I have written over the years about the Supreme Court and why it should not be so important. But unfortunately it is of supreme importance because the Supreme Court has declared itself superior to the supposed co-equal branches of government of the executive and the Congress. Justices are appointed for life and they answer to no one. President Lincoln warned us about this in his first inauguration speech.
The president and the citizens of this country never know how a justice will rule once the appointment is final. Liberals can become conservatives. Conservatives can become liberals. And they can change on a case by case basis.
Now the Senate has to decide on a nomination to that Supreme Court and either affirm or deny appointment. All the hard evidence before the senate says that the candidate is qualified. The candidate has been investigated and cleared for the Federal bench already.
Now comes an accusation out of the blue that calls all that mass of qualification into question. The accusation was held privately for 30 years by the accuser. No official record of the alleged incident has been produced. The letter of accusation was held by a Senator for at least two months after its receipt. That Senator chose to remain silent throughout the long vetting process until the last minute.
The members of the Senate will have to make up their minds as to the truthfulness of the accusation. If they believe the accusation of sexual assault they will then have to decide if such alleged acts of a 17-year-old should be held as disqualifying after a demonstrated life of impeccable legal scholarship and citizenship.
If the Senate decides to reject the nomination without some proof or eyewitness testimony that gives great weight to the accusation, the effects in the country will be long lasting. Bitterness and out right hate for our national government will grow. Many, perhaps even a majority of the people, now believe that there is a double standard at law in our country. There is a growing belief that there is a standard of toleration and mercy for liberals and a vendetta and a maximum punishment standard for conservatives. That is a belief that will evolve into terrible things yet to be seen.
We shall see of what the senators are made. They, not the nominee, are being weighed in the balance.