Is Brett Kavanaugh Fit to Be a Supreme Court Justice?

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Is Brett Kavanaugh Fit to Be a Supreme Court Justice?

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By Mars Gifford, Staff Writer

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Who needs sitcoms and reality TV when we have the real-life drama of politics? There is intrigue, conspiracy, lies, and people literally altering the course of history. What could be better? What could be worse?

Recently, allegations have arisen regarding Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s behavior in high school and college. Although he is accused of sexual assault by three different women, his nomination has not been withdrawn. Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to favorably recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation for a full Senate vote. However, Senator Flake, a Republican, only did so under the condition that a limited scope FBI investigation takes place.

Almost twenty years ago, a similar accusation was made in regards to another Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas, who was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court by a deeply divided Senate. However, the events that unfolded after the accusation differ greatly from those that occurred this past week. The alleged victim Anita Hill was largely ignored by the Senate and became a target for the media and the public, an FBI investigation was unimaginable, and Thomas was confirmed regardless. Although Kavanaugh still has a chance of being confirmed just like Thomas was, these unfolding events set an important precedent where victims are believed, respected, and investigations take place. Many would credit the differences in large part to the “Me Too” movement, which empowers and protects victims.  

A Supreme Court Justice is appointed for life, making the nomination process a very serious one. With the addition of these weighty accusations, we must ask collectively if we can do better. In a country full of so many people from a variety of backgrounds, do Americans need another white man in an important position of power, especially one who may be an alcoholic and a rapist? Is Brett Kavanaugh the best choice? Is he even a good choice?

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