Allegations

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Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Allegations.
Now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed I want to take a closer look at the allegations; in particular, Dr. Ford’s allegation. Below I have included a Letter to the Editor written by a person who seems very well informed. It makes interesting reading and can explain how two people can have totally different memories and both be “credible.”
Here it is:
Two good people, how can this be?
“Most of us like to believe we can determine who is trying to mislead us. However, there are occasions where we admit our failure. Both are ethical and honest; how can we understand what happened?
I believe the answer lies in the history of memory recall. Most of us remember the agony of having children claim their parents abused them, a teacher tortured them, and so forth. They were believable because they really thought it happened, they were not lying. This was a false memory.
“Investigators know that a witness to a crime may be misled by a suggestion made during an interview that may cause them to really recall a happening that never actually did. Following the “false memory” issues we learned that during therapy, suggestions made by the therapist, in their building a patient’s history, will ask about childhood trauma.
“The above issues were resolved by investigation into the claims. If people named fail to confirm it, and it appears the event never took place, we call this a false allegation.
During the 1980s families and reputations were destroyed by prosecutors and investigators who believed it had to happen because the claimant was so sure it took place. Are we again failing to learn from the past and destroying reputations? Dr. Ford is a person who recalled an event while in therapy. The three witnesses she offered all said she was mistaken. In a normal world this would be listed as a false allegation by a well-meaning person.” (Emphasis added.)
Amidst all the charges and countercharges, amongst all the anger, and amongst all the self righteous manipulations by the Democrats two people were torn apart. Judge Kavanaugh denied and offered credible proof of his denial; Dr. Ford remembered but had no credible proof. Perhaps it is not that she lied but as pointed out in the above letter, she had a false memory. A memory she really believes happened though it never did!
So who’s to blame for all this?
I think we have to look no further that Senator Feinstein. As it looks right now she never checked out the allegation. She saw an opportunity to stop the nomination, sat on the allegation, and revealed it without Ford’s permission at the last moment. The very least she should have done is turn everything over to the committee as soon as she got it and sought clarification. Or, as facts now show, if not confirmed or verified, keep it confidential and do nothing else with it.
The Left has made a big mistake!
Not only did the senator drop the ball, the Left, whether Democrats or George Soros, showed how far from the mainstream they have really gone. There are good people who favor the politics of the left that have been betrayed. The good people who believe a person is innocent until proven guilty have been betrayed. The institution of government has been betrayed. The confidence of men and women who might want to run for office has been betrayed. And most important, the American people of all persuasions have been betrayed.
And for what? To protect their agenda!
Will the American voters remember come November?
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Insights from World of Shem

FeaturedInsights from World of Shem

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Tuesday’s I try to focus on Insights. This week I am taking another look at World of Shem.
Noah’s heart was thrilled at hearing God’s Voice. Listening carefully, he was astonished at the words God now spoke!
“…Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man.”
As God spoke it suddenly dawned upon Noah: Henceforth man is responsible to God for all our sins. Everyone of us will answer to a holy God, but He will also hold us as a people not only responsible for ourselves but for others also. If a man kills another, I as the patriarch must also take his life. This means I am expected to rule over them and take responsibility for them.
These thoughts staggered him.

After Noah and his family left the Ark God spoke to Noah and established government. In the past people ruled by might. There were kings, queens, and others whose word was law. If they thought you deserved death you died; if they thought your land and possessions should be taken away, they were taken away. In other words, the ruler had absolute power.
Capital Punishment.
Now God institutes government. Part of that establishment is Capital punishment. Today people argue against it, but God instituted it. The fact is that there is no rational argument against the death penalty.
Some people argue that it doesn’t reduce crime but history proves otherwise. According to history most crimes are committed by repeat offenders. This includes murder, rape, etc. When a person is sentenced to death it is because they committed a heinous crime.
While it might seem trivial to some, the fact is that no one has ever come back from the dead to commit another crime! Considering that repeat offenders constitute most criminal acts, this is huge. It is an obvious reduction in murders, rapes, etc. no matter what people who love to manipulate statistics want to tell you.
What About Innocent People?
That is a real problem that requires real solutions. Doing away with the death penalty is not a real solution, it’s a feel good solution that accomplishes little or nothing. Our “experts” need to focus on improving the collection and use of evidence. I for one think that police should be required to investigate all possible suspects and not focus on just one until the evidence supports such focus. Check out the facts even if the facts stand alone. Make sure that the lone fact is indeed a fact and, if so, pursue it. How many times has someone been convicted wrongly and the real criminal is long gone? Just saying.
What About Passing New Laws?
The answer to that question depends upon the situation the new law addresses. However, we all too often seek new laws to address crimes that are already addressed by existing law. Sometimes the problem isn’t the law, but the enforcement of that law.
That Would be Hard to do in a Democracy.
Perhaps. But first realize we do not live in a democracy, we live in a representative democracy. That is a whole different animal. The rule of the people (democracy) historically has been a failure. In fact, I would say that whenever someone has started down that road someone took over and you got the rule of one or a single group. True democracy leads to anarchy which usually requires a strong hand to overcome.
The Constitution Set Up A Representative Democracy.
We live in the best country because we have a representative democracy as instituted and defined in the constitution. This year we will be exercising our right to vote. That is a God given right to every citizen in America. It should be guarded (photo ID), protected, and used.
I imagine there may be some out there who don’t agree with my political views, but we live in a country where you are free to disagree and to be wrong. More important, you have the right to express your view in the voting booth. Part of the downward slide of our country has been apathy.
Immorality comes upon our country because we turn away from God’s Word and go our own way. It is also the result of not voting. Just because you are only one vote and it seems everybody is against you that is not a good reason for not voting.
Get out and Vote!
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A Government Mess

FeaturedA Government Mess

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at A Government Mess.
Rethinking Government
I thought I knew our constitutional government. I was always taught there were three branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. Turns out I was taught wrong. At least according to our news media.
What Does the News Media Say?
Well, let’s take a look at the Justice Department. According to the News Media the President is not supposed to exercise authority over the Justice Department. They are supposedly independent from the Administration.
The problem with this is that, aside from the Constitution, historically speaking the President has always had authority. For example, President Kennedy used the Justice Department to go after those who opposed him. And so have other presidents, including Obama. Yet now that Trump is President he supposedly doesn’t have authority over it.
You can take a look at every department of the Administration. Constitutionally they are all under the President, just like any well-run company. But the News Media keeps saying that Trump is endangering the proper status quo, the independence of the Justice Department.
This Would Be Dumb
If this was how our government was set up it would be dumb and unworkable. You literally make the President a figurehead. In other words, he would be unimportant. We would have a governmental mess that makes our government weak at home and abroad.
Let Trump Be President
There are people outside the Administration’s inner core that are trying to bring down the President. They have the ear and cooperation of the News Media.
I don’t for a second believe the resistance movement within the Administration’s command structure actually exists. It is possible, but unlikely. And if there is or are such people they should resign or be fired. Having people that close to the Presidency is dangerous for the President and for the country.
Trump Triumphant
What is so amazing is that with this resistance movement, also known as the Deep State, apparently formed before Trump took office, being so widespread and powerful, Trump has been by every measure a success.  Take a look:

  • Economic Success – I hear Obama claiming his policies resulted in the resurgence. Really? It wasn’t until after the election that company executives were emboldened enough to start new projects and hiring new employees. And these weren’t low tech jobs, but good paying high tech jobs! Technically Obama was President, but the real cause was the election of Donald Trump.
  • Foreign Success – Trump carries a big stick, but he gets what he wants. NATO countries are now providing greater financial support to NATO; Europe is becoming more cooperative; North Korea has backed down and negotiations are probably underway; Mexico has signed a better deal than we formerly had; and Canada has been brought screaming to the table.

Under Trump There is No Mess
The facts suggest that the media and the left (bedfellows) are the ones in a mess. They keep attacking and losing. Yeah, the poles say they’re winning. But actual elections keep going Trump’s way. Please remember these are the same poles giving Hillary the victory. The media consistently creates false narratives and proclaims the end of the Trump Era only to be upended by the truth.
I can hardly wait for the actual election and seeing Trump continue his amazing accomplishments!
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Should Security Clearances be Controlled?

FeaturedShould Security Clearances be Controlled?

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Should Security Clearance be Controlled.
A Shocking Revelation
Lost amidst the controversy of President Trump’s removal of Brennan from receiving security clearance is something that most Americans are surprised to learn. What is it? That former employees of the government are granted the extension of their security clearance.
To put this in perspective, let’s say you were formerly a high official in a large company. Your job involved a security clearance enabling you to access any classified information pertinent to your responsibilities. You retire and when you do the company extends to you that security clearance.
What Company Would Do That?
None that I know of and for very good reasons. Information is classified to keep unauthorized people, like competitors, from seeing and, potentially, using that information. A former employee may someday be employed by a rival because of his or her former job. After all, knowledge is money.
Well, the same thing is true with government officials. They are often hired by companies doing business with the government or reporting on the government. Having an employee with security clearance opens a treasure chest of classified information to unauthorized people and entities.
The only reason Brennan and others need the security clearance is to maintain their employment or consulting fees. It’s all about money.
But Information is Classified for a Reason
That’s right. We live in a world of dishonest people. Not just foreign governments but even our own citizens who want the information for nefarious reasons. The Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) exists to provide classified information to approved people and for approved purposes. But that is not an issue here. Brennan and others are simply accessing this information to provide a platform for their own occupations.
What About First Amendment Rights?
Let’s take a look at that issue.

  • Brennan, and others, retains the same basic rights he had before being stripped of clearance.
  • Brennan can still say whatever he wants to say.
  • Brennan can still use his knowledge and experience gained from his years of service.
  • There is no right to know government secrets except as permitted by the FOIA.

How Should Clearances be Handled?
I believe that the entire process of handling clearances needs to be overhauled. There needs to be a blanket of security that protects the government from foreign interests as well as domestic interests. The FOIA protects the inquirer, but we need an act or something like it to protect the government, while Congress can subpoena information from the government agencies, thus protecting the citizens.
Security Clearances should:

  • always be on a ‘need to know’ basis. Otherwise information is not really classified.
  • be automatically rescinded when a government employee leaves his position.

What about cases where whistleblowers reveal information?
This comes under a Whistleblower law and has little, if anything, to do with this issue.
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Insights: Pauline A New Home

FeaturedInsights: Pauline A New Home

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Tuesday’s I try to focus on Insights. This week I am taking a look at Pauline A New Home.
Pauline A New Home is Book 2 of the Christland speculative fiction series. In this book the renamed ship, now Guardian One, arrives at the planet Ross 128 b. They promptly rename the Red Dwarf Star system “Ro” and they name the 5 planets after the Apostles of Christ. Ross 128 b becomes Pauline, named after Paul.
In this novel the forces that sent them as prisoners into space still oppress the world and continue their search for Christians, but on Pauline the now free Christians land on, explore, and claim the supercontinent Christland as their home. Soon they establish a new country, the United Christian States.
The Key to all this is the ability to travel in space.
In the fictional series man has mastered traveling within the Solar System and already has a community on Mars. And the newest technology is Warp Drive enabling travel through space.
As We Explore Space What Will We Find?
Fiction is often a foretaste of truth yet to be discovered. Just this past weekend the United States launched a rocket headed for our very own sun. It is built of state of the art technology enabling it to withstand extreme heat and not only get close to the sun but stay awhile.
It is called the Parker Solar Probe and it needed three huge rockets to escape Earth’s gravity. The ensuing thrust will take it to Venus in just six weeks! Then on September 28, it will begin a careful maneuver, called gravity assist, which will move it a little closer to the sun, where it will make a total of 24 orbits around the sun. On November 1, 2018 it will experience its first perihelion or close approach to the sun.
The orbit itself will not be oval, but rather petal-shaped, skimming over the sun closely before flying further out into space. At that point it will close its first orbit. During its orbits it will perform its scientific work while it is within a quarter of the distance between Earth and the sun.
The probe will also have the ability to hover, that is match the sun’s rotation speed and stay over a selected spot for a period of time, say ten days. This will provide them an in-depth base of knowledge.
So What Does It Mean?
For one thing it represents an important stride in space technology and ability. This will be a first. We will feel repercussions for years to come. Eventually it will lead, in my opinion, to technology that will enable humans to travel in space and even settle on planets less hospitable than Earth.
Unless God intervenes and stops us humanity will spread to the stars. Since the Rapture can happen at any time it is possible that God will stop our current search (He stopped the Tower of Babel), but it is also possible that He will allow the exploration to continue.
In the meantime, this is an exciting time from a scientific point of view. For the evolutionists it will be exciting yet disappointing (they’ll find no intelligent life), but for the rest of us it will be exciting just as exploring the Old West was exciting. It will represent new challenges plus new opportunities for faith and for enterprise.
Hold onto your hats, folks, the ride may be a bit bumpy!

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Insights Death Ship to the Stars

FeaturedInsights Death Ship to the Stars

Insights: Death Ship to the Stars
Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Tuesday’s I try to focus on Insights. This week I am taking a look at Death Ship to the Stars.
On Monday I discussed the two approaches to Space Defense. This subject easily leads to my novel Death Ship to the Stars. In that novel you are introduced to a Space Force both already existing and getting ready to explore our Solar System and beyond.
It is possible that the Rapture, Tribulation and Christ’s Second Coming will occur before the events of the novel can occur. But if the Lord tarries then such a scenario can take place. And Space will beacon.
Today we have countries like the United States, Russia, and China competing in space. Right now that competition is peaceful. In fact, the ISS is a good example of international cooperation, but human nature being what it is I think this cooperation will be short lived. And the winner of that competition will have a powerful platform that will enable them to control space and maybe Earth.
And that time may be fast approaching. Russia already has a rocket program that enables them to fly their and our payloads to the ISS. Other nations are reported as interested also in establishing a presence there. The future is rushing toward us and we seem unprepared.
In Congress they are exploring the idea of a Space Command that will protect existing assets, but we need a plan that will lead to a United States Space Force that will protect both existing and future assets.
It is an idea whose time has come!
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Space Defense

FeaturedSpace Defense

Today’s Issue: Space Defense
Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Space Defense.
According to this past Saturday’s news the Pentagon and the White House have two different ideas about having a Space Defense. The Pentagon has acknowledged that a need to revamp our country’s approach to defending U.S. economic and security interests in space and, according to the paper, is moving in that direction.
The likely plan favored by the Pentagon calls for creating a U.S. Space Command which would consolidate space warfighting forces and making other organizational changes. The Trump plan is to establish a separate service, perhaps called Space Corps. The Pentagon plan apparently has the support of key Republican leaders in Congress.
As is becoming normal, Trump is far ahead of his fellow Republicans.
The Pentagon plan draws elements from various services and foresees the Space Corps attached to the Air Force as a Space Command. It is a limited, overly cautious view that seems likely to carry the day. Trump’s idea of a new branch, a Space Force, is far more visionary and, ultimately, necessary.
The fact is that we live in a time when space is the new frontier and, barring the Second Coming of our Lord, needs to be dominated by the United States rather than China, Russia, or some other country. The nation that controls space is the nation that will dominate the world as we know it.
But historically our government moves at a snail’s pace. It almost always thinks incremental instead of aggressive. Our government workers tend to be provincial even methodical, unless it affects them personally. Then they react and strive to do something which breeds mistakes.
Being this is an election year, I don’t see our politicians being very brave or farseeing. So, I think that the consolidation will take place but eventually, perhaps next year, they’ll start looking at a more responsible solution.
What would that solution be?
First, take a look at what is happening in space. There are numerous countries who are interested in space. But at the moment there are only a few who can fly into space. On the domestic front right here in America we have a growing number of companies interested in space travel. The two that I think are at the top are Virgin Galactic and SpaceX. In fact, SpaceX is already servicing the International Space Station (ISS).
So, at a minimum, we need a Space Command to protect existing space investments. However, a composite of elements from the Air Force, Navy, and Army is not a long term answer to our needs. A Space Command would be a short sighted response if that is where they stop. Instead it should be the first step to a Space Force.
I believe it should be a full blown service that would be able to explore and defend an ever growing space presence. We must remember that aggressor nations also have an interest in space and will have no hesitancy about mounting their very best forces into space.
In the past we waited until we were attacked and then developed a state of art response in very short order. In the Civil War the north barely beat the Confederacy in the use of ironclad ships (forerunners of our modern warships). War tends to motivate people to invent, research, and develop in a very rapid timeframe to overcome their deficiency and win the war. But we no longer have the luxury of catching up. If an enemy sees us as having a weak space defense and attacks us, we may not have the time to recover.
I think a responsible response would be to:

  • Start with the Space Command as only a stopgap.
  • Then move to create a separate Space Force that would be forward looking and have the power to
  • build a Space Fleet that could protect all our interests whether here on Earth or on Mars or somewhere else in space.

In other words I tend to favor a compromise that begins with the Space Command to give us basic protection now and move forward with a plan to establish a real and separate Space Service or Space Force.
What do you think?
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Trump’s Diplomacy

Trump’s Diplomacy

Today’s Issue: Trump’s Diplomacy
Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Trump’s Diplomacy.
You can hardly watch a newscast or read a newspaper without getting negative coverage of President Trump’s diplomatic endeavors. According to them there is no plan, that he simply shoots from the hip without thought. But let’s take a look at some of his diplomatic efforts during his presidency.

  1. He berated, threatened the EU about the fact they weren’t carrying their fair cost of supporting NATO. He was roundly chastised by the media and by politicians, including members of his own party. Result: EU countries agreed to increase their support with the goal of 2% of their GDP.
  2. He berated, threatened EU this year insisting they not only meet their 2% goal but seek to achieve a more equitable 4%. He was roundly criticized by the media and politicians, including some Republicans, for causing a break with our allies. Result: Some EU members have agreed to raise their goal to 4% of GDP while others are considering it.
  3. He threatened and even instigated first moves toward a trade war because of the uneven playing field American businesses faced. He was roundly rebuked by media and politicians, some from his own party, for starting a trade war that would hurt Americans. Result: The President of EU came to America and essentially caved with a proposed agreement that extends Common Market (ancestor of EU) zero tariffs on everything except autos (and that may come soon).
  4. He met with Putin in Helsinki amidst rancor and bitterness. The unproven charges of interference with the U.S. election was the media’s main focus. They rebuked Trump, along with politicians from both parties, for seeming to accept Putin’s denial. Whether the Russians did or not is irrelevant. They would have done so on behalf of Hillary not Trump. Result: Trump and Putin met and dialed back the teetering relations between the two countries. Possible more meetings in the future.
  5. He met with and played hardball with the Chinese. Alarm spread throughout the media and was expressed by politicians, including Republicans, that he was starting a trade war with China. Result: This is ongoing, but consider that a trade war would hurt China more than the United States.

Donald Trump is a hardnosed negotiator with perhaps a streak of a gambler. He sizes up his opponent, attacks demanding more than he expects to achieve and then gets what he really wants. I’ve never read his book The Art of the Deal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if such a strategy was explained. Of course, sizing up your opponent requires information and the ability to process that information intuitively, an ability President Trump has shown.
His underlying theme during the campaign was “America First” and that still is his theme, to make America Great Again by putting America First! Which liberals don’t really want and they don’t really understand. They especially don’t understand his strategy to achieve his promises. In fact, they don’t understand the idea of a politician actually keeping his promises.
Which brings up a rather funny thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the Letters to the Editor claiming he broke another promise. And every time he either never made the promise he supposedly failed to keep or he tried to keep a promise that was blocked by Congress (think Democrats and a few recalcitrant Republicans). Of course Democrats have embarked on a suicide course because they don’t understand how Clinton lost the election. The truth is they backed a loser. (By the way, latest report is that Trump won both electoral and popular votes.)
I’m convinced that the liberal establishment so hates Trump, perhaps because he doesn’t play by their rules, that they purposely don’t even try to understand him. They don’t understand his populism and like I said are still upset over the election.
But one thing is clear: whether his methods and strategies are understood or not, President Trump’s diplomacy works!
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Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh

Today’s Issue: Need for a Constitutionalist
Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice.
There are a lot of side issues in this nomination with the democrats acting like spoiled babies. Even today I saw an article that indirectly attacked Kavanaugh though it was aimed at the GOP. The author of the article made a big issue about whether the nominee was likable. Claims that the GOP thinks he should receive Senate approval simply because he’s a nice guy. Actually I don’t know of any senator who would ever make that claim.
But the writer missed the most important issue: The View of the Constitution.
When selecting a person to be on the Supreme Court, we all want our favorite politics represented. Democrats generally want a liberal and Republicans generally want a conservative, but that doesn’t tell us of the person’s view of the Constitution.
Unfortunately there are elitists who believe they know better about what is good for Americans. They can be either Democrat or Republican or any other party. These same people view the constitution as a living document. To some extent so do I, but not as they do. They consider it a living document that can be interpreted according to the times we live in.
My view is that the constitution is a living document because it can be amended. When the constitution was first written there was opposition to it because it failed to protect certain perceived rights. Thus, it was amended.
And throughout our nation’s history there have been times when the constitution has been amended through the constitutional mechanism. That is the right and proper way of making the constitution viable for our generation and future generations.
But in matters of law and governance the constitution is the absolute authority.
It is not up to an activist judge, whether liberal or conservative, to twist the constitution to his/her opinion. It was meant that the judges up to and including Supreme Court judges protect and enforce the constitution. This requires a strict adherence to the constitution. No opinion, no outside document, and no circumstance should ever hold sway in contrast to the constitution. It is the absolute authority.
But what about our rights?
When black men and women’s rights needed protection an amendment was passed; when women’s rights were threatened an amendment was passed; and when other rights were threatened specific amendments were passed. These are time consuming avenues that are meant to allow a thorough examination of the issues before a vote. It is meant that the American people not elitists in Washington D.C. determine what is needed.
The Supreme Court needs Constitutionalists.
Judge Kavanaugh has a career resume that demonstrates that he takes a literal view of the constitution. If this causes him to vote conservative most of the time then so be it, although I’d bet that sometimes we conservatives will not like his vote. Why? Because we conservatives don’t always stick to the constitution either.
We don’t need Activist Judges.
By definition an activist judge is not a constitutionalist. Whether liberal (usually) or conservative (sometimes) they tend to bend the constitution and the law to fit their own bias. I think Americans are getting sick and tired of that.
We need men and women who will stick by the constitution and by the law. And if the constitution or the law needs changed, follow the constitutional mechanisms provided! This approach served our country well for its first 100 years and then we started getting cute with our interpretations. And look at the mess we have!
That is the criteria for selecting a jurist for the Supreme Court. Not the person’s likeability, not the person’s sex, and not the Senate’s political bias’s. The Senate is suppose to determine if the nominee fulfills the Constitutional requirements not the current politically correct view. If they’d do that the entire process would not take nearly as long as it probably will take.
Based on what I’ve heard and read, Brett Kavanaugh deserves Senate approval.
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.