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We really do have a serious problem in our nation today! We're witnessing a United States president conducting vulgar behavior for all the world to see!

We're well aware that he also seeks to break down the legitimacy of our public institutions! He's already discredited the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. And now, with the Kavanaugh nomination, he's finding away to discredit the U.S. Supreme Court.

With Judge Kavanaugh's appointment to the highest court in the land, there no longer will be a place where justices dispassionately rule on the Constitution because it'll become a place where they cast their votes along party lines. And, it won't any longer be what the "Fathers of our Nation" intended it to be.

Thomas Jefferson questioned what the role of the U.S. Supreme Court should be. He firmly believed “in the sovereignty of the people.” He even said that “the people are always right even when they are wrong!” Jefferson believed strongly that “issues of importance must be decided by The People and not by a court composed of a tiny handful of men and women who clearly have good days and bad days, prejudices and biases, politics, and hidden sympathies. To put so much power into the hands of so few is inherently un-Republican and un-Jeffersonian.”

From the time this nation was founded, bigotry has been there. The war between the North and the South was proof of it. And now, we have a president who is openly encouraging bigotry and it's becoming apparent that his base is largely composed of people who are bigots!

How dare a president mock a woman who was brave enough to come forward to tell her story of sexual abuse when far too many of us can relate to how traumatic an unfavorable sexual assault can be.

What is equally disturbing is the behavior of Senate Republicans! Time and again, they’ve clucked disapprovingly about Trump’s vulgarity while eagerly carrying out his agenda.

There's a sense that overlooking Trump's transgressions is their way of also being able to continue having control over a woman's body.

It's been stated that Donald Trump only has the reasoning of a fifth-grader. But don't kid yourself, he probably knew what he was doing this week when he mocked Christine Blasey Ford!

Joyce Hackett Smith-Moore

Auburn

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