The Sound of a Tidal Wave Coming
Word has just arrived that United States Court of Appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh has been approved by the U.S. Senate and officially sworn in as the newest justice on the U.S. supreme court. The contentious, three-month-long confirmation process of Kavanaugh was watched around the world and protested and opposed by women everywhere.
What emerged from those unprecedented hearings was a clear picture of a supreme court nominee who was supremely unqualified on just about every count. Kavanaugh, a staunch Republican, was exposed as having a problem in his younger years with sexually abusing women and with alcoholism. He may well have also perjured himself under oath by denying and lying about that. He was not being charged with a crime before the U.S. Senate, true, but he was being interviewed for one of the highest public-service jobs in the nation. He failed the job interview miserably.
If you were the head of a company who was in charge of hiring a well-to-do, middle-aged man and this man was found to have a record of abusing women and the drink, then lied about it to the interviewers, and turned around and angrily berated the screening panel for daring to question his past, I ask you: Would you hire this man?
So, with the Senate’s 50-48 vote — a traitorous Democrat, Joe Manchin, senator from West Virginia, casting one of the deciding votes in Kavanaugh’s favor — the U.S. Supreme Court now swings sharply to the right at a time when FPOTUS (Fake President of the United States) Trump is wreaking havoc on established institutions and deeply dividing the nation even further. The future does not look good.
Or does it? Many of the women who demonstrated outside the U.S. Capitol building following Kavanaugh’s confirmation countered police arrests with their persistent chants of “November is coming!” The congressional mid-term elections are indeed just around the corner, scheduled one month away for 6 November, and 35 of the 100 seats in that very same U.S. Senate are up for grabs. Even more dangerously for the Trump administration and the Republican Party is the fact that all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are to be contested in this election.
In the age of Trump and his own misogynist scandals, women across the U.S. have been more energized than ever to take matters into their own hands, show what they can do, and run for public office in greater numbers. And that was before Kavanaugh came along. Now, with Kavanaugh installed as an associate justice on the supreme court and Trump crowing like a buzzard over his victory, there is a palpable feeling in the air that women may well rise up and trounce Trump and his ilk in the upcoming congressional elections.
That kind of victory would not only take some of the bite out of the Kavanaugh confirmation, but also put Trump and the Republicans on notice that there is now a real opposition force in place to confront them and their destructive policies from here on. (The Democratic Party, as a party, doesn’t count as an opposition force at present, unfortunately.)
We will have to wait and see what happens in a month’s time. Anything can happen before then. But if I’m not mistaken, we are already hearing the rumblings of something big approaching us on election day next month.
The Republicans, in typical short-sighted fashion, rammed through the supreme court nomination of Kavanaugh so as to win the battle that is immediately in front of them. But they did this at the greater risk of losing the much bigger war. And make no mistake about it: In many ways, that war within the USA is still on.
Kavanaugh had no business being anywhere near a supreme court justice’s chair. Yet, there he sits today. But if there is one thing that we all saw during the weeks of media exposures into Kavanaugh’s sordid past life, it is that rich white boys from the elite class of American society can get away with just about anything — and still get everything they want in the end, even a position on the highest court of the land. And isn’t that the story of the American Way of Life (AWOL), from the time of the so-called Founding Fathers up to today with a neo-fascist, corporate CEO installed in the White House as U.S. president?
The Republicans have unleashed a political earthquake, causing reactionary shock waves that are reverberating around the world right now. But wait….do you hear that sound? It’s a barely audible rumbling off in the distance, growing in intensity the closer it gets. Earthquakes of the geological kind, like those in politics, often cause tidal waves that can sweep away anything in their path.
Could that be the sound of a tidal wave of women’s voices that we are hearing? Keep your ear to the ground, your eyes on the horizon and your finger to the wind. November is coming.