If you missed the first day of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for the United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, then you most likely missed Senator Ben Sasse dropping metaphoric bombs on his colleagues.
If you’ve ever wanted to shout at the U.S. Congress “DO YOUR JOB!” then you’ll enjoy knowing Sasse did it for you.
And, Sasse got everything right in his assessment about Democrat hysteria concerning the judicial pick, though his comments will undoubtedly be missed by mainstream media.
Check it out, per Fox News:
As the opening day devolved into a spectacle of protests and objections, Sasse explained there’s so much “hysteria” and pressure with regard to the court because “Congress has decided to self-neuter.”
He lamented that the Supreme Court justices, in turn, are expected to be “super legislators.” This “misunderstanding of the role of the Supreme Court,” he argued, accounts for the vitriolic rhetoric aimed at Kavanaugh.
“Judge, since your nomination in July, you’ve been accused of hating women, hating children, hating clean air, wanting dirty water, you’ve been declared a quote/unquote ‘existential threat to our nation.'”
“This drivel is patently absurd. I worry we’re going to hear more of it over the next few days. The good news is, it is absurd, and the American people don’t believe any of it.”
“The hysteria around Supreme Court nomination confirmation hearings is coming from the fact that we have a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the Supreme Court in American life now. Our political commentary talks about the Supreme Court like they are people wearing red and blue jerseys; that’s a really dangerous thing.”
“It’s predictable that every confirmation hearing now is going to be [an] overblown, politicized circus. It’s because we’ve accepted a new theory about how our three branches of government should work, and in particular, how the judiciary should work.”
“Most people here want their jobs more than they really want to do legislative work and so they punt most of the work to the next branch.”
“We badly need to restore the proper duties and the balance of power from our constitutional system.”
“We need a Congress that passes laws and suffers the consequences that people get to hire and fire the Congress. We need an executive branch that tries to execute the laws that’ve been passed and we need judges who judge and not try to be super legislators. And most people in the Congress seem to have forgotten.”
“I do think that the left started this fight but I think both of these parties are really, really lame in teaching basic civics to our kids right now. People on both sides of the aisle regularly talk about the Supreme Court like there are Republican justices and Democratic justices.”
Here’s even more from Sasse’s civics lesson, per National Review:
Sasse describes the “elegant and fair process” the Founders created, a system in which Congress makes law, the executive humbly enforces the law, and the judiciary applies “written laws to facts and cases that are actually before it.” And in this process the key question is “not what did Brett Kavanaugh think eleven years ago on some policy matter. The question before us is whether or not he has the temperament and the character to take his policy views and political preferences and put them in a box marked ‘irrelevant’ and set it aside every morning when he puts on the black robe.”
It’s unfortunate that clips like this tend to only go viral within an already-engaged political subculture (which, sadly, needs this wisdom as badly as the rest of America). An enormous amount of modern political dysfunction can be traced to the willful, generations-long, bipartisan inversion of our constitutional structure — where the political branch that was intended to be the most powerful (Congress) is subordinated to both the executive and the judiciary. As I’ve written before, the result is a political system where your vote is most consequential once every four years (if you live in a swing state, that is) while your once-every-two-years ballot for Congress is typically cast for a glorified pundit.
Many people online loved the comments:
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) September 4, 2018
.@BenSasse is going OFF on Senate right, Congress for punting on responsibility and failing to do their jobs or pass meaningful laws.
“The Congress has decided to self-neuter.” 🔥🔥🔥
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) September 4, 2018
“The solution is not to find judges who will be policymakers… we need a Congress that writes laws and suffers the consequences”
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) September 4, 2018
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 4, 2018
.@BenSasse issuing the much-needed Dad lecture at the Kavanaugh hearing.
— Andrea Ruth (@AndreaNRuth) September 4, 2018
Fantastic opening statement by @BenSasse
— Matthew Continetti (@continetti) September 4, 2018
Sen. Sasse’s opening statement is just superb. #Kavanaugh
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 4, 2018
Nice disquisition on the separation of powers from Senator Sasse.
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) September 4, 2018
— Lanhee J. Chen (@lanheechen) September 4, 2018
Ben Sasse giving us a fantastic overview of the levels of bloated unelected govt bureaucracy & failure of Congress for doing its job & telling everyone to take this seriously and stop with the hysterics & to stop smearing a man personally,will be the best thing about this hearing
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) September 4, 2018
Can someone put this statement by Sen Ben Sasse on YouTube and it be required viewing in every American History class across the nation? Amazing.
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) September 4, 2018