The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has always been political but beginning with Bush vs Gore you would be forgiven if you thought the Supreme Court was an arm of the Republican Party

Consider the District of Columbia vs Heller which enshrined individual gun rights, then the 2013 decision striking down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act. Then the Citizens United decision which allows the corporations of America to drown the voice of you and me in a flood of money.

Now we have Donald Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh to the court. When Kavanaugh nomination was announced hundreds of students, alumni and teachers from the Yale Law School penned an open letter saying “Kavanaugh’s nomination “an emergency—for democratic life, for our safety and freedom, for the future of our country” …. “people will die if he is confirmed.”

The Republicans seen intent on pushing the nomination through in spite of the accusations from Christine Blasey Ford. Even if he is confirmed there will be an asterisk attached to Kavanaugh’s tenure that is even larger than the one attached to Clarence Thomas. And thus, Trump and the Republicans destroy another institution.

Two interesting facts. The United States is the only major country to give Supreme Court Justices life time tenure and if the Democrats take the House they could try to impeach Kavanaugh.

Louis Harpster