What the Kavanaugh Senate decision means for America

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I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I stand speechless, unable to convey a single positive message about our government after seeing the Kavanaugh hearings back in late September. I think the majority of viewers watching the hearings expected something different; something less partisan and more judicial. Every day since the premature 2016 campaign of Donald Trump’s Presidential running, we’ve heard countless stories of misogyny, sexism as well as movements against sexual abuse within our government.

The hearings and decisions towards the Supreme Court Justice appointment of Brett Kavanaugh symbolize more than just a shift in our political system; they represent how far we’ve come yet how we’ve barely progressed when it comes to testing our nation’s solidarity towards women. Kavanaugh’s exposé highlighted a social climate within our country, showing how limitless the patriarchy’s tests of resentment have been played within politics. Doreen St. Félix, writer for The New Yorker, expresses the inappropriateness of the “no shame” attitude dozens, especially Kavanaugh, presented during the hearing. She wrote how there was “not even a hint of the sagacity one expects from a potential Supreme Court Justice. More than presenting a convincing rebuttal to Ford’s extremely credible account, Kavanaugh—and Hatch, and Lindsey Graham—seemed to be exterminating, live, for an American audience, the faint notion that a massively successful white man could have his birthright questioned or his character held to the most basic type of scrutiny.”

Through the eyes of a student, I saw past the politics involved and did my best to interpret the situation without bias. Instead, numerous thoughts of anger, confusion and disapproval shot into my mentality as not a Democrat or Republican, but as a person. I realized that, regardless of Dr. Ford’s testimonies and evidence, Kavanaugh had a higher chance of becoming Supreme Court Justice for life than she did of winning the case. Having a man with so much controversy surrounding him stand as such a powerful representative for this nation’s judicial system shows that we genuinely do not have the perfect system. All the witnesses, all the sincere recollections and all the media coverage felt superficial after Kavanaugh won with the senate votes.

I feel that we as a younger generation currently watching the injustices taking place need to take action towards what is happening throughout our government. Instead of leaving forgotten sexual allegations like these as precedent, we need to stop ruling things through politics and see things as people. Regardless if you believe or don’t believe Dr. Ford’s testimony, what everyone can agree is that no man — especially a SCOTUS Justice — should have that much controversy to his name.

Kenzo Kimura is recurring guest writer for the Patriot Post and iPatriotPost. He is a senior at American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. Even though he started out as a junior, his involvement with newspaper as well as his passion for journalism truly reflects his "obscure" writing and prestigious camera shots. Kenzo is also President and Co-Founder of the Asian-American Student Association, Vice-President of Key Club and an active member of Speech & Debate, Model UN, Quill and Scroll, and many more. In his free time he loves listening to Jazz classics, eating "weird food" and telling everyone he writes for the Patriot Post.

1 Comment

  1. “I think the majority of viewers watching the hearings expected something different; something less partisan and more judicial.” This hearing was turned partisan by the Democrats, who deliberately waited and prolonged the hearing to *try* to delay the confirmation until midterms. You then went on to call out Senators Hatch and Graham. You act as if the Republican senators gave no value to Ford’s testimony when it’s the Democrats who were using her as nothing more than a pawn to stop Kavanaugh from reaching the Supreme Court.

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