Friday, September 28, 2018

How we conduct ourselves, politically, is important

Judge Kavanaugh is currently in the process of being confirmed for the United States Supreme Court. He stands accused of some horrific behavior, which it is neither the job of the US Senate to try nor convict. It is, however, their role to advise and consent over the nomination of this candidate, and to that end, they should always demand all of the facts.
As a conservative, I value the status quo. I value established procedure and working systems of governance. In this case, that means valuing the time-honored process by which we deal with new information during a confirmation process: we re-open the FBI background investigation and take the results of the expanded background check into account during the remaining confirmation process. This is not a Democratic or Republican process, it is the process of the United States Senate.
Yet we are told that such an investigation is not necessary, that it is a stalling tactic, that it is not what the FBI does (!) and that it can not and will not be employed now. Here's the fact of the matter: there is a mid-term election looming. The Democrats want to delay the vote on Kavanaugh until after the election. Republicans want to ram the vote through before the election. Neither one should have their way. The process isn't new or contrived. The process has its own pace, and if it takes longer than Republicans would like or ends sooner than Democrats would like, that's not relevant. What's relevant is that, when we look back at this in several years, we see a thoughtful, respectful and thorough process that confirmed or failed to confirm a Judge to the Supreme Court with all due consideration.
I don't feel that that's what we're getting, and that concerns me as a conservative. I think it should concern you as an American.