At this point in our nation’s history, it is the Senate itself that is now on trial before the world

At this point in our nation’s history, it is the Senate itself that is now on trial before the world

Woodcut for "Die Bibel in Bildern", 1860, between 1851 and 1860. Painting by: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

Woodcut for “Die Bibel in Bildern”, Circa1860. Painting by: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (Wikimedia Commons)

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With the latest skullduggery once again embroiling the Kavanaugh nomination in turmoil, it’s easy to become distracted from recognition that the events to date have now put the Senate itself at center stage as to whether it will act in its constitutional role as a defender of the bedrock values on which our nation was established as a representative democracy upholding the rule of law and individual liberty, or whether it has abandoned its own order and adherence to its own rules that enable the Senate to operate, by allowing its immense powers to be employed arbitrarily without accountability to destroy individual citizens heedless of the norms of civilized society.

What we have seen to date since Brett Kavanaugh was first nominated has been an accelerating series of violation of all Senate order and procedures designed to protect the rights of all, between the immediate rush to oppose, demands for unprecedented amounts of documents and undue delay, hearings that violated norms of decorum and an orderly hearing process.

These actions have fundamentally transformed the minority’s constitutional privilege to provide Advice and Consent into “Crucify, Crucify”[…]

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