Wednesday’s thoughts.

Wednesday, or is that Wed Nest Day? Actually, I believe it was originally Wodin’s day. Now, more often than not, it’s called “Hump”, which never really worked for me.

Last night, I was asked by one of my international students: “What is a precedent and why is it so important in this..?” He had been watching the Kavanaugh hearing circus and heard the word mentioned. One of my online dictionaries defines Precedent as: “an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances.” As I’ve said before, I’m not a lawyer but I do feel that a number of legal precedents were destroyed during the Kavanaugh investigation, the first being Senator Feinstein’s grab for power by withholding an accusation against a Supreme Court Justice nominee from the Judiciary Committee. From what I’ve learned, historical precedence obligated her to share the letter with the Chairman of the Committee at the very least. Her argument was that Dr. Ford wanted it to be kept confidential which could have been done by the rules of the entire committee, but Feinstein decided to set a new precedent and withhold it from them. My theory is that is that had Dr. Ford wanted only Feinstein to read the letter, she should have marked it “For your eyes only” or “Do not share with the committee.”, but she didn’t. It was Feinstein who set the precedent. In essence, she determined, supposedly without the council of other members of the 21 person committee to set a policy for the committee without it being voted on. My opinion is this: I feel the practice of establishing precedent without appropriate legal counsel and enactment, is a very poor way to govern. I realize that this has good and bad sides to it but from what I’m seeing in our Congress, the bad is far outweighing the good.

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