Mitch McConnell’s claim about transforming the judiciary is a lie

A few days ago, Mitch McConnell admitted to something we already knew about Trump and the GOP Clown Show; they loved the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation circus because it served as the perfect distraction for shifting voter attention away from two years of lies and broken promises. Additionally, it energized some of their shrinking base, something they badly needed since Trump and the GOP’s pathetic job performance wasn’t exciting anyone.

In a telephone interview, McConnell boasted about how the fight had “energized (their) base like nothing else (they’ve) been able to come up with.” Translation? Republicans have been governing like Democrats, so I’m hoping this distraction has succeeded in hiding this fact from voters not paying attention, and eventually save my job as Majority Leader.

Mickey then broke out the three-step election year strategy outlined in the GOP Election Playbook:

  1. Make empty promises
  2. Break those promises
  3. Repeat as necessary

Turning the Kavanaugh distraction into a rallying cry to save the courts, McConnell issued a declaration about how his “project” to reshape the judiciary wasn’t done yet — as if it ever got started — and said that “Putting strict constructionists, relatively young, on the courts for lifetime appointments is the best way to have a long-term positive impact on America.”

McConnell is partially correct. He’s correct with his implication that the GOP isn’t the best way to make a positive impact on America, but he’s wrong about how Republicans are transforming the judiciary.

While the jury’s still out — pardon the pun — early indications are that Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh are anything but strict constructionists. And while Trump, the GOP, and so-called conservatives sing praises over how the courts are being transformed, the sad reality is that they have done very little to fix our broken judiciary.

For example, at about the same time Kavanaugh was nominated, Trump’s nominee for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jeremy Bennett, was confirmed by the Senate thanks to the unanimous support of the Democrats. Bennett was opposed by only 27 Republicans, even though he believes that gun bans are constitutional and he favored same-sex marriage even before the Obergefell decision.

The Founding Fathers never intended for the judiciary to wield the power they have been given. Though designed to be the weakest branch of government, the judiciary has grown into a tyrannical super power and the final arbiter of all things constitutional.

With Democrats and Republicans only interested in defending Democrats and Republicans, pesky little things like protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America and restoring the balance of power aren’t very high on their priority list.

Despite Mitch McConnell’s claim to the contrary, Trump and the GOP aren’t doing anything to change that.



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