Republicans are ecstatic about Senator Collins' remarks today announcing that she will vote to confirm Kavanaugh. I just watched a portion of that speech and don't share their enthusiasm. Her support for the nominee is based in the outrageous claim made by Kavanaugh in his testimony that he believes the concept of "stare decisis," or strict adherence to judicial precedent, to be rooted in the Constitution and Federalist #78, when nothing could be further from the truth.
In short, the GOP is "winning" another seat on the Supreme Court, by continuing to abjectly surrender our actual American form of constitutional republican self-government. A pyrrhic "victory" if there ever was one.
It's a slow-moving but steady coup d'etat, and the people are, sadly, too ignorant of what our government is supposed to be to see what's right in front of their face.
“You seem . . . to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” (Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Jarvis, Sept. 28, 1820)
“…The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government, upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.” (Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address)
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