Bro­ken gov­ern­ment

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Opinion - Ger­ard Brooker Bethel

For a while now, our gov­ern­ment has been a bro­ken one.

Some would call it tribal, what with Democrats and Repub­li­cans stand­ing up ex­clu­sively for their own party.

In vot­ing for Judge Ka­vanaugh along party lines to be an as­so­ciate jus­tice of the Supreme Court, the Se­nate has spurred five crit­i­cal losses for the Amer­i­can peo­ple, losses that will do in­cal­cu­la­ble dam­age to the in­tegrity and vi­tal­ity of our democ­racy.

First: that the FBI did not in­ter­view many pos­si­ble wit­nesses, in­clud­ing Dr. Blasey- Ford and non­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh, who could tes­tify, sug­gests that the White House placed strict lim­its — fa­vor­able to the can­di­date — on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

This ma­nip­u­la­tion shat­ters con­fi­dence in our gov­ern­ment. The “fix” was in.

Sec­ond: Given that Ka­vanaugh has per­jured him­self six times in the vet­ting process, shows that ly­ing works as an aid to get what we want. So what has been lost? Noth­ing less than ly­ing is bad be­cause truth is the glue that binds us.

With­out it, the re­li­a­bil­ity of our words is ques­tion­able. The nee­dle on the ly­ing me­ter has just moved more to the right. Truth, where art thou?

Third: the “# Me Too” move­ment is be­ing un­der­mined.

Once again, we are be­ing shown that men of power — see Trump mak­ing fun of Dr. Ford — will try to make women who have been sex­u­ally abused think twice be­fore com­ing for­ward.

In his re­but­tal of Ford last week, Ka­vanaugh used the Clarence Thomas play­book in the method used against Anita Hill in 1991: be loud, bom­bas­tic, self- pity­ing, with a key phrase such as “A high tech lynch­ing” by Thomas, and “Ad­vise and con­sent to search and de­stroy” by Ka­vanaugh.

Fourth: the rep­u­ta­tion of the FBI as an in­sti­tu­tion with in­tegrity has been com­pro­mised. Why? Be­cause it has al­lowed it­self to be used by the White House. Where has FBI Di­rec­tor Wray been in all of this?

Fifth: the rep­u­ta­tion of the Supreme Court has again been tar­nished. Once a bas­tion of in­tegrity, it now has two mem­bers ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct, and is fast be­com­ing a po­lit­i­cal body. To whom shall we turn?

Our gov­ern­ment is no longer bro­ken. It is now shat­tered. The over­all con­se­quence of the machi­na­tions of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee is a loss of con­fi­dence in our gov­ern­ment.

We are now so di­vided that we are on the verge of a civil war of words, hope­fully not guns. Let us hope that Truth will win out.

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