Why pretty words are not enough
In observance of Constitution Day, there was a tweet from Libertarian Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky saying that the Constitution is for restraining the power of the government, not of the people — nice, feel good words.
He and many others have spent the past decades proclaiming their being more freedom-loving than any-body else, yet have settled for aiding and abetting President Trump in exploring what powers he can wield without checks and balances — pardons, declassifying sensitive intelligence, waging a trade war with tariffs, among others.
The president has focused precisely on lack of restraint, abusing the powers for vendettas and personal gain. At least he is acting on what he really believes, instead of how Sen. Paul apparently thinks that pretty words are enough.
John Garza, McAllen
Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not destiny
Mr. Feldman in his Sept. 9 commentary tried to make a case for the Supreme Court nomination and con-firmation of Brett Kavanaugh as his destiny. The title and destiny theme suggest something close to biblical prophecy. Feldman begins this odyssey in the 50s and romanticizes the Federalist Society founded in 1975 for the sole purpose of moving conservatives (whatever that is now) into SCOTUS.
He left out some important history. The Federalist Society eschews both conservative and libertarian views. It’s no secret that Ronald Reagan pledged to reverse Roe v Wade in the 1980s. Kavanaugh served in the George W. Bush administration in a key position that aided the push of conservative judges into federal courts. The White House outsourced the nomination list to the Federalist Society and Don MaGahn took it from there, although he had begun his list in early 2016.
Kavanaugh is currently accused by Lisa Graves — a Senate lawyer who worked for Senator Leahy — of us-ing stolen Democratic Party documents, emails, memos, to benefit Republican strategies and then Kava-naugh lied about it at least twice to the Senate. Graves even recognized her research in some of the docu-ments. Others have also made the same accusations.
Republican senators withheld 10,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s record from the minority senators, and this lit-tle dribble of information is telling when we wonder what else was withheld and why, thus the mad rush to get confirmation to a vote in a week. Merrick Garland was not allowed to meet with Republican leaders, or have preliminary meetings let alone one hearing. He was shut out by the majority party for the last eight months or more of the Obama presidency.
Republicans loved to romanticize Kavanaugh during rushed hearings that kept everyone into late evening hours. They adoringly spoke about how their nominee coached girls’ basketball among other heroic domes-tic efforts.
No, Mr. Feldman. It is not destiny. It is the dark hand of money, power, and corruption that may make this Republican operative the next justice.
Shirley Rickett, Alamo