I wanted to go ahead and give some final thoughts on the conformation of Bret Kavanaugh as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court. Even after the vote this past Saturday, there was a lot of anguish among many about what this appointment will mean going forward. Here’s my take: not a lot.
I was not surprised to notice that the usual suspects here, the atheist or atheist affiliated organizations, were all predicting doom and gloom. Why? Well, they believe he’s going to be pivotal in church/state separation cases and that he will end up be a deciding vote in cases concerning separation, to the court.
It’s clear that none of these have read a single decision he’s made over the last 12 years, sitting on the circuit court of D.C. Yes, he believes in religious freedom – meaning the right to worship – but does not appear to be in favor of throwing out the 1st Amendment. That should be heartening, but it doesn’t seem to matter to those that already had their minds made up, the day he was nominated.
He’s also not going to vote to turn back civil rights, whether they are racial minority rights or LGBTQ. I know that there’s a lot of fear that a court that leans conservative is going to take the country back to Jim Crow, and force the gay community back in the closet, but there’s no evidence of such in any of his writing.
I don’t think any of this really had to do with Justice Kavanaugh though, it really is about President Trump, who the left still believe was illegitimately elected in 2016. The reason that many department and agency positions have not been filled? The Democrats in the Senate continue to find methods to obstruct, hold up these appointments, with the goal of preventing Trump from implementing policy. That’s all there is to any of this.
Oh, and the Merritt Garland canard they like to throw out? How many people know that Garland and Kavanaugh, sitting on the same court for years, voted together 93% of the time? What does this say about those who claim that Kavanaugh will vote to take away civil rights and tear down the wall of separation? It says a couple of things:
Kavanaugh is not the far-right, anti-civil libertarian he’s made out to be, or
Garland, the flag that the left waves too often attempting to delegitimize the court, is.
See how that works?
A few of the decisions I read and no I didn’t try to read all 307, were about government regulatory overreach. The reason this happens is that Congress will write and pass bills to implement a policy, but within those laws, they leave it up to individual agencies to implement regulations. That’s the job of Congress, not unelected bureaucrats because as administrations change, so do those regulations. This is where I see Justice Kavanaugh’s greatest impact.
None of what I’ve seen from the far left during or since the confirmation vote, bodes well for the Democrats next month. What they are counting on is that voters will have short memories and that the circus the Democrats orchestrated from day one will fade as quickly as the news media moves on. But that’s not being seen anywhere, just as when Clinton, in 2016, referred to Trump voters as deplorables in September 2016, voters still remembered when they were at the polls.
Red wave? Nope. Blue wave? Hardly. At this point, with the shenanigans by the left and those continuing, Democrats will be lucky if they pick up the House. My prediction? It’s a toss up right now.