I have the utmost respect for Dr. Ford for having the courage to come forward to share her story with a sense toward civic duty. The Senate should have all possible information before them when making this lifelong appointment decision. However, I also hold the highest regard for Judge Kavanaugh who has dedicated much of his life to public service and for his family who support him unyieldingly throughout this arduous process. I maintain my presumption of innocence for Judge Kavanaugh while still acknowledging, listening to, and calling for further investigation into the claims of Dr. Ford.
On June 27, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Janus v. AFSCME authored by Justice Samuel Alito. Advocates of Big Labor were quick to decry the ruling as a union-busting exercise in judicial activism, while most of the political right lauded it as a refreshing win for workers’ rights. But in today’s charged political climate, both claims might reasonably be viewed with skepticism by those in the center. What did the ruling actually hold, and what will be its consequences for America?
Following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in land. With blinding speed, Senate Democrats from across the country were quick to disavow Kavanagh, hurling the typical labels of “racist,” “sexist,” and “misogynist” at him that we’ve come to expect against anyone that the president nominates. The current levels of polarization and party politics now lead Democrats, as the Republicans before them, to yet again fail to carry out their constitutional requirements.
Ever since Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s swing voter, announced his retirement, conservatives have rightly declared filling this vacancy as the most crucial decision of Donald Trump’s presidency. With freshly appointed Justice Neil M. Gorsuch already providing the key vote in major conservative rulings upholding the Trump travel ban and against compulsory labor union dues, Republicans are keenly waiting on Trump to deliver another proven conservative to the bench—especially with the liberal Justices Ginsberg and Breyer in the swansongs of their legal careers. Now, conservatives and the president have a golden opportunity to enshrine and protect key constitutional rights for a generation.