According to the senator, Americans need to go back to their basic understanding of civics to get to the bottom of the vitriolic display witnessed during Kavanaugh’s hearing.
“The hyperventilating that we see in this process and the way that today’s hearing started with 90 minutes of theatrics that are preplanned with certain members of the other side here, it shows us a system that is wildly out of whack,” Sasse claimed.
Sasse broke down four points to back up his thesis that these confirmation hearings turned into a clown show because Congress abdicated its power.
- The legislative branch was “supposed to be the center of our politics.”
- “It’s not” because Congress released power to bureaucrats, the White House, and the Supreme Court, as they didn’t want to face voters and risk losing re-elections.
- Americans look for justices to be “super-legislators,” politicizing the one branch of government that wasn’t supposed to be political.
- The court needs to be restored to its original function, as does the legislative branch.
The senator didn’t pull any punches while attacking his fellow members of Congress.
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“Most people here want their jobs more than they really want to do legislative work,” Sasse said, “and so they punt most of the work to the next branch.”
Sasse claimed that the mountains of bureaucracy and the loss of control left Americans with no way to hold the government responsible.
“That’s why the Supreme Court is increasingly a substitute political battleground,” he said.
“People shouldn’t be protesting in front of the Supreme Court, they should be protesting in front of this body,” Sasse added before stating that “making laws means we have to hash out the reality that we don’t all agree.”
Sasse slammed his fellow lawmakers, claiming they had “self-neutered” by abdicating power to the executive branch, adding, “This is not what ‘School House Rock’ says.”
The senator claimed the only way to right the system is to bring “School House Rock” back and force the branches of government to work as they were intended to in the Constitution.
“The question before us is whether or not [Kavanaugh] has the temperament and the character to take his policy views and his political preferences and put them in a box marked ‘irrelevant’ and set it aside every morning when he puts on the black robe,” Sasse said. “If you don’t think he does, vote no. But if you think he does, stop the charades.
“It seems to me that Judge Kavanaugh is ready to do his job,” Sasse concluded his argument. “The question for us is whether we’re ready to do our job.”