Though I believe Christine Ford for many reasons, including the emotional toll she paid and her lack of a motive to lie, I don't know that 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape 15-year-old Christine Blasey.

I agree that boys will be boys. But men who are emotionally volatile, politically biased and lie under oath don't belong on the Supreme Court. The nation witnessed his performance; I won't waste space detailing his prevarications. They are readily available to anyone with internet access.

I also want a conservative judge, but not this one. President Donald Trump's motivation for choosing him over equally qualified candidates was obvious: a bulwark against a subpoena with Trump's name on it.

Now we have a biased Supreme Court joining our biased executive and biased Congress. The government of checks and balances fades into memory as the authoritarian state strengthens its grip on power.

Ronald D. Blair, Lake Wales