The Kavanaugh confirmation hearing by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee was described by Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, as an “Intergalactic freak show.” Good description for what people have seen so far. Some Democratic members were shameful and showed how low they will go to prevent a constitutionalist judge from being confirmed to serve on the Supreme Court.

In her guest column (Sept. 16), Cynthia Phinney, president of the AFL-CIO of Maine, joined in, attempting to prevent the eminently qualified Brett Kavanaugh from being approved.

Phinney wrote that Judge Kavanaugh is a judicial extremist and, as newly appointed jurist Neil Gorsuch, would continue to “silence our voices” on the job and suppress people’s votes. She offered no specifics how he could do that.

According to Phinney, Kavanaugh has an agenda for the wealthy few and has ruled against what is fair and just for society. Again, no specifics.

And, finally, as a labor leader, Phinney demanded a “fairer economy and a more just society rejecting the broken economic rules” — whatever that means.

The bottom line with the anti-Kavanaugh people (and Phinney) is they do not understand that decisions by the Supreme Court are to follow the laws as written and preserve and protect the Constitution. They do not write laws. They accept cases only after lower courts have ruled and there is a constitutional issue involved.

The great U.S. Constitution needs judges such as Judge Kavanaugh to protect and preserve it.

George Jones, Otisfield


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