Who Colludes to Bring Kavanaugh?
Now that Collins (R, Maine) and Manchin (D, W. Virginia) have weighed in, it seems like the 51/49 vote that took place earlier today, may well be a predictor of what will happen at tomorrow’s vote. If so, it will signal as darkly about the current state of our democracy as it does about the future of the Supreme Court.
Despite the fact that Deep State forces within the FBI have recently been putting pressure on the President, collusion between the FBI and the Oval Office should not surprise us when their interests align. Both function as corporatists with an interest in increasing the powers of the Executive Branch. I believe both support the use of torture. So we should not be surprised that the FBI inquiry into Dr. Ford’s and Mrs. Ramirez’ accusations would function as more of a cover-up than an investigation.
So what will the Senate do tomorrow? We have long known that Congress is more beholden to the interests of their corporate sponsors than they are to the will of the public. But the Republican gamble that this vote’s implicit betrayal of women, (and particularly the tragically estimated 75% of women who have been subjected to sexual violence,) will not damage their re-electability is a clear sign of the broken state of our electoral democracy.
To some extent, regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s vote, the Congressional Collusion has already happened. Because the FBI’s 4-day investigation involving 10 interviews could only have been recognized as a cover-up by the Republican Senators who signed off on it, their doing so constitutes their collusion in the act as well. When elected officials can boldly betray those that would elect them and know that they will not have to face the consequences at the ballot box, we know that US elections have become theater.
As I brace myself for tomorrow’s vote, I have to ask: How did we let this happen?
I experience one of the ways I daily let this happen when I notice myself adhering to conventional narratives with which I disagree in order to maintain my membership in the social mainstream. The fact is that I hold a lot of beliefs (for instance, about the US government, the economy, the media, the environment, our history, and other topics) that do not fit within the assumptions of mainstream society. But even when I am talking to those who may hold similar counter narratives, I am hesitant to mention them. Our resultant dialogue then takes place within a space circumscribed by mainstream assumptions - the subtle action of the intellectual hegemony to which all who identify with the mainstream culture thereby submit.
If we consider that conversations circumscribed by mainstream assumptions can not lead to the course correction we currently need, we can recognize our collective inability to converse outside of this circle as a threat to our survival. I would argue that it is also a matter of spiritual awakening.
So as I brace myself for tomorrow’s congressional vote, I am reminded of the need to be courageous in risking one’s credibility to form sub-communities which speak from the perspective of the narratives we truly believe.
Thanks for all you do,