ART BY KAYTE CHIEN
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Years ago, few would have believed that such a word could sufficiently describe the entirety of the United States government. Now, it seems more fitting a word than ever.
In a day and age when politics and accusations of social injustice go hand in hand, it is difficult to accept the fact that the government does not always represent the voice of the people. The recent events which have transpired in our federal government are a prime example of such a case.
Despite multiple protests from attendees in the Senate gallery and an inherently questionable social dilemma at play, the United States Senate confirmed Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as the newest Supreme Court justice, replacing retired Judge Anthony Kennedy, in a vote of 50 to 48 on Oct. 6.
This abrupt confirmation left millions of American citizens skeptical of Kavanaugh’s qualifications as such a high-positioned government official, considering the numerous, unresolved sexual assault allegations recently brought upon him.
With the influential #MeToo movement having peaked just recently, this controversial nomination has landed right in the intersection of politics and sexual assault, a topic garnering utmost controversy in the realm of social issues today.
However, it is important to take a step back and examine the components of this battle for social justice.
In Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the allegations against him, he uses the word “beer” fifty-three times and the word “drinking” forty-three times. Though Kavanaugh downplayed the frequency and degree of his drinking, many of his acquaintances have come forward to testify that Kavanaugh’s drinking habits are much worse than he lets on. This raises a major red flag: Kavanaugh may have lied under oath about the nature of his drinking, and one can only wonder what he may have done under the influence of alcohol.
While the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed that there is no official evidence to support the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, it does not take an FBI study to conclude that Kavanaugh is not suitable for the position.
Kavanaugh is a man whose behavior falls far from the paradigm of prestige expected in a Supreme Court Justice. In his testimony on Oct. 4, his behavior embodies that of yet another Republican senator fabricating conspiratorial plots against him and engaging in childish verbal spats with other senators.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation is the biggest setback to the legitimacy of our government since President Trump’s entrance into the White House in 2016. This political circus makes a mockery of the reputations of not only our Senators, but also our government representatives in general.
After all, a government that was founded on the very basis of representing its citizens should listen to the majority opinions on such issues as elections and nominations, rather than succumbing to those of the stubborn minority.
Furthermore, the horrendous treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the Palo Alto University professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual harassing her in high school, by Republicans is downright repulsive.
The dismissive and blatantly misogynistic behavior demonstrated by Trump in his mockery of Ford in a Mississippi rally only serves to justify his primitive level of maturity. Trump’s pathetic jabs at Ford’s testimony make it clear why victims of sexual harassment often hesitate to come forward, especially if they can expect to be met with ridicule by someone of a stature no less than that of the President of the United States. Never before has a president responded this inappropriately to a topic as serious as sexual assault. With his repeated claim that men are the real victims and childish behavior, Trump has somehow managed to set the standards for his presidency even lower than before.
In this, the pair of Kavanaugh and Trump seems to be a match made in heaven.
Or rather, in hell.
Sure, there is not sufficient evidence to support or deny these allegations. However, the inconclusive nature of the situation should not pave way for the outright insensitive manner by which our country’s president handled the situation.
Rather than at least cooperating with investigators and allowing for trials and public awareness of the case to continue, President Trump, with all of his illogical, defensive views when it comes to those akin to himself, repeatedly and furiously denied all truth in each accuser’s statements.
This behavior, of course, leads to immense skepticism and utter horror when it comes down to a corrupt political system.
This most recent incident concerning a high-ranking official of a most fortunate country is no scandal behind closed doors. Kavanaugh is not hiding behind a dark abyss; he isn’t even hiding in plain sight. Our country’s political system has reached such a level of distortion that such extreme and obvious infractions of the law are downplayed right in front of the people it is supposed to serve.
News sources from across country rushed to publish hundreds of thousands of articles regarding the incident, but still, to no avail.
One president’s single-handed denial of all the possibilities behind each accusation has sealed our country’s fate. A president who, really, lost the presidential election of 2016 by a whopping three million voters in the popular vote.
With this said, it is not so much of a surprise that the government that ensues under his unpopular reign also functions for the minority; rather, it is a very predictable outcome that needs to change very soon, if our government is going to continue to be effective.
When taken into statistical perspective, it is important to remember that the forty-eight senators who voted “no” on Kavanaugh’s confirmation into an influential, life-long position, actually represent 181.8 million citizens of America. On the other hand, the fifty senators who so carelessly deemed Kavanaugh qualified for such a determining position only represent 143.2 million citizens.
These statistics alone prove our American political system unfit for further governing, especially if it continues to run for the benefit of the entitled minority of this long-respected country.
The United States government is supposed to serve, well, the people of the United States. Why, then, are our representatives ignoring the millions of cries against Kavanaugh? Why do politicians consistently disregard the voices of the people? What alternative motives might they have?
While the truth may be covered up, all that is left to say is #IBelieveKavanaugh…about as much as I believe in Trump’s ability to properly serve our country.