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States Supreme Court last night. "Are you ready for a fight,"
said Bernie Sanders. Yes, America appears ready for a fight
that may dwarf the 1987 Bork nomination by comparison.
Kavanaugh and Bork Are Two of a Kind
"He looked, and talked, like a man who would throw the book at you — maybe like a man who would throw the book at the whole country," said Tom Shales, media critic at the Washington Post, commenting on the Robert Bork confirmation hearings in 1987, cited in the exhilarating book, Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America, (W. W. Norton), by Ethan Bronner. [Pick a copy of Bronner's work if you have even a passing interest in the biggest political event since 2016, stopping the Kavanaugh nomination.]
Bronner chronicled a landmark breaking point in American political history when the people rose and the United States Senate listened, defeating the Bork nomination 58-42. The vote led to the nomination and confirmation of Anthony Kennedy, a corrupt justice responsible for the among worst decisions in American judicial history: Bush. v. Gore (2000), Citizens United (2010) and Shelby County v. Holder (2013), among them.
Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) publicly warned the zombie-like Senate Dems to assume war footing against the Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh who is even worse than Kennedy.
Defeating this radical corporatist-statist Kavanaugh presents problems vis a vis the radical corporatist-statist Bork.
First among the challenges is the current composition of the Senate — 51 (R) to 49 (D), (115th Congress).
In 1987, Bork faced a Senate controlled by Democrats 55 (D) to 45 R), (100th Congress).
In 1987, six Republican senators voted against Bork, (Los Angeles Times).
In 2018, only a fool would count on any Republican senators rejecting the Christian fascist nominee.
Bork was a public relations disaster on a superficial visceral level.
Kavanaugh came across as a blend of Jimmy Stewart and Matt Damon, who above all loves his family and likely says nice things about your mother.
Kavanaugh's unmistakably appealing image is a lie. The visible malice of Kavanaugh as a younger man has melted into the kind visage we watched last night.
Kavanaugh comes prevetted by the radical, anti-civil liberties Federalist Society, armed with a jurisprudence that is savage and hateful.
Trump is a malignant clown, but whatever delusions from which Trump suffers, he knows how to unite the right into a fascist, corporate, Christian state that animates the political animal Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh will vote to further degrade civil liberties and target women, minorities, immigrants, gays and elevate corporate power, executive branch power and any level of law enforcement over everyone in the name of god-almighty.
Our rights mean next to nothing.
The Republican Party and Kavanaugh will use the Supreme Court as a means of decimating the rights of the citizenry and any competing political opposition.
Make no mistake Kavanaugh is ambitious, vicious and deceitful. A woman's right to her body is gone with Kavanaugh on the Court.
Plan A should be no hearing, no vote until the Congress convenes in 2019.
Stopping Kavanaugh and Trump is doable.
We have the anti-Trump infrastructure in place, public opinion and mid-term elections. Trump and Republicans in Congress enjoy consistently low levels of approval.
We need determination and political competence.
This is the time of Bernie Sanders and it is the time of us. Our rights depend on what we do in the next six months.
As Stephen Macedo writes in The New Right v. the Constitution:
When conservatives like Bork treat rights as islands surrounded by a sea of government powers, they precisely reverse the view of the Founders as enshrined in the Constitution, wherein government powers are limited and specified and rendered as islands surrounded by a sea of individual rights.
Think of the younger generations, because the country we are leaving them will not be recognizable — a society of diminished rights, and people living as tools to power, tightly constrained, with little legal recourse.
A democracy without rights is tyranny.
Do we trust the future of our democracy to these six senators? Not on our lives:
Susan Collins.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 10, 2018
If you live in Maine, Alaska, North Dakota, West Virginia, Indiana or Alabama WE ARE ALL COUNTING ON YOU TO CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW to tell them you oppose #KavanaughSCOTUS (202) 2224-3121 ☎️