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Has Lady Justice Ditched Her Blindfold?

Oct 8, 2018

Today, we've booked no guests. It's Colin and your calls. 

Saturday's confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was the anticlimatic coda to a nomination that has both riveted and more deeply divided our country.

Depending on your view, the Kavanaugh confirmation either endangers the legitimacy of the court or is a welcome culmination to a decades-long effort to capture a solid conservative majority on the high court.

Opinions may differ but certain facts don't change.

The Kavanaugh nomination has been one of the biggest traffic-generating news stories for hyper-partisan pages on Facebook - especially those hyper-partisan publishers who’ve otherwise struggled under changes to Facebook’s algorithm. 

Judge Kavanaugh will be the first justice nominated by a president who lost the popular vote and with support from senators representing less than half of the country and also opposed by a majority of Americans. 

Judge Kavanaugh will be the second justice currently sitting on the Supreme Court to be accused of sexual improprieties. 

What we don't know is what this means for the millions of Americans whose lives will be affected by the decisions made by the nine members of this court. In the end, we can't depend on the courts to defend our rights. As Howard Zinn notes, rights come alive when citizens get involved.

The power is within us. Use it.