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A view on what's happening in the USA during the Kavanaugh hearings and why it sucks.

Submitted: September 29, 2018

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Submitted: September 29, 2018



I don’t know if Brett Kavanaugh did what Cristine Blasey Ford says he did. Maybe no one knows for sure what happened but that doesn’t matter. I’m not even going to tell what my opinion on it is. I was listening to a podcast about this issue yesterday, 28th of September 2018, and all I could think was: how can people still think Kavanaugh should be in the Supreme Court?

Even the fact that he’s accused of something like this should make him unqualified. Watching and listening to the hearing that took place two days ago, I couldn’t believe people still want him in the Supreme Court. He yelled. He asked unimportant questions about people’s drinking habits. What does that have to do with anything? He lost his temper and to me it looked like he was a brat trying to convince his mother that he didn’t steal the cookie.

Should we believe Ford? Maybe. I don’t understand why she would make such accusations unless she believed they were true. As she said, she was terrified. Why would someone reveal something so personal to the whole world if they didn’t think it mattered? Her whole life is being dissected into pieces in front of millions of people. Her family is being threatened. She has the right to be terrified, no matter what actually happened.

The past almost two years that Donald Trump has been in office have made me lose my believe in democracy and separation of powers in the US. For those who don’t know what the latter means, let me explain it briefly.

The separation of powers, according to Montesquieu, a French Enlightenment philosopher, means dividing the powers in a country to three different branches: legislature, executive and judiciary. In the United States, legislature power belongs to the Congress. The president is mainly in charge of executive power. The Supreme Court holds the judiciary power. This so called trias politica model is supposed to make sure no branch gets more power than the other and democracy is balanced and ensured.

The Kavanaugh case is in my opinion a great example why democracy isn’t working. Okay, the president nominated someone to the Supreme Court. That’s reasonable, I guess. But wouldn’t it make sense if it wasn’t such a political decision? The current president is a republican. Kavanaugh is a republican as well. The Senate votes on the president’s nominee and since the republicans have currently more people in the Senate than the democrats, should the decision be easy. Doesn’t that kind of mix the two branches a bit too much? Shouldn’t the Supreme Court represent the whole country, considering they fit the laws made by Congress? Doesn’t the president have too much power, if he’s technically in charge of who makes laws pass and who has the most judicial power in the whole country?

All in all, I think the system is unfair for those people that want justice for what may have happened to them in the past. If the United States decides to have a man, who is accused of technically attempting rape, sit in the highest office of the judicial system, who is going to make sure that attempted rapes are dealt like they should? If a case like this is going to come to the Supreme Court, is Kavanaugh going to yell at the supposed victim and tell them it didn’t happen? What if the person accused is someone he knows? Let’s say his friend. Is he going to make sure people get justice, or is he going to let his own opinions get in the way? And last but not least, is Trump going to do something about it, other than rage in Twitter how the victim is wrong and just a crooked democrat wanting to sabotage the glory of the republican party?

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