Why I rallied for Brett Kavanaugh whose confirmation hearings begin this week

CWA bus tour
CWA bus tour in Birmingham, Ala. Thurs., Aug. 23, 2018 [Photo Credit: ALToday.com]

About two weeks ago, I took my toddler son and joined nearly 100 people in the Alabama summer heat to rally for Sen. Doug Jones‘ support for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Concerned Women of America (CWA) brought their national bus tour to Birmingham, actually Hoover Tactical, on a Thursday afternoon. A number of speakers, both local and national, spoke about how important the Supreme Court nomination is and what it means for our country and future.

This was among the highest attended grassroots event that I have seen in years. I believe that speaks to the importance of Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Why was I there? Well I’d venture to guess I was there for the same reason so many others were. I wanted to send the message to Jones that Kavanaugh has broad support throughout the state.

He’s been getting a lot of pressure in the last several weeks from both the left and the right: from Obama’s  Organizing for America to the NRA and many others.

We have seen courts all over the country, especially in recent years, erode our Constitutional rights and try to legislate from the bench. This scares me. It was never the intention of our founding fathers that the court be used in this way and yet courts across our nation have lost sight of their purpose. With an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court bench, it’s important we have the right person fill the seat and I believe, as many others do too, that Kavanaugh is the right choice.

His record shows he’s going to look at each issue on its own merits, and decide what best follows the Constitutional rule of law, rather than following his own personal beliefs. Several members of our delegation have weighed in on the choice, along with other Alabama political leaders. For full comments from Alabama leaders you can visit the White House site here and here.

Sen. Richard Shelby (AL): “.@POTUS’s #SCOTUSPick is an excellent choice. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has impressive credentials, and I look forward to meeting with him to further consider his qualifications & commitment to upholding our Constitution as it is written.”

Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL): “I believe President Trump has made an excellent choice in nominating Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land.”

Rep. Mo Brooks (AL): “President Trump made an excellent choice when he nominated Neil Gorsuch, and he has repeated his standard of excellence by nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”

Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL): “As a fair legal mind, defender of the Constitution, and a judge on the D.C. Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh is prepared for a seat on the Supreme Court. I support President Trump’s nominee, and I hope the Senate will move expeditiously to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, a high quality and uniquely qualified nominee.”

Rep. Martha Roby (AL): “This is truly a historic moment in our nation. I applaud POTUS’ decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh is a conservative, experienced jurist who I believe will be a strict constitutionalist on the bench.”

Gov. Kay Ivey (AL): “I applaud President Trump for his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially.”

It’s no secret that so many people around the country supported President Donald Trump‘s candidacy in the general election over Hillary Clinton knowing that he would have Supreme Court nominations. Knowing that these nominations reach far beyond four, or eight, years of his presidency — many who would have otherwise potentially sat out of the election chose to vote for him for just this moment.

I encourage everyone to take a moment to write, or call, Sen. Jones and to tell him he needs to use his voice, which is not his own, but rather the voice of Alabama voters and the Alabama conscious to support and confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

You can watch tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee hearing on CSPAN here.