Opposition of Trump’s nominee – A serious indictment on American morality – By Yvonne Sam

Opposition of Trump’s nominee – A serious indictment on American morality

By Yvonne Sam

It may be viewed as a flaw be seen as a flaw and a blessing so distressing, having a Supreme Court Justice willing to uphold the rule of law,

On July 9, President Donald Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. In a televised address from the East Room of the White House, the President said, “There is no one in America more qualified for this position—and no one more deserving,” he said. “This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support.”

Like Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas, Judge Kavanaugh is a constitutional “originalist,” someone who interprets the United States Constitution as its framers originally intended.     

In a brief acceptance speech following the nomination, Kavanaugh retorted, “My judicial philosophy is straightforward, a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written, and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent.”During his incumbency on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kavanaugh wrote influential legal opinions on administrative law, criminal law, environmental law, immigration law, the Second Amendment, the separation of powers, religious liberty and many other issues.  An in-depth analysis conducted by political scientists Lee Epstein, Andrew Martin and Kevin Quinn predicted that if confirmed Kavanaugh would be the second-most conservative justice on the bench if confirmed, next to Justice Clarence Thomas.

However, that can only happen if he is confirmed. While the Constitution confers on the president the right to nominate justices of the Supreme Court, they must be confirmed by the Senate before they can be officially appointed.  The nominee needs the support of 50 senators in order to be confirmed and since Senator Mc Cain, is absent from Washington on account of ill health, simply stated it means that  even one Republican defector can sink Kavanaugh’s nomination, assuming he receives no support from Democratic senators.

Already Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, is poised to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation. His plan involves convincing Democrats and liberal Republicans that Kavanaugh would roll back abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act (aca) if the Senate confirms him for the Supreme Court. On being questioned as to his modus operandi, Schumer told a CBS interviewer, “I believe if we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women’s reproductive freedom, repeals the ACA with its protections for preexisting conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it.”

The battle over abortion is becoming extremely and particularly heated.  Justice Kennedy was a legal advocate for abortion rights, while Justice Kavanaugh has made only a few rulings on the topic of abortion. There are many analysts who think that since Kavanaugh is a constitutional originalist he could side with the Supreme Court’s  currentfour conservative justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declared criminalizing abortion unconstitutional.  Should Roe v. Wade be overturned, abortion would instantly be criminalized in 13 states, according to a study  conducted by naral Pro-Choice America, a pro-abortion political advocacy group.

Granted it is too early to predict whether Judge Kavanaugh will even be confirmed to the Supreme Court, much less whether he will help overturn Roe v. Wade. Nevertheless, the current situation is an indictment of America’s moral condition: A judge who believes in obeying the Constitution and who has made few legal decisions regarding abortion is being adamantly opposed and demonized based on the idea that he might possibly play a role in making it harder for women to kill their unborn children. Data reveals that over 60 million babies have been aborted in the U.S. since the Roe v. Wade court decision in 1973. Two thirds of Americans say they do not want this court decision to be completely overturned. Some high-ranking government officials, like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are even calling for “the American people” to rally “around Roe v. Wade.”

Oh! say can’t you see, if Americans, and especially some of their leaders, are this enraged over the possibility of a potential future Supreme Court justice possibly beginning to restrict abortions, what will happen if the Supreme Court actually makes such a decision?but his efforts will be in vain unless the American people themselves rally around the rule of law and biblical morality.

God save us all before the fall.

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  • Cyril Persaud  On July 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Yvonne Sam – who are you and do you reside in these united states of america

  • Yvonne Sam  On July 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Dear Cyril,

    In order to correctly respond to your inquiry– Who are you? Are you referring to my genus/ specie? Answer– homo sapiens.

    Do you reside in the United States?– No longer.
    Lived in the U. S as a legal alien for a while following a 13 year residence in Great Britain. Did graduate studies at Pace University in New York.
    Incidentally, does my absence from the U. S. A preclude me from commenting on their political shenanigans.
    On a further conclusive note, be advised that all my siblings bar one are resident throughout the United States.

    Hope these answers assuage your curiosity.

    Yvonne Sam.

    • Cyril Persaud  On July 29, 2018 at 12:05 am

      Who are you to question the morality of the citizens of these United States of America 🇺🇸

  • Albert  On July 29, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Yvonne what do you mean by ‘biblical morality’ and ‘women killing their unborn children’.
    Did the God you claim to know not kill all those innocent babies when he flood the earth in the days of Noah. Did he not also kill the first born of Egypt , which included children, to make a simple point.
    The decision as to whether or not to have an abortion should be left to the pregnant woman, her sperm giver and the doctor. What does your God who, according to the bible, kill babies has to do with it.

    • Cyril Persaud  On July 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      amen Sir Albert

  • Cyril Persaud  On July 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Yvonne are you living in Guyana

  • Hermina  On July 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Could I suggest that you both attend some self upgrading classes, or desist from writing until you can add intelligent input to issues raised her. . Are you familiar with Roe vs Wade, and did you take the time to carefully read the article. Why not instead of wasting time attacking each and every article, write an article and give your take on the issue.

    To assist you in rational thinking God is only mentioned at the conclusion of the article, as a call for help regarding the making of a correct decision regarding the nomination of the judge.

    I would be truthful you have sickened me to the point where I do not even want to read the paper and being subjected to moronic comments such as that of you and sick Albert.

    Be careful how you inquire as to the whereabouts of people ?

    • Emanuel  On July 29, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Hermina: You are clearly Yvonne’s alter ego. Any attempts to camouflage it is a shoddy one. It is rather odd that the only time you choose to comment is when Sam is criticized.

      In so doing, you are embarrassing yourself. As Albert states, when you comment in a public forum, it comes with criticism. Not everyone will agree with you. It is how the cookie crumbles.

      Please respect the commenters whether you agree or disagree with their views.

  • Albert  On July 29, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Hermina I dont know if I should waste time responding to you. Difficult to recall a situation in which someone is attaking the writer of a response to an article written for public attention, on a public board.

  • Albert  On July 29, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    continuation from previous post

    Hermina are you assuming Yvonne cannot respond for herself. In which case you might be insulting her intelligence. Its difficult for me to determine your motive for personal attacks in defense of Yvonne’s article. Don’t you know you lose out in a discussion when you attack people personally.

  • Albert  On July 29, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Let me repeat the point Hermina.

    My understanding of what Yvonne is writing is that the opposition reasoning for the selection of the Judge is center around the idea he might make it more difficult for women to “ kill their unborn children” and not just to have an abortion. Questionable choice of words. Many of us don’t see an abortion as murder.

    Drowning innocent babies in a flood more seems like murder.

  • Ron Saywack  On July 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    The Great Irony:

    Norma McCorvey was born in Simmesport, Louisiana in 1947. Her parents were young and poor and struggled mightily to make ends meet. The family later moved to Houston, Texas in hope of improving their economic situation.

    Norma’s troubled childhood became more difficult when her parents separated when she was 13. Her mother was a violent alcoholic and an abusive mother.

    Norma McCorvey became pregnant in her teens and gave birth to Melissa in 1965. Melissa was given up for adoption. Norma became pregnant again in 1966 and gave birth to a baby boy who was also given up for adoption.

    At 21, in 1969, Norma became pregnant for the third time and this time she wanted to have an abortion. Texas State laws allowed for abortions only in cases of rape, incest, and maternal health. Norma left Houston to live Dallas. There she decided to lie that she was raped so she could get an abortion.

    Her story quickly fell apart as there was no police report to support her rape claim. Two female attorneys, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, took up her case and decided to challenge the constitutionality of Texas abortion statutes. In 1970, a district court ruled that Texas abortion laws were unconstitutional. (Norma McCorvey eventually gave birth and gave up that child for adoption as well.)

    Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade appealed the lower court’s decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 7-2 decision, on 22 January 1973, the Court agreed with the lower court and ruled that Texas abortion laws were unconstitutional. Immediately thereafter, abortion became legal everywhere in the U.S.

    Norma McCorvey, a troubled young woman and the centerpiece of the abortion debate in America, was anonymized as Jane Roe in the now famous Roe v. Wade trial.

    Overturning the 1973 landmark decision would not be easy by any means. It would be a monumental Constitutional battle involving the 9th and 14th Amendment, the rights to privacy and individual liberties, and equal protection of the laws.

    It is very likely that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, should he be confirmed, would vote in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade. But it would be a long, drawn-out process that could take several years and hundreds of millions of dollars to conclude.

    One of the Herculean challenges the Court would face, as in 1973, is the question of when life begins. Each one of us has an opinion. But what will be the Court’s?

    N.B.: The irony is, Norma McCorvey never had an abortion. In her early years, she was pro-choice but later became pro-life after she converted to Catholicism.

  • Albert  On July 31, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    The irony

    Thanks Ron for giving us the history behind Roe vs Wade. I know the issue in a basic sense but not the story behind it.

    Let me give you a recent real situation. Mary has two teenage children in high school preparing for college. Her husband has no job because of health reasons. Mary who is the bread winner in the family became pregnant. The problem is she has a bad back and would need three months rest before giving birth. There were indications that the company could not have her out that long and would have to replace her. The family depended on her income to pay the bills.

    In todays world is it wrong for Mary to have an abortion.

  • Ron Saywack  On August 2, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    The following might ruffle a few feathers:

    “Oh! say can’t you see, if Americans, and especially some of their leaders, are this enraged over the possibility of a potential future Supreme Court justice possibly beginning to restrict abortions, what will happen if the Supreme Court actually makes such a decision?but his efforts will be in vain unless the American people themselves rally around the rule of law and biblical morality.

    God save us all before the fall.” What fall are we talking about?

    With all due respect to the brave author, the above passage is extremely poorly written and is, literally, gibberish.

    1) what does the “rule of law” have to do with the abortion debate?

    2) exactly what “biblical morality” are you referring to?

    Frankly, the Bible is not a book I would let my young children read. It is one of the most ridiculous and barbaric compilations of literature ever written. Its draconianism has to place in the modern world. The same extends to the other ridiculous ancient books.

    I could cite many examples where the Bible would make the stomach curdle. I don’t know exactly where to start. I’ll just restrict it to two examples:

    First, take the story of Sodom and Gomorra. The biblical god learned that there was wickedness going on in the two villages (homosexuality running amok, apparently). So he got really mad and wanted to show them all how angry he was. But instead of using fire and brimtones, he could not think of discreet heartattacks to punish the homosexuals.

    Thus he sent two male angels to warn the only worthy (holy) man in town, Lot, and his family to decamp as fast as possible before the fireworks began from above. Lot invited the two angels into his house that night. A mob of men, young and old, gathered outside the door demanding to have their way with the male visitors.

    Lot came out to plead with them to leave the men alone. He told them that they could instead have their way with his two young virgin daughters and do whatever they wanted with them. Really? Can you see the vileness and hatred for women (the misogyny) in this ridiculous biblical fable?

    The angels struck blind all the men outside so the could see where to go. But that was not enough. As Lot and his family fled, his curious wife decided to look back to see the blazing inferno and billowing smoke and she instantly became a block of salt, seasoning for food to last years.

    After all the babies, grandmothers, grandfathers, young and old, all the dogs and cats, sheep and goats, all the cows and donkeys and ducks were incinerated, only Lot and his two motherless daughters were left in the blackened, charred remains.

    That night, Lot found some fine Mid-Eastern whiskey and went up to a mountain cave to spend the night with his two daughters. He got drunk and impregnated the older child before falling asleep The next night, he got drunk again and impregnated the second daughter, for good measure. See Genesis chapter 19. 6-9 for details. Is this a story you would let a child read?

    Secondly, there is the story of Abraham preparing to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering to appease the biblical god who apparently wanted to test Abraham’s faith. Abraham stacked up a high pile of wood to tie the kid on before the killing. But before he could slaughter the child, the biblical god said, ‘wait a minute, Abe, I was only kidding.’ An angel appeared in the nick of time before Abraham could slay the child.

    Think about the psychological trauma the child must have gone through lying on that pile – now, do you really want to preach about biblical morality?

    N.B.: Of course, all this biblical stuff is pure fiction which no rational person would take seriously or literally.

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