Kavanaugh is the safe bet of the Deep State
On January 11, 2018, the House voted to renew the warrantless surveillance program for another six years. This was the program Edward Snowden exposed. 65 Democrats, over one-third of them, supported it, and they were needed for passage because 45 Republicans were opposed.
Two days later on Facebook, I wrote:
J. Edgar Hoover gathered power through blackmail of members of Congress and other influential people. This is what warrantless surveillance is about: blackmail. I speculate the Supreme Court has already been compromised, as well as substantial members of Congress. IF Democrats in the Senate fail to stop renewal of warrantless surveillance and allow Trump to keep this power, my speculation will turn into a surmise. Whether you prefer to call it Democracy or the Republic, it will be dead, and I’d see no way to bring it back. The Warfare-Police State would have its ultimate triumph.
Then on January 18, the Senate passed the bill 65–34. Seven Republicans were opposed; 21 of 47 Democrats were in favor, including the Minority Leader.
If President Trump is the worst person in the world, as Democrats often imply, then for a substantial number of them to give him the power to spy on you without a search warrant is, well, curious. Had some of them been coerced through blackmail? Did the NSA gather scandalous information on certain members of Congress and let them know through Deep State channels that they’d risk exposure if they didn’t vote a certain way?
I’m not suggesting all votes are coerced. They’re definitely not. Suspicions would be raised if someone votes completely out of character. The Deep State won’t try to persuade someone who’s always been against, say, the Patriot Act, to suddenly vote to renew it. But the Deep State may strike when a member of Congress is undecided on a vote.
And I’m wondering if there are Deep State machinations to force Republican support for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court even after he appears to have lied under oath and will be seen as a divisive, partisan figure on the Supreme Court. Beyond the original attempted rape allegation, he’s now a bigger headache than President Trump or Senate Republicans imagined. The President can withdraw the nomination on the grounds of Kavanaugh lying under oath and won’t be hurt politically.
Admittedly, there are angry conservatives who believe this is about false accusations and that Kavanaugh’s the victim. They will be forever angry at Republican Senators who abandon him. That’s why the President should take the lead and withdraw Kavanaugh and give Republican Senators cover. It’s in the best interest of his party.
I doubt it will happen, as Trump’s stubbornness is legendary. And, it might not even be Trump who wants Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, but the very FBI that’s now “investigating” him. Kavanaugh is the Surveillance State’s — the Deep State’s- best friend: he helped draft the Patriot Act and has already ruled as a federal appellate judge that the metadata collection in warrantless surveillance is Constitutional.
Of course, it’s not Constitutional. And that’s the point: the Deep State wants someone on the Supreme Court that says their violations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments aren’t violations at all.
If Kavanaugh is withdrawn, another Republican appointee will fill the vacancy who might come to the same conclusions as Kavanaugh, but you never know.
Kavanaugh is the safe bet.
And it wouldn’t surprise me if the Deep State is blackmailing Republicans to support him.