The Republican Party in its ancient past had a record of which it could be proud. It was they who helped lead the charge to rid the nation of slavery. Much later, they adopted the motto of, “The Party of Lincoln” to provide cover against charges of racism, but long ago they had reason to be proud. Lincoln himself was rather ambivalent about slavery, being willing to simply send the slaves back to Africa and not including states in the Emancipation Proclamation that didn’t secede from the nation (Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, and Kentucky). Republicans themselves lost their moral high ground in the Compromise of 1877 when they traded for the Presidency after a highly contested Presidential election and in return, they removed Federal troops from the South effectively ending Reconstruction and opening the door to Jim Crow.
Fast forward to 2018, the President, Donald J. Trump is a liar. If his nose grew like Pinnochio’s every time he lied? It would have circumferenced the globe several times by now. The Republican Party has shown themselves equally willing to lie to accomplish their goals. In the case of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings on national television.
Questioning has revealed that Kavanaugh perjured himself in testimony under oath during previous confirmation hearings both in 2004 and 2006. He lied about not having received and used documents stolen from Democrats in order to help confirm Republican nominees. He apparently also lied about meetings with the President’s lawyers and discussing Robert Mueller and the Special Counsel investigation. We now know how far Kavanaugh was willing to go to attain a coveted Supreme Court seat and previously to become a Federal Judge. He is a liar, but why indict the entire Republican Party for the lies of Trump and Kavanaugh?
The hearings have also shown how far Republicans went to keep the public from being aware of Kavanaugh’s lies, declaring the proof of his lies of which they were aware, “Committee Confidential” meaning Democrat Senators couldn’t reveal the information under penalty of expulsion from the Senate. For once, Democrats showed a spine and released documents including emails to and from Kavanaugh which showed his true feelings about whether Roe v. Wade is “settled law” and matters involving race. They also proved beyond reasonable doubt that Kavanaugh perjured himself before the very Senate Judiciary Committee which he now appears before.
Republicans knew Kavanaugh had perjured himself and attempted to cover it up by refusing to release hundreds of thousands of documents, dumping 42,000 of the documents they did release the night before the hearings, and classifying yet more documents as Committee Confidential so they couldn’t be discussed. They are complicit in protecting Kavanaugh from his past perjury and remain silent while he continues to lie now about having lied previously.
In spite of the revelation that Kavanaugh has perjured himself then and now to their own committee. Republicans appear poised to send him on with their stamp of approval to the full Senate where his confirmation is expected to pass along party lines. Not one Republican is prepared to say this is not acceptable. They watch the President lie on every subject including those which affect national security and they generally say and absolutely do nothing. They will turn a blind eye to confirming an obvious perjurer to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court when they should be seeking to impeach him from his present job due to his felony perjury.
The lies and acts of Trump can be assigned to an individual. The confirmation of Kavanaugh reflects on the entire Republican Senate and the entire party that will support them anyway. Because their leader is a liar, the Senate supports liars and the Party itself supports each. Republicans would prefer to be known for who they were in the 1860’s, instead, they are far better known for who they are today, the Party of Liars!