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Justice Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Is the Death Blow To Obama’s “Fundamental Transformation” #Trump #Kavanaugh #SupremeCourt #Obama

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that exposed Senate Democrats for the slugs they truly are, captivated the nation and ushered in a wave of outright disgust with the Democratic Party

Now the Supreme Court has a new 53-year-old judge that may well steer the nation back toward the rule of law, and the Constitution, for decades to come.

In fact, one could safely say that due to Kavanaugh’s strict adherence to the Constitution, the entire Democrat agenda to convert the United States into the second incarnation of the socialist Soviet Union is all but dead.

Obamacare is all but certain to be ruled an unconstitutional, federal overreach with Kavanaugh being the deciding vote on the Supreme Court.

Roe v Wade, or the “right” to abortion on demand could well be left intact, but deferred to the States under the 10th Amendment, given the fact there is no mention of abortion being listed under the enumerated powers of the Federal government.

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The ripple effect declaring abortion a State’s issue, would be the migration of abortion-desiring Americans to states with access to abortion, and those opposed to abortion, migrating to states that prohibit it. This would actually be in harmony with the dream of the Founding Fathers, as each state was intended to be a sovereign nation, in a Republic of nation-states, where the citizens could live as they pleased, as long as it was within the Constitution.

If the nation does begin a movement away from the centralized, controlling Federal government that Democrats have desired for generations, the “fundamental transformation” of the United States into a single-party socialist nation that Obama attempted to finish, will completely unravel.

Even as Kavanaugh took his oath of office in a quiet private ceremony, not long after the narrowest Senate confirmation in nearly a century and a half, paid
faux protesters chanted outside the court building across the street from the Capitol.

The climactic 50-48 roll call capped a fight that seized the national conversation after obviously fake claims emerged that he had sexually assaulted women three decades ago — allegations he emphatically denied, and was later exonerated by the FBI investigation.

Those accusations transformed the clash from a routine struggle over judicial ideology into an angry jumble of questions about victims’ rights, the presumption of innocence, personal attacks on nominees, and the clearly evil intention of die-hard Democrats.

His confirmation provides a defining accomplishment for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, which found a unifying force in the cause of putting a new conservative majority on the court.

Before the bogus sexual accusations distracted the world, Democrats had argued that Kavanaugh’s rulings and writings as an appeals court judge had raised serious concerns about his views on abortion rights and a president’s right to bat away legal probes.

Trump, flying to Kansas for a political rally, flashed a thumbs-up gesture when the tally was announced and praised Kavanaugh for being “able to withstand this horrible, horrible attack by the Democrats.” He later telephoned his congratulations to the new justice, then at the rally returned to his own attack on the Democrats as “an angry left-wing mob.”

Like Trump, senators at the Capitol predicted voters would react strongly by defeating the other party’s candidates in next month’s congressional elections.

“It’s turned our base on fire,” declared Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York forecast gains for his party instead: “Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box.”

The justices themselves made a quiet show of solidarity. Kavanaugh was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts and the man he’s replacing, retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, as fellow Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan looked on — two conservatives and two liberals.

Still, Kagan noted the night before that Kennedy has been “a person who found the center” and ‘it’s not so clear we’ll have that’ now.

Noisy to the end, the Senate battle featured a call of the roll that was interrupted several times by paid protesters shouting in the spectators’ gallery before Capitol Police removed them. Vice President Mike Pence presided, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years. House Democrats have pledged further investigation if they win the majority in November. Outside groups are culling an unusually long paper trail from his previous government and political work, with the National Archives and Records Administration expected to release a cache of millions of documents later this month.

Kavanaugh, a father of two, strenuously denied the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed he sexually assaulted her when they were teens with an incredibly weak story that was easily refuted with a brief investigation.

An appellate court judge on the District of Columbia circuit for the past 12 years, he pushed for the Senate vote as hard as Republican leaders — not just to reach this capstone of his legal career, but in fighting to clear his name of Ford’s ridiculous allegations.

As exhausted senators prepared for Saturday’s vote, some were flanked by security guards. Hangers and worse have been delivered to their offices, a Roe v. Wade reference.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate’s roll call vote.

McConnell told The Associated Press in an interview that the “mob” of opposition — confronting senators in the hallways and at their homes — united his narrowly divided GOP majority as Kavanaugh’s confirmation teetered and will give momentum to his party chances this fall.

When it was clear the sexual misconduct allegations were backfiring on them, Democrats then attempted to question Kavanaugh’s temperament and impartiality after he delivered defiant, emotional, testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he denounced their party.

Ultra-biased Democrat Chuck Schumer said Kavanaugh’s “partisan screed” showed not only a temperament unfitting for the high court but a lack of objectivity that should make him ineligible to serve. At one point in the hearing, Kavanaugh blamed a Clinton-revenge conspiracy for the accusations against him. Fortunately, Schumer confirmed Kavanaugh was the perfect person for the job, as anyone who would oppose the Democrat agenda is obviously who should be on the Supreme Court.

The fight ended up less about judicial views than the bogus sexual assault accusations that riveted the nation and are certain to continue a national debate and #MeToo reckoning that is yet to be resolved.

Republicans argued that a supplemental FBI investigation instigated by wavering GOP senators and ordered by the White House turned up no corroborating witnesses to the claims and that Kavanaugh had sterling credentials for the court. Democrats dismissed the truncated report as insufficient.

In the end, all but one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, lined up behind the judge. She said on the Senate floor late Friday that Kavanaugh is “a good man” but his “appearance of impropriety has become unavoidable.”

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In a twist, Murkowski voted “present” Saturday as a courtesy to Republican Kavanaugh supporter Steve Daines, who was to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in Montana. That balanced out the absence without affecting the outcome, and gave Kavanaugh the same two-vote margin he’d have received had both lawmakers voted.

It was the closest roll call to confirm a justice since 1881, when Stanley Matthews was approved by 24-23, according to Senate records.

As the Senate tried to recover from its charged atmosphere, Murkowski’s move offered a moment of civility. “I do hope that it reminds us that we can take very small steps to be gracious with one another and maybe those small gracious steps can lead to more,” she said.

Republicans control the Senate by a meager 51-49 margin, and announcements of support Friday from Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine, along with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, locked in the needed votes.

Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. He expressed empathy for sexual assault victims, but said that after factoring in the FBI report, “I have found Judge Kavanaugh to be a qualified jurist who will follow the Constitution.”

A procedural vote Friday made Saturday’s confirmation a foregone conclusion. White House Counsel Don McGahn, who helped salvage Kavanaugh’s nomination as it teetered, sat in the front row of the visitors’ gallery for the vote with deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah.

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James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 7th, 2018

 

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