Oregon Senator Merkley's recent editorial said Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh causes fear. Trump named candidates before he ran. The people spoke. Neil Gorsuch's seat was not stolen. Garland's nomination was by a lame-duck President. Republicans had no requirement to seat Garland. Kennedy became a Justice because Democrats opposed Bork.
Lower courts do not indict sitting presidents. The procedure is for the House to vote for impeachment. The Senate holds a trial. If three quarters of the senate vote for conviction, the President is removed from office. He can then be tried in a criminal court. Democrats oppose Kavanaugh and want to go through his record of service during the Bush administration. This info will be provided. Judicial hearings will be in September. Kavanaugh will be approved by October. Jeff Merkley knows Republicans have the votes. He is grandstanding to gin up support from his base.
Merkley said Kavanaugh is extreme. Kavanaugh is a God fearing Federal Judge who serves homeless people soup. Merkley's voting record is to the left of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Merkley said Kavanaugh's record is anti-consumer and anti-equality. No one is more anti-consumer than a socialist. Merkley wants single payer socialized medicine. A Republican Congress passed the 14th Amendment to give equality and due process to African Americans. Republicans fought for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 60% of Democrats opposed it. Under equal protection everyone is to be treated equally under law, however all behavior is not treated equally. Immoral acts of incest and polygamy are prohibited. Abortion and sodomy were prohibited. Recently progressive justices ruled these crimes protected civil rights. Some opposition to Trump is a cultural war. Anthony Kennedy believed transcendent morals violated the establishment clause. Ginsburg and Breyer are expected to retire during Trump's second term. We the people will vote.
Dr. Steve Johnston