s stellar reputation in judicial circles. And it seems it was all at the behest of an angry, spiteful, and bloodthirsty Democratic Party. Now, for her valiant efforts, she is being rewarded by her backers.
Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) has nominated Ford for the once prestigious Profiles in Courage Award, given by the JFK Presidential Library each year to recognize “public official (or officials) at the federal, state or local level whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership.”
They worked in war zones, stood up to tyranny, and steered the nation in troubling times…
Blasey-Ford, however ruthlessly used and abused at the hands of the Democratic Party, does not fit the criteria of the award. Not even close.
Created in 1989 by the Kennedy family, the award was to honor the kind of courage that President John F. Kennedy admired and penned in his Pulitzer Prize winning book, Profiles in Courage. Kennedy was determined to pay tribute to those “who risked their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good.”
Past recipients include: Kofi Annan for human rights achievements, former President Gerald Ford for navigating a post-Watergate nation, and Senators John McCain and Russell Feingold for their efforts in campaign finance reform.
They worked in war zones, stood up to tyranny, and steered the nation in troubling times — heck, former Representative Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords (D-AZ) was shot while holding her patented “Congress on Your Corner” meeting in Tucson, Arizona.
Those are profiles in courage. Blasey-Ford hasn’t shown the courage to carry their water. And she isn’t eligible according to Award Criteria:
- Ordinarily, the award will be made to living Americans who are or were elected officials.
- Individuals at all levels of government—federal, state and local—are eligible for the award.
- Emphasis will be placed on contemporary acts of political courage.
- On occasion, in rare and special circumstances, awards have been made to foreign officials.
But if you ask Speier, Ford is the epitome of Kennedy courage:
“Nominating Dr.Christine Blasey-Ford– a true American (s)hero who sacrificed so much to do what was right for our country and for the pursuit of truth of justice – for this year’s Profiles in Courage Award @JFKLibrary. She is an inspiration to all of us.”
Once nominations are collected, a review by a bi-partisan committee will determine the award winners, who will be honored on JFK’s birthday, May 29. But let’s take a gander at that committee. Out of 16 members, only one is a Republican legislator, the rest falling into the category of mainstream media, academia, liberal organizations, and one token member of the Kennedy family.
With that line up, perhaps Blasey-Ford will make the cut.
Are We Keeping the Story Alive?
In light of calls for “proof of life” for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — the most steadfast work horse on the bench who hasn’t been seen in almost two months — perhaps Speier is attempting to keep the Blasey-Ford fiasco in the public eye with her nomination. If Ginsburg’s retirement is imminent, the ugly past sure to be repeated might be their strategy in derailing the next nominee. Let’s face it, Democrats have recently demonstrated a certain insanity that is difficult to understand.
One thing is for sure: Ford does not measure up to a Profile in Courage award — unless one considers her inability to remember details under oath, the ability to implicate others who steadfastly denied her rumors, and talent of telling tales that were devoid of facts. Then she’s a shoe in.