Every so often there’s a moment where someone in the political world does something, or says something, that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Even in today’s crazy world of social media and 24/7 coverage, certain events do not get the attention it deserves. Yesterday at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing I witnessed one of those events.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) delivered what I can honestly say was one of the most brilliant and effective statements I’ve ever heard. During his opening statement, he not only shed light on the travesty of Mr. Kavanaughs nomination, but gave a complete and utter denunciation of what he termed, the “Roberts Five,” a reference to the five conservatives currently on the court.
So often these days I find myself lamenting the fact that our political system has been taken completely over by wealthy individuals and powerful corporations. Nowhere is this more evident than with the Supreme Court of the United States. And Senator Whitehouse laid it all out yesterday for the nation to hear and see. I literally found myself cheering out loud during the roughly 17 minute presentation.
For Senator Whitehouse, this isn’t the first time he’s impressed with his grasp of the law and his biting rhetoric. A former U.S Attorney from Rhode Island, Whitehouse has nailed these opening statements at other confirmation and Judiciary Committee hearings. He’s always impressed me as someone who gets it. Yesterday however, was better than even some of his best previous moments.
My point here is not to rehash everything Whitehouse said point by point. No, my point here is to highlight the statement itself because quite frankly, it should be required viewing for all Americans who think the Supreme Court has become the official arm of the corporations and well-connected.
Whitehouse lays out his case one by one … point by point. Whether it’s gerrymandering, voting rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, union busting, or unlimited dark money for political campaigns, the Robert’s Court has consistently and overwhelmingly voted with the well-oiled machine of corporations and other wealthy special interests.
And the man who sometimes voted the other way, but not often, Anthony Kennedy, is retiring. The nomination and eventual confirmation of Kavanaugh will throw the court even further towards corporate domination. As Whitehouse so eloquently pointed out, Mr. Kavanaugh is a signed, sealed and delivered candidate of the Federalist Society, an organization of conservatives and libertarians who seek reform of the legal system. This is their guy through and through and Whitehouse explains why this is so deeply troubling.
So if you’re concerned about this nomination … if you’re concerned about the corporate takeover of our democracy … please check out Senator Whitehouse’s statement. And spread the word … loudly