At One Time
For those who have followed the Brett Kavanaugh hearings and nomination for Supreme Court Justice, you know how divisive it was during the hearings, and even after his confirmation. The hatred, bitterness, poison is beyond belief (sadly, it is the current political environment.) In the midst of all this, something just came out that gives some hope for our nation. Some hope that common sense still reigns.
Recently Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor, who leans to the Left in politics, was asked how she will be able to get along with Kavanaugh as a Justice. Her response is powerful and enlightening. It reminded me how we were as a nation at one time.
“When you’re charged with working together for most of the remainder of your life, you have to create a relationship,” Sotomayor said. “The nine of us are now a family and we’re a family with each of us our own burdens and our own obligations to others, but this is our work family, and it’s just as important as our personal family.”
She also said that she would not judge him by what he was accused of. “It was Justice [Clarence] Thomas who tells me that when he first came to the Court, another justice approached him and said, ‘I judge you by what you do here. Welcome.’ And I repeated that story to Justice Kavanaugh when I first greeted him here,”
This is an example of what we use to have in America and in politics-civility, respect, honor, common sense.
We had an agree to disagree mindset.
We had an, “I may disagree with you, but I will respect you as a person.”
We had the common sense to know that a person who I disagree with on a topic, may be the same person I agree with on another topic.
We had the common sense to know that if I am going to have to be around you all the time I might find what we have in common instead of just focusing on what we disagree on.
Most of this changed in 2016.
In the past friends on both sides of the political spectrum had passion for their cause but relationships mattered. Yes Truth mattered. Facts mattered. But civility mattered. Yes we could debate and argue but it was never taken so serious to breed hate.
That has changed. I have seen it from people I know personally. It is sad and sickening.
Every single person should read this article-https://ijr.com/justice-sotomayor-welcomes-kavanaugh-scotus-part-of-family/
Just maybe there still is common sense in the Supreme Court if not in America.
In my next article I will challenge us all to look at the example of Jesus-how did He relate to those who were different than him? I think at one time we were more like Him.