Tuesday, Ben Sasse provided a real, thoughtful, and powerful opening statement during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing to the Supreme Court.
Mr. Sasse’s remarks came after disruptions from agitators failed to halt the confirmation process. Decades of ill- and miseducated public necessitated these remarks. We are all responsible for our lack in communicating the Founding Fathers’ vision in this manner, and with this strength.
Expanded articles can be found here, here, and here. Mr. Sasse’s full statement can be found [here](<iframe width=512 height=330 src='www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4746998/ben-sasses-opening-statement-kavanaugh-hearing' allowfullscreen='allowfullscreen' frameborder=0></iframe>).
His four key points:
- "In our system, the legislative branch is supposed to be the center of our politics.”
- “It’s not. Why not? Because for the last century, and increasing by the decade by now, more and more legislative authority is delegated to the executive branch every year, both parties do it.” Essentially, most want to keep their jobs rather than conduct the work they were elected to do, pushing the real work to other branches. See this at your own place of employment?
- Consequence: “This transfer of power means the people yearn for a place where politics can actually be done. And when we do not do a lot of big, actual political debating here, we transfer it to the Supreme Court. And that is why the Supreme Court is increasingly a substitute political battleground in America.” This is inappropriate, and must be corrected. As Mr. Sasse states, correctly, “It is not healthy.”
- “We badly need to restore the proper duties, and the balance of power, from our Constitutional system.”
Irrational instant gratification has replaced serious thought and contemplation. Sound bites substitute for sound discussion. One man, or woman, or a group of five or 50, does not dictate change to the American foundation. Sadly, many are willing to continue a lazy, follow-the-mob mentality to the destruction of personal values and moral fiber.
Thank you for reading.