The recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of federal Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court brought American politics to a new low of incivility…
Identity politics, along with media frenzy and distortions, threatened to destroy our democratic processes…
But in the end – after the dust of incivility settled – reason and the rule of law triumphed.
Here are 7 takeaways from everything that happened:
- The confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh means that for the foreseeable future, the Court will act as an interpreter of the law, not as a legislator of new laws.
This is unacceptable to progressives. That’s why they desperately wanted to derail and reject the Kavanaugh nomination.
Everyone agrees that the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the United States … and that the Supreme Court has the responsibility to:
- interpret the meaning of the Constitution, and
- determine whether laws enacted by Congress are constitutional or unconstitutional.
However, there are 2 different ways of interpreting the meaning of the Constitution:
- The progressive view – the meaning of the Constitution changes with changing times and with cultural changes. Its meaning today is not the same as its meaning was 225 years ago.
- The conservative view – the Constitution must be interpreted according to the original intent of the framers. Its meaning today is the same as its meaning was when it was written.
With Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, there are now 5 justices who interpret the Constitution – and laws passed by Congress – according to the original intent and meaning of the Constitution as expressed by the framers.
These 5 justices believe it’s not within the authority given to the judiciary in Article 3 of the Constitution for judges – or the Supreme Court – to legislate from the bench.
Progressives on the other hand want the Court to contain a majority of justices who follow the progressive view of constitutional interpretation…
They want justices who will legislate new laws from the bench in accordance with their fluctuating interpretation of the changing meaning of the Constitution – and in accordance with their progressive social agenda.
- The Kavanaugh confirmation battle revealed the culture war not only between progressives and conservatives, but also between Democrats and Socialists.
Progressives and conservatives are waging a continual culture war over 2 opposing worldviews – particularly in relation to the proper role of central government within a society.
But the protests surrounding the Kavanaugh hearings revealed a disparity between 2 different branches of the progressive movement – the Democrat Party and the socialists – over their political agendas and priorities.
The official legislative priorities of the Democrat Party are issues such as:
- Lowering health care and prescription drug costs
- Investing $1 trillion in infrastructure and creating jobs
- Cleaning up government and bureaucratic corruption
The socialists – or democratic socialists, as they like to call themselves – have a more radical social agenda consisting of:
- Open borders
- Abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Establishing universal healthcare – in the form of Medicare for all
- Granting free college tuition for everyone
The socialists gained the upper hand during the Kavanaugh hearings by making the loudest noise during the protests.
When it became apparent Kavanaugh was going to be confirmed, they began talking about ways to impeach him if the Democrats take control of the House in the November midterm election.
Regarding the midterm election, New York Magazine senior art critic tweeted:
“Time to get ruthless. ALL Republicans must go; every one; none should be allowed to appear in polite society again; must be shunned; relegated to the dustbin of history…”
- The Kavanaugh hearings and protests were a disgusting experience of identity politics, politics by intimidation, and media frenzy and distortion.
The public disclosure of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein was deliberately timed to produce the maximum impact on the confirmation vote.
Even though the letter was received early in July accusing Judge Kavanaugh of sexual assault 36 years ago … Senator Feinstein waited to reveal it until AFTER the confirmation hearings were over and the Senate Judiciary Committee was about to vote on confirmation.
The media … progressive politicians … and organized progressive protestors – all of whom had opposed the Kavanaugh nomination from the beginning – jumped on the allegations from Dr. Ford.
They created a media frenzy of epic proportion…
They ruled Judge Kavanaugh guilty of all allegations – even though all were unsubstantiated and uncorroborated – until and unless he proved himself innocent.
He was subjected to the most vile and vicious attacks on his character, his behavior, his reputation and his integrity.
And when he objected emotionally to being called a serial gang rapist, he was deemed unfit for the Supreme Court due to his “temperament.”
Kavanaugh’s supporters on the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the full Senate were harassed by protestors in restaurants, elevators, the hallways of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and more.
When it was all over, novelist Roger L. Simon – co-founder and CEO Emeritus of PJ Media – reflected on the proceedings:
“Nothing was as expected. A real rape had taken place, but it wasn’t the one everyone was talking about. It was simultaneously a rape of Judge Kavanaugh, his family, and the American people themselves. The collateral damage was Dr. Ford, her friends, and her family. And the perpetrator was the Democratic (sic) Party, principally their Judiciary Committee members, their ranking member, and the minority leader.”
- Support for due process and the rule of law finally won over “guilty until proven innocent.”
The rallying cries of the Kavanaugh opposers were slogans like:
- “I believe Christine Blasey Ford!”
- “I believe the survivors!”
- “Believe the women!”
Joni Inman, director of the Colorado Women’s Alliance, said many women who refused to condemn Judge Kavanaugh did so out of their concern for applying due process to the situation.
“There’s some confusion,” she said, about believing him versus support for due process in this country.”
After the decision to add an FBI investigation to the investigation already conducted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave an impassioned speech about the “guilty until proven innocent” attitude of members of the Committee.
Watch the 4 ½-minute video below:
- Conservative women are energized as never before to vote in the November midterm election.
Women who supported the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh – or who simply chose to withhold judgment against him in favor of due process – were described by progressives as “brainwashed, shameful, privilege-defending gender traitors.”
Allie Stuckey, a CRTV talk show host, said, “I find the idea that ‘as a woman’ I must think a certain way extremely patronizing. If these so-called feminists really believed in female empowerment, they’d be encouraging women to think with their brains rather than their anatomy.”
But thinking for oneself has no place in identity politics … which is really just an intellectual form of bullying.
“People don’t like to be bullied for their beliefs by people who claim that our gender, socioeconomic status, race, etc., must determine our opinions,” Ms. Stuckey added.
- The media pundits became irrelevant – for once.
The media was certain that the last-minute revelation of sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh would torpedo his confirmation to the Supreme Court…
And delay another nomination by President Trump until after the midterm election … when the expected takeover of the House and Senate by the Democrats would prevent him from nominating another strict constructionist judge.
Even Fox News’ Tucker Carlson believed complex Senate rules would prevent a full-Senate confirmation vote before the midterm election if Dr. Ford’s attorneys were successful in delaying her testimony from the scheduled Monday date to Thursday of the same week.
- A political event was transformed into a spiritual event.
This is the most shocking takeaway of all…
It began during Judge Kavanaugh’s opening statement of his testimony regarding Dr. Ford’s allegations of asexual assault … when his voice faltered while speaking of his 10-year-old daughter’s desire to pray for Dr. Ford.
Roger Simon wrote:
“Far be it from me, someone who spent the better part of his life as your typical secular agnostic, to talk about God. But that was what I have been thinking about in the hours since I spent my day, as many of us did, watching the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing.”
He went on to say:
“It also dawned on me that whatever the pundits were saying had become irrelevant. The American people were watching now – they would make up their own minds – and… I thought I’d never say this … God was looking down on the proceedings.”
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