Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court. This raises a number of issues that will no doubt be subject to debate.
BTW, check out the above link to see Judge Kavanaugh utter his first words as a nominee to the Court. Those first words were to lie about Donald Trump’s broad search for a candidate. It is a whopper of the first order! Trump conducted no broad search. And we know that he has little to no respect for the law or for judges. He is interested in one thing and one thing alone — loyalty. More on that below. But shame on you Judge Kavanaugh! It is a bad start to an ugly narrative.
So one should be excused for saying that Kavanaugh is a republican judge, through and through. His affiliation is republican. His connections are conservative. And he and Neil Gorsuch represent the effort of the Republican Party to nail down control of the US Supreme Court for a generation. The lock step majority will be Roberts, Thomas, Alita, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.
The frightening consequence of this voting block is that the Supreme Court will drift away from what Americans actually want from legal policy. Polls reflect, for example, that a majority of Americans support gun control and abortion rights not to mention voting rights. The above Supreme Court majority are not likely to agree. And they win
Moreover, if Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate, the above majority block will likely decide if the current president can be compelled to testify before a grand jury and perhaps be indicted. In other words, Trump has appointed his personal court to serve his interests. We should not be surprised if Trump wins.
Finally, it does not stretch the imagination to see the above voting block as a barrier to developing federal policies that fix our problems in health care, immigration, environment and so on. Why? Because republican positions in these areas are that the federal government should not solve these problems. The republicans will no t need to win elections to see republican ideas holding sway in Washington.
This is why I hope that Senate Democrats will follow through with their opposition to this candidate getting a vote on confirmation before the November midterms. And I would expect that the two women Republican Senators who hold the power in their hands to stop this will do so.
And Kavanaugh’s nomination adds to the importance of getting out to vote in November., unless you like the direction the country is headed.
Let the games begin!