Merrick Garland and checks and balances are great reasons to resist the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to our Supreme Court through the 115thCongress. The GOP, in today’s hearings, kept repeating “regular order”, as if they have not long ago forgotten the meaning of the phrase except to rein in the opposition. They repeated “regular order” although they have spent the past ten years trashing regular order with their obstruction, with their voter suppression, with their blocking of Obama court appointments, and by blocking the appointment of the well-qualified and nonpartisan Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. There were 60 attempts to overturn the ACA and there were government shutdowns.
The nerve of the GOP acting all proper, empowered, and fake-judgmental towards Democrats who have very few ways to get their point (and, by the way, the point of most of we the people) across.
Senators, do not do this. Do not put this man on the Supreme Court of our nation at this time when so many Americans are opposed to this appointment.
I listened to the speeches swing back and forth, left to right, all day. The Democrats were calm and kind and well-reasoned. They needed access to the documents they had already requested (denied by the executive branch), they needed time to read the documents dumped on them (with malice) last night just before today’s hearing. They pleaded with the Republicans to not place an ideologue on the Court when our democracy is under attack by one or more foreign powers and our President might soon be under indictment, when a midterm election is so near.
The Republicans sneered. They said that they made it through all the 42,000 documents. It only required losing a night’s sleep. (No one, Democrat or Republican, looked like they had lost a night’s sleep.) They have no intention of supplying documents from when Kavanaugh was in the White House, as requested.
The speakers from the GOP accuse the Democrats of flaunting the laws of the land. They posture, they verbally strut, they bubble over with righteous indignation.
We the people can see that the GOP refuses to check the President who is, in our estimation, out of control. We know that if Kavanaugh joins the court our President will not only lack checks, he will have a strong supporter on the court – approved by the very right wing Federalist Society. Trump will have a fringe right-winger who believes you cannot indict a sitting President.
This could be the way our democracy dies. Checks and balances were the gifts our forefathers gave to we the people and we have undervalued these gifts. We should all protest the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We should do it because of Merrick Garland (who was not even allowed a hearing) and because without checks and balances there is nothing to stop our democracy from becoming a dictatorship.
Thank you Kamala Harris. Thank you Amy Klobuchar. Thank you Cory Booker. Thank you protestors who let your bodies be dragged out of the hall. Thank you to all the Dems and shame on you Lindsay Graham for your ridiculously emotional harangue. John McCain would not be with you on this.
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