Phil Johnson, Ph.D.
October 6, 2018
Finally after one of the most bitter and bizarre political battles I’ve ever seen, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Supreme Court justice today, Saturday, October 6th.
After the announcement of the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in June, President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh as Kennedy’s possible replacement. Judge Kavanaugh is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Little did he know what he was in for.
Kavanaugh went through the normal meetings with Senators about his fitness to serve on the highest court in the land. The normal concerns of Democratic Senators were posed, the expected support of most Republican Senators was offered. And then the official confirmation hearings began and by the end, it looked like Mr. Kavanaugh would become the next Supreme Course judge – like it or not.
Until a woman by the name of Christine Blasey Ford came out of nowhere with an accusation that she was sexually assaulted by a 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh when he was in high school – some 36 years ago. The timing of the accusation is curious as California Senator Diane Feinstein was aware of Dr. Ford’s accusation since July – but chose not to bring it up or even discuss it privately between the parties concerned. But then, as the Democrats became aware that Kavanaugh might actually get confirmed, an 11th hour (or was it a 13th hour?) coordinated attack was launched by the Democratic Party and outside groups, to destroy Kavanaugh’s nomination – and his life as he knew it.
And before you could blink an eye, other allegations of misconduct began to surface, from out of control drinking, sexual assault, exposing himself in public, to running a rape ring while in high school. Frenzied chaos ensued. Without details, dates, clear facts, or corroborating witnesses, the Democrats and many media pundits assumed – verily declared, that Mr. Kavanaugh was a danger to women, to children and to the nation itself. The entire circus was unfair to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. The sordid affair was timed to inflict maximum damage on Kavanaugh, his career and his family. But if you’re the Democratic Party – and are losing significant power – why waste any opportunity to try to destroy your opponents?
But why? Why basically drop nuclear bombs everywhere creating collateral damage for the family of Kavanaugh, for Dr. Ford and for the trust of the American people? The answer is this: Another constitutional conservative on the Supreme Court, creates a very decisive majority of conservative justices who could conceivably influence jurisprudence for a generation. It could affect everything from abortion laws, same-sex marriage laws, regulations, gun laws, property laws and more. And for Judge Kavanaugh, it was a hellish nightmare getting to this point in his life and career – more than he could have ever imagined.
Here are some takeaways from the very contentious confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh:
- President Trump has kept yet another promise in appointing another conservative constitutionalist to the Supreme Court.
- The job of the justices on the Court is to interpret the U.S. Constitution and the law – not to make law. During the previous presidential administration, the Court had been used by liberal and leftist politicians in the U.S. to shift culture and cultural values to the left. For the moment, this ends.
- I do not have a lot of confidence that past decisions – for example, abortion laws (Roe vs. Wade) or the definition of traditional marriage will be overturned. I am not optimistic that “culture” will swing back in a significant way. We’ve had “professed” Christians in office before – as senators, congressmen and even as presidents. Did anyone notice abortion laws disappearing? Did anyone notice our culture reverting back in any meaningful, conservative or unifying way? Nope. Race relations have been inflamed. Showing respect to our nation’s flag, the national anthem or being patriotic apparently are “triggering” offenses. Countless babies continue to be murdered, marriage has been redefined and what used to be illegal substances are quickly gaining acceptance as “normal” recreational tools.
- BUT, at the very least, having a conservative-leaning Supreme Court creates a scenario to protect the rights of Christians (and all Americans) and their rights of free speech and expression. If done correctly, and winsomely enough – that is enough for individuals to engage the culture and shift individual values with principles that are more God-honoring – and to be honest, values that are more satisfying.
- Here’s an important takeaway: What you do in high school might very well come back to haunt you. Whether you are guilty of accusations levied against you or not – the choices you make while in high school and college can call your character into question. So, let’s rethink this whole fallacy of “Oh, everyone’s doing it. It’s just a part of the college experience. What I do while I’m young won’t matter.” Sort yourselves out and get a grip on your choices. What you write in your yearbook, may come back to haunt you. Who would have imagined that what someone wrote in a yearbook when he was 17 would be paraded before the world? And if that’s true, listen up kids – watch what you write/post on social media. It might destroy you one day.
- I feel certain that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford experienced something terrible that has effected her – I’m choosing to be generous here. But I do not believe that it was with Brett Kavanaugh. And I am a bit concerned about “repressed” memories coming out nearly four decades after they supposedly happened. I am also concerned that men, especially white men, are assumed guilty until they can prove themselves innocent.
- Expect attacks (harassment, plots, protests, schemes, deceptions, etc.) from leftist Democrats to continue and God help us all if they win a majority in the House or Senate in the mid-term elections. They will seek to impeach Justice Kavanaugh and President Trump – or at the very least, obstruct any progress of the president’s agenda. And I think we’ve already seen examples of their “carpet bombing” tactics to destroy anything and anyone that stands in their way of power.
- The confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh is a good thing. A great thing. But do not be complacent or deceived. There is a battle raging for the soul of America, traditional American values, Western culture and the way most of us have enjoyed liberty. Things will eventually snap back – and will snap back hard. It’s only a matter of time. What will you do with this opportunity of time? Or will you even recognize the times in which you’re living? Two verses of Scripture come to mind: Proverbs 1:32: “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them…” and John 9:4: “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”
Oh, and if my article has “triggered” anyone – I’m sure you’ll find a way to deal with it. And I will be proud of your ability to survive my words. 🙂