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Letter: The fight to stop Kavanaugh isn’t over

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To the Editor:

First and foremost, Justice Kavanaugh’s initial nomination at least appears corrupt. In 2012, he decided in favor of President Trump’s businesses, voting with his fellow justices to overturn an overwhelming pro-union vote among workers at his Atlantic City casino. That decision was criticized thereafter even by former Republican officials as lacking even the barest of legal foundations.

His partisanship is also well-known. He served under Ken Starr in his special counsel investigation into President Clinton, where he allegedly leaked sensitive information to the media in order to hurt the other party. After that stint, he served on then-Governor George Bush’s legal team during the Bush v. Gore recount effort, only to be rewarded afterward with a high-level White House staff position. That led to his 2006 nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court, one of the most important in the country.

Oddly enough, he has also argued that the president should be “excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship,” meaning that presidents would be immune to investigations of their potential crimes until after leaving office. He’s publicly pondered that President Richard Nixon was right, that he should’ve been able to withhold information about the Watergate break-in to maintain his office and political power. With the potential for constitutional issues arising from the special counsel investigation currently ongoing, his impulse is to yield to presidential authority. He wants to empower the federal executive branch with Trump at its head.

On gay marriage, Kavanaugh simply called the historic Obergefell v. Hodges a precedent and refused to state his personal legal opinion on its constitutionality. Given how he is replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy’s deciding vote in that case, his new position is especially alarming for gay rights. Further, he’s made a point of going after the rights of native Hawaiians, stating that they should be treated on a separate basis than other native tribes. For Roe v. Wade, he’s publicly praised various Supreme Court dissents filed by past justices arguing that a women’s right to choose is not a protected right, and should rather be left to states to decide.

Aside from those horrors, he’s an accused sexual predator and accused belligerent drunk.

Now, we enter dire straits for our Constitution. Kavanaugh’s confirmation for the Supreme Court comes courtesy of corporate mainstream Democrats and spineless Republicans, a bipartisan coalition of shame. We need to turn out in November and vote in a Congress that will investigate the crimes and corruption of Justice Kavanaugh and compel his resignation. If not, we must elect leaders in 2018 and 2020 committed to his impeachment and removal from our Supreme Court. With the Constitution on our side and the people united, we can win and create a country with real equal justice for all.

Sincerely,

Will Harmer, Treasurer for Our Revolution UMass Amherst

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3 Responses to “Letter: The fight to stop Kavanaugh isn’t over”

  1. Ed Cutting, Ed. D. on October 18th, 2018 4:32 pm

    Do you know who appointed Earl Warren? Or even who he was?
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    It was Dwight Eisenhower, a Republican, and Warren had been the Republican Governor of California. And it was the “Warren Court” that is known for being *the* most activist court.
    See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Court#Historically_significant_decisions
    Hence you really don’t know what a Justice will or won’t be deciding in the future.
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    But the larger warning comes from Yeats, that the middle will cease to hold.
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    If you go after Kavanaugh, who clearly hasn’t done anything (yet) as a SCOTUS justice, then be prepared for people trying to impeach all of the District Judges who have been issuing all these injunctions against Trump. Have no doubt that there are people who want to do this, and it’s the 200+ year old precedent of the attempt of the Democrats to impeach Samuel Chase (a Federalist) that has led to a consensus that we don’t impeach judges whose politics we don’t like.
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    But if you want to make that acceptable — well, tossing lit matches around pools of spilt gasoline isn’t wise….

  2. Amy on October 18th, 2018 8:21 pm

    1. Liberals lost.
    2. You can’t impeach someone simply because you lost or you don’t like them or their views. Unless there is a legitimate reason like he committed a crime or did something horrible, he is not going to be impeached, even many democrats woudln’t vote if there was no basis.
    3. Liberal’s efforts to manipulate our democracy through the court system is failing.

    4. Obergefell v. Hodges is judicial usurpation. Liberals are frenzied and think whatever their opinion is is ‘moral’ and ‘right’ and they are fighting ‘injustice’ but the fact is the supreme court didn’t have the authority to make gay marriage legal regardless if you believe that gay marriage is ‘progress’ and that it’s fighting an ‘injustice’ or ‘discrimination’ or is the ‘right’ thing to do.

    The majority of the states in the country decided they didn’t want gay marriage and even adopted constitutional amendments.

    Now if a state like Massachusetts and the people within it , want to make gay marriage legal; that’s their right. That’s democracy but if New Hampshire or Texas or any of the other 49 states doesn’t want to make it legal or wants to make it illegal that’s their right too.

    Obergefell will have to be reversed or otherwise nullified. Judges don’t have the right to undermine our democracy. This is what makes kavanaugh great he is an orignialist he doesn’t think judges get to make laws or policies. Although liberals absolutely despise that, they want to cheat because in reality the majority of americans don’t like liberals or support liberal policies or values.

  3. NITZAKHON on October 22nd, 2018 11:48 am

    A liberal invoking the Constitution?

    BWAAA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

    Listening to a liberal talking about the rule of law and invoking the Constitution is like listening to a hooker talking about the need for abstinence and fidelity.

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