Letter to the Editor

Brett Kavanaugh is a winner

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

In a recent Letter to the Editor titled "Brett Kavanaugh: A Winner – For Now?" the writer makes several allegations about our newest Supreme Court Justice. He begins with a letter signed by over 1,000 law professors from the elite colleges. Just in case you are not aware of it, most colleges these days are dominated by liberal thought. It is very hard to find a conservative professor anywhere on campus.

Of course no mention was made of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's 12 years on the DC Court of Appeals and his 307 legal opinions – some of them incorporated by the Supreme Court into their opinions. The DC Court of Appeals is considered by many as the second highest court in the land. It was conventionally left out that the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary gave Brett Kavanaugh their highest recommendation of "Well Qualified."

When a Friday (Sept. 28) Senate Judiciary Committee recommended the Brett Kavanaugh conformation to the full Senate they also asked for a seventh FBI investigation. That investigation was to be limited in scope to existing allegations and a duration of no more than one week. President Trump authorized the FBI to conduct a seventh FBI background check on Brett Kavanaugh as the Senate requested. The FBI investigation was completed as the Senate requested, but the Democrats were not satisfied because their real motive was to delay any conservative Supreme Court conformation until they control the presidency in 2020 or later.

The root of this controversy is that liberals and conservatives have fundamentally different opinions about the purpose of the courts — particularly the Supreme Court. Conservatives believe judges should rule based on the Constitution or statue as it was written. Liberals want the Courts to make rulings based on what liberals believe is the proper social agenda. In most cases liberals have been unable to get their ideas passed by Congress – because the public doesn’t support them – so increasingly they have relied on the Courts to enact their agenda.

If you are interested in the facts, I would suggest reading or viewing online Maine Senator Susan Collins' Oct. 5 speech on the floor of the Senate. In this speech, Senator Collins explains all of the issues and the facts she considered in her confirmation vote. It is one of the best Senate speeches I have ever heard.

Now the Democrats want to impeach Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. No grounds for Impeachment seem necessary, just the mere mention that Justice Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump.

Phil Petersen

Okoboji