Look Out for Brett Kavanaugh And Know The Facts

Look Out for Brett Kavanaugh And Know The Facts

The case against the newest Supreme Court nominee.

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The Supreme Court, the Highest Court in the Land, the final say on all things Constitution, the potential future workplace of Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Kavanaugh first drew the spotlight for his involvement in the Ken Starr investigation into President Clinton. Kavanaugh later served as White House Staff Secretary under President Bush before being nominated to the Court of Appeals, though this nomination process took an extraordinary three years before he was finally confirmed to the DC Circuit court in 2006, where he has served ever since. This all brings us to today, where extremely rushed hearings have been underway in the Senate for two weeks discussing Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Though Kavanaugh is undeniably accomplished and qualified to serve, the process and reasoning of his nomination have been highly irregular and suspect. The process in the Senate has been accelerated so as to confirm Kavanaugh as quickly as possible; the Republicans would certainly prefer it happen before the midterm elections in November in case they lose seats. This has led to a hectic and controversial nomination wherein over 100,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House are being withheld under the guise of "executive privilege." This means Donald Trump has chosen to hide these documents, most written by Kavanaugh, from the American public. What horrible things could be lurking in these documents that will never see the light of day? If Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) gets his way and successfully shoehorns this nomination, the public will never know what's being hidden.

The reasoning behind Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh is clear; Kavanaugh is of the belief that a sitting president cannot, by any means, be criminally indicted or subpoenaed, an especially useful belief for the current president who is facing both potential indictments and subpoenas. Additionally, Kavanaugh is an especially desirable judge for conservatives who wish to set back the clock on the last century of progress and especially see Roe v. Wade repealed.

So why should you, the average college student, care at all about this? After all, it's not like Supreme Court decisions actually affect people like us, right? Wrong. Incredibly important and consequential decisions are passed down from the Court every year, and they most certainly have direct repercussions on the lives of everyone. As young people, access to affordable and reliable birth control is vital, and prevention isn't always successful, thus Roe v. Wade is an extremely important precedent that is in danger of being reversed. Also on the conservative chopping block are issues such as same-sex marriage and voter ID laws. With Kavanaugh's confirmation, conservatives would have the votes on the Court they need to overturn same-sex marriage and upheld harsh voter ID laws crafted in states such as North Carolina, designed to suppress the vote of less advantaged people.

Brett Kavanaugh, accomplished lawyer and judge, the stooge of President Donald Trump. Handpicked by the conservatives to overturn crucial progressive decisions, Kavanaugh is nothing more than a shield for Trump who will do anything to avoid the consequences of his actions. We cannot afford to allow a political bodyguard, nominated with the sole intention of keeping Trump from being indicted, nominated by a president under investigation, whose legitimacy is extremely questionable, nominated to reverse the forward progress of this great country. This is an issue that needs to matter to you. Young people have the numbers, we have a voice, we can stand up and fight. We cannot ignore this; we can make a difference.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Educate Yourself And Spread Facts, Not Bias

Do you know the truth? Or are you allowing rumors to cloud your judgement of the political arena?

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In our society, the government has grown to be a capitalistic effort. Payout, backroom deals, we are unaware of many actions those that represent us take behind closed doors. The transparency we think we see is unrealistic and just not the way that politics actually work. In the entire world, governance has become essential to the survival and future of society. No two governments are the same, and they are essentially ever changing as many people of power change constantly.

This being said influence from these individuals rule the political sphere. Whether it be a local councilperson, senator, governor, or even the president.IN the U.S. our daily lives and wellbeing rest in the hands of the few. Some of these politicians are honest and work genuinely for the people. However, agenda frequently takes over the arena and leaves the decisions of our livelihood to the gains of politicians.

Our generation has the lowest voter turnout, leaving the decisions that we do have to older generations. Some of those hold ideologies that are not relevant nor acceptable to the climate we live in today. This is not a call to action but more of a thought. As someone who was incredibly uninvolved in politics, I wanted to look at why I lacked the care that other people my age held so passionately. I believe it starts with my distaste of conflict, which many people my age also agree with. Politics can lead to confrontation and negative conversation.

Therefore, who would want to make friendships and interactions awkward with an avoidable subject. I found myself straying from these conversations and becoming uncomfortable when friends assert opinions that I do not agree with. However, in taking classes where this environment hinges the change in industries I study. I was forced to form some type of opinion in the matter.

From here I decided to change the lens on how I looked at politics. Instead of shying away, I really listened to what my professors felt about it and their assertions. I then did my own research, looking into the history of matters that my peers and professors talked about. Educating myself on what the facts were, versus believing in rumors that I heard through the grapevine.

I started engaging friends in a positive manner, as opposing opinions are valuable in a holistic situational viewpoint. I became comfortable in the discomfort of politics and worked to learn what may be in store for our world. My point for this is to educate yourself on genuine fact. Do not assert opinions based on information that your friend or even a professor gives you, keep your knowledge on the subject relevant.

You never know when legislation may come out that seriously effects your way of life. Most importantly, knowledge is power and power is what those that leave us in ignorance have over us.

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