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Trump picked Kavanaugh for solely self-interested reasons

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When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, faux-conservative hearts were all-a-flutter over the prospect of replacing the part-time judicial activist with a strict constructionist who would help return the federal judiciary to its constitutional roots. Sadly, that didn’t happen with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

As a candidate, Donald Trump promised to nominate strict constructionists to the high court, going so far as to say it was necessary in order to see disastrous rulings like Roe v. Wade reversed. It was this promise above all others that motivated evangelicals to support him. Well, that and the fact that he was #notHillary.

While the jury is still out on Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh has all the markings of someone who will fail to measure up when it comes to limiting judicial interpretation and restricting the powers of government. And even though Trump likes to spin his promise to “drain the swamp,” Kavanaugh is considered by some to be “the heart and soul of the DC establishment.”

So, why did Trump pass up the opportunity to truly reshape the court?

It’s been reported that Trump has had his eye on Kavanaugh all along as part of a negotiation between Kennedy and Trump where Kennedy would agree to retire on the condition that Trump nominate Kennedy’s former law clerk to replace him. There’s ample evidence to consider this a real possibility.

To begin with, it was during the Gorsuch confirmation that we learned how Trump had a back channel connection to Kennedy through their children, specifically Justin Kennedy who worked for Deutsche Bank when the institution loaned $1 billion to Trump for his real estate investments. At the time, Trump had been denied loans from other banks due to his poor credit history.

It was also during the Gorsuch confirmation that private meetings with Kennedy to discuss his retirement and replacement first began and Kavanaugh’s name was first introduced.

One of the non-Kennedy reasons Trump was interested in Kavanaugh had to do with the Mueller investigation. Jim Acosta at CNN reported that Trump spent a great deal of time looking into Kavanaugh’s opinions on whether a sitting president can be indicted while in office.

Kavanaugh has written that a sitting president is essentially above the law:

“I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible. The country wants the President to be ‘one of us’ who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share.

“But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office.”

Kavanaugh then asserted that “the indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas. Such an outcome would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.”

You might wonder why, with all of this information out there, would Trump nominate Kavanaugh. The answer to that is simple: Trump knew that #Cult45, evangelicals, and other so-called conservative groups would provide him with all the cover he would need. For example, after calling Kavanaugh “unreliable” before his nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz praised him and committed to vote for his confirmation.

Trump made this decision solely for selfish interests. As a result, America has lost another rare opportunity to begin repairing our broken judiciary.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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The GOP’s rock and hard place: Kavanaugh versus midterms

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The GOPs rock and hard place Kavanaugh versus midterms

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is looking less and less likely to ever make it to a vote on the Senate floor because of memories from two drunk teen girls over three decades ago and not a shred of proof otherwise. The bar has been set, at least for Republicans.

That bar is, of course, very different for Democrats like Keith Ellison. Mainstream media and a majority of Democrats are all about “believe the women” accusing Kavanaugh without anything backing up their claims, but extremely credible accusations against Democrats like Keith Ellison are to be dismissed as lies.

That’s the state of affairs in American politics. Last minute accusations can take down a Republican politician or someone nominated by a Republican President.

It should be noted that I’m not a Republican. I’ve found the actions of the GOP to be pitiful considering the amount of control they finally wield. If the situation were reversed and they were using these tactics against Democrats, I’d rail against them just the same. It’s important that anyone reading this understands that I’m not an apologist for the GOP. I’m an apologist for the truth.

With that understood, here’s where we stand. The GOP is stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. Things were looking bad for Kavanaugh with the first accusation. The court of public opinion was leaning away from his confirmation at that point and is certainly going to take a dive with the newest accusation. Republicans must stay consistent and battle for him even as the Democrats’ narrative shifts a little.

We will go from hearing Democrats calling for FBI investigations and hearing out the accuser to an attempt to establish a behavioral trend. Two is all it takes to establish a “trend” that mainstream media will lock onto at the unofficial request of the Democrats, so this new narrative changes their calculus.

Republicans are stuck preaching the same narrative they were before, that this is all a big trick by the Democrats to stall and potentially derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The ground just got more slippery for them, but changing stances at this point will jeopardize the Kavanaugh confirmation even further. They have their story and they must stick to it.

Here’s their bigger problem. By backing Kavanaugh, they’re feeding Democrats all the fodder they need to juice up their base. Female voters in particular will be the targets of their messaging. A higher percentage of female voters came to the polls following the Anita Hill testimony against Clarence Thomas than during Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. Democrats will bank on a repeat of 1992.

Republicans are down to two choices. They could either back Kavanaugh and likely lose a few close midterm races as a result or the could dump Kavanaugh and hope to retain power for confirmation of the next nominee.

Neither choice is good for Republicans.

This new precedent of accuse and derail is very dangerous for all of us regardless of who is getting accused. Kavanaugh’s future is in doubt, which unfortunately means the same is true for American politics.

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Kavanaugh denies new accusation

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Kavanaugh denies new accusation

Just when things seemed like they were stabilizing around the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, another accusation of sexual misconduct dropped. On top of that, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti claims to have information about much stronger accusations about to drop.

Kavanaugh denies 2nd accuser’s sexual misconduct allegation as Avenatti claims ‘evidence’ of ‘targeting’ women for gang rape | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/23/kavanaugh-denies-2nd-accusers-sexual-misconduct-allegation-as-avenatti-claims-evidence-targeting-women-for-gang-rape.htmlSupreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faced a storm of new sexual misconduct allegations Sunday after attorney Michael Avenatti said he had knowledge that Kavanaugh and high school friend Mark Judge targeted women with drugs and alcohol in order to “allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.”

Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump and has hinted at a possible presidential run, made the claims in an email to Mike Davis, the chief counsel for nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee. He did not state the source of his “evidence” and did not name any alleged victims.

My Take

There are two possibilities here. Either the Democrats and their fans are laying down the biggest set of traps in Senate confirmation history or Kavanaugh was (and maybe still is) a very creepy guy. One or the other is to blame for putting in jeopardy the first opportunity we’ve had to make a real Supreme Court dent on Roe v. Wade and other important issues.

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Human trafficking bill expands Patriot Act and further erodes liberty

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Human trafficking bill expands Patriot Act and further erodes liberty

A few weeks ago, America recognized the thousands of people who died on September 11, 2001 when an Islamic terrorist group hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed two of them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and one of them into the Pentagon.

In a piece I wrote about 9/11, I showed you how liberty also died that terrible day not at the hands of the terrorists but at the hands of our government as Democrats AND Republicans leveraged the tragedy to expand government control over our lives.

One of the responses to 9/11 by our benevolent overlords in Washington was the creation of the pro-America-sounding but unconstitutional Patriot Act. In the name of peace and safety, this law was passed just forty-five days following 9/11, giving the government:

  • Power to conduct searches of homes and businesses without the consent or knowledge of the owner or occupant
  • Power to search telephone, email, and financial records without a warrant

The Patriot Act was renewed in 2011 until 2015 when the USA Freedom Act — another pro-America-sounding law — was passed to fix the part of the Patriot Act that were proving to be constitutionally questionable.

But constitutionally questionable isn’t really anything the government worries about these days. And when they clearly intend to exceed their constitutional limitations, politicians in Washington are smart enough to dress up their excrement sandwich by placing it between two slices of tasty bread.

Congress is getting ready to expand the Patriot Act by hiding it between two slices of bread they are calling the Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (H.R.6729).

While it may sound noble, “H.R. 6729 is a disguised effort to expand the Patriot Act,” according to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and is designed to “conceal the bill’s true purpose: to give the government more power to unconstitutionally spy on law-abiding Americans without a warrant.”

The House is taking additional steps to camouflage H.R.6729 by including it in a bundle of we have an election coming up so let’s look busy vote next week.

As I said in the beginning, terrorism didn’t destroy liberty in America on 9/11, Big Brother Government has done that job.

Originally posted on StridentConservative.com.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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