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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kavanaugh lacks temperament for Supreme Court

A lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should only be granted to a person whose character and conduct have been subjected to the closest scrutiny, and who has demonstrated impeccable behavior and moral integrity over their entire lifetime. Moreover, a nominee to the Supreme Court must have a proven and unshakeable commitment to impartiality and emotional restraint in the exercise of judicial duties and discretion. Passion and prejudice have no place on the Supreme Court bench.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has shown himself to be lacking the judicial temperament necessary to fill the vacant seat on our highest court. The United States Senate should not consent to his appointment to that court.

Every good judge knows that when his or her behavior, character or impartiality are called into question, that is precisely the time for searching self-examination and deliberate restraint. Judge Kavanaugh's behavior at last Thursday's hearing showed that he lacks that essential personal discipline.

Judge Kavanaugh's angry, political and paranoid reaction to the questioning of the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed him to be an embittered ideologue, enraged by any perceived impediment or objection to his elevation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh's tirade against the "left-wing" seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons” revealed that he is incapable of dispassionately laying aside partisan bias in the service of "Equal Justice Under Law" -- the motto emblazoned on the Supreme Court Building.

Judge Kavanaugh is not the best America can bring forward to wield the awesome power of a Supreme Court justice for life. If his nomination is not withdrawn, he should not be confirmed.

Randall R. Burg

Bemidji

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