Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kavanaugh Is Even Worse Than We Thought

Of course any Trump nominee would be terrible. We know that Trump doesn't support working people, hence the Janus decision to try and hobble union. Trump, who knows no moderation, actually tweeted about how terrible it would be for Democrats. He pretends it's about freedom for unionized working people to support anti-union bigots like himself, but can't resist alluding to the truth. Of course, Twitter responded:

Actually I don't know what it would take to bring down this guy. He just called a woman of color a dog. He can talk about grabbing women by the pussy, get three million fewer votes than his opponent, and become President. Meanwhile we're faced with Kavanaugh, and the NY Times today pointed out that he doesn't believe in separation of church and state.

Over his decades-long legal career, Judge Kavanaugh has argued in favor of breaking down barriers between church and state. He has filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of school prayer and the right of religious groups to gain access to public school facilities. He was part of the legal team that represented former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida in 2000 when he defended a school voucher program that was later ruled unconstitutional.

Jeb Bush is perhaps the reformiest of reformies. When his programs crash and burn, it doesn't bother him. He just goes on and pushes for things that are reformier still. Now one of his reformies could sit on SCOTUS for decades and give money to religious schools. It's funny, in Trump's United States, that members who benefit from union need not pay for our work, but all of us may have to support organized religions no matter how we feel about therm.

I don't want my students to pray in school. I want them to study. Ideally, I'd like to see them politically awakened, organizing and protesting against the government that fails to serve them. Unlike Eva Moskowitz, though, I don't see it as my job to make them do that. Given the despicable nature of those running our government, I'd hope they do it on their own.

The Koch Brothers are fighting for this guy so as to have their values enshrined into national law. Folks like the Koch Brothers know they are in the minority, so they struggle to buy their way into power. With legislation like Citizens United, giving corporations undue influence and minimizing the voice of We, the People, they're becoming quite successful.

Kavanaugh, like several of the other bought-and-paid-for justices, was not chosen by the people, not even indirectly. The majority voted against both Trump and GW, and our courts are hijacked by judges we don't want. Most of Kavanaugh's records are unavailable.  GOP is pushing for a September hearing, which could have him seated before we even discover even worse things.

Don't forget to vote in November. After we impeach Trump, maybe we can impeach the crooked judges the Koch Brothers bought. I'm hoping Democrats with a pulse do everything possible to head this one off.
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