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Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court judge. What does this mean?

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     The Trump Administration gained it’s latest sanctioned member this Oct. 6 with Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation, amidst a veritable maelstrom of protests and avid objectors seeing the process through until the very last vote. Following allegations of sexual assault and a long, emotionally-trying slew of trials and hearings, Kavanaugh seemed to be fighting what Republicans were desperate to paint as an uphill battle. Maybe it wasn’t quite as easy as it was originally projected to be, — the 50-48 split would attest to that– but he secured the seat nonetheless. Just like a good majority of the country knew he would, Republican hopefuls and left-wing pessimists alike. He wields a terrifying amount of power within the far-reaching confines of the highest court in the land, and he’s not going anywhere in the foreseeable future. What does this mean? What can we do?
     In terms of our sociopolitical climate, things have been shifted terribly. We could split hairs over the fact that the investigation allotted to Doctor Ford’s case to ratify details of her story was an utter joke, — actually, maybe the FBI could’ve conducted a cohesive, thorough investigation of the matter without interviewing Ford, Kavanaugh, or the several other witnesses that claimed to have attended the party in question. Who knows, really? — or we could focus on what the implications of that are. Ducking past the clear farce, meant, one can assume, to serve as a moral covering to placate faux-concerned delegates in order to win over a large portion of the more performative vote, what all of this essentially means, is that the FBI simply didn’t care. They didn’t believe Ford. Neither did the delegates.
     “I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant,” stated Senator Susan Collins, mere hours before the vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation occurred.
     All in all, the situation was dealt with terribly. Ford’s testimony was met with an undeserved sense of callousness. By exposing her own trauma, what she hoped to do was call into question the moral scrutability of a man who would be serving his nation with that very same moral code. In an attempt to serve her country, she was utterly, and almost immediately, betrayed by it. What this all means is that it doesn’t matter how many hashtags we make, or how many protests we attend– at a fundamental level, this country does not care about sexual assault survives. The justice system will consistently fail them, because what we lack are not only sustainable protocols for dealing with such situations, but the empathy required to handle cases such as this as well.
     In terms of what there is to be done, the answer is not much. Justices are, in a word, untouchable. They serve lifelong terms, barring early resignation, and at the moment, that seems like a bit much to hope for. Seniors can vote, though. Register, and vote the minute you legally can.
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Kaelene Chargualaf, Staff Writer

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