By Richardt Stormsgaard
David Brock assessing Kavanaugh as SCOTUS judge.
David Brock was once an important asset for the extreme right-wing that has taken over the Republican Party. However, he has since deeply regretted his role in this conspiracy extending back decades and the following five excerpts are his own words in a very recent interview on NBC about the ramifications of appointing Kavanaugh as a SCOTUS judge, and what it would mean to the American people and our democracy. The entire interview can be googled for those interested. David Brock says:
“….And that’s why I want to tell any senator who cares about our democracy: Vote no. Twenty years ago, when I was a conservative movement stalwart, I got to know Brett Kavanaugh both professionally and personally….”
“….Brett and I were part of a close circle of cold, cynical and ambitious hard-right operatives being groomed by GOP elders for much bigger roles in politics, government and media….”
“….In a rough division of labor, Kavanaugh played the role of lawyer — one of the sharp young minds recruited by the Federalist Society to infiltrate the federal judiciary with true believers….”
“….While Ted (Olson) was pushing through the Arkansas Project conspiracy theories claiming that Clinton White House lawyer and Hillary friend Vincent Foster was murdered (he committed suicide), Brett was costing taxpayers millions by peddling the same garbage at Starr’s office. A detailed analysis of Kavanaugh’s own notes from the Starr Investigation reveals he was cherry-picking random bits of information from the Starr investigation — as well as the multiple previous investigations — attempting vainly to legitimize wild right-wing conspiracies. For years he chased down each one of them without regard to the emotional cost to Foster’s family and friends, or even common decency. Kavanaugh was not a dispassionate finder of fact but rather an engineer of a political smear campaign….”
“….But I can promise you that any pretense of simply being a fair arbiter of the constitutionality of any policy regardless of politics is simply a pretense. He made up his mind nearly a generation ago — and, if he’s confirmed, he’ll have nearly two generations to impose it upon the rest of us….”
The right-wing efforts have had great success in part by their coordinated vilification campaigns against opponents, whether it be the Clintons, Obama, George Soros, or institutions like our federal government and the United Nations. Even our Supreme Court is gradually being infected by right-wing concepts. The 2010 Citizens United decision allowed quid pro quo corruption of politicians by dark groups of corporate interests with unlimited funds, and the 2013 dismantling of the Voting Rights Act has led to massive voter prevention measures in about a dozen Republican states, preventing many millions of voters in Democratic districts from voting. These SCOTUS decisions are in stark contrast to the lofty promise of the US Constitution offering equality for all under the law, protected by the US government, and should forewarn us how much more our democracy will likely suffer as our judiciary is infected by conservative judges.
Sixty-eight very conservative federal judges have been appointed so far since the Trump election, many more than during any first two years by any other president, and they will vote to roll back civil and voting rights for the next many decades, “infiltrating the federal judiciary with true believers” as David Brock warned in the NBC interview. Brett Kavanaugh, “an engineer of political smear campaigns, attempting vainly to legitimize wild right-wing conspiracies” is now seated at SCOTUS.
During the last years thousands of laws and regulations have been introduced at the state and the federal levels attacking civil and voting rights particularly in Republican states. Much of our federal judiciary are still fighting for our democracy, trying their best to protect the civil and voting rights that the spirit of our Constitution demands, but cannot resist indefinitely if conservative rulings against civil and voting rights increase and accelerate from SCOTUS.
The 2016 Republican Party Platform for the first time has openly admitted their long-term agenda, including:
Remove Birthright Citizenship
Reverse Marriage Equality
Restrict Voting Rights
Unlimited Corporate Financing
Destroy Social Safety Net Programs
Our democracy is under serious assault, the recent midterm elections notwithstanding. We have had many victories but our election system is so riddled with principles antithetical to the one person one vote principle that underlies modern democracy that it will require much stronger, better coordinated messaging from progressives to fight the right-wing ascendancy in this country.