In 2018 in the United States, the law is on thin ice. It seems to me like people don’t really respect it or even believe in it anymore. Just the other day, I found myself joyously singing along to Young Dolph as he chanted “mother fuck the law, fuck the law, fuck the law” while speeding (20 mph over) down 280. Upon realizing that I actually have a great deal of respect for the law, I slowed down and stopped singing; however, this experience opened my eyes to the possibility that I subconsciously write off the system that holds society together. This might be a problem.
The law is important and if done correctly, is a pretty great institution. Rules are in place with the ultimate goal of keeping everyone safe and happy. Sometimes those rules are outdated, or there are very specific situations in which it would be better if a particular rule was not followed. No problem, we can have a civilized debate about it in which bright minds weigh the pros and cons of modifying the law to a panel of unbiased jurors. These jurors can then democratically decide what is right. These rules are then enforced in order to prevent terrible situations from taking place. Sounds good to me.
Unfortunately, this is not always how it goes down. Today, bureaucratic inefficiencies and political polarization obstruct the swift implementation of justice. Certain demographics are systematically silenced by deficient arbiters. People see a growing and potentially irreparable rift forming between the law and morality when ideally the opposite should be true. What’s to be done?
I don’t profess to know the solution to society’s growing dissatisfaction with the law. However, I can identify one idea that is probably not the solution: appointing to the highest position of law in the land a man who most of the country thinks is nefarious villain. We can put aside the mounting evidence that points in the direction of his guilt and assume that Fox News is correct; that an FBI investigation on Kavanaugh is a mere stall tactic to prevent the implementation of Republican policies. If Kavanaugh is appointed to the Supreme Court, countless people may see it as an excuse to litter or “hive” (to drive while high). The position of Supreme Court Justice should be reserved for those who epitomize adherence to the institution they are representing. I personally would have been disqualified from this race many years ago solely due to my tendency to roll through stop signs (which I’m trying my best to overcome).
In conclusion, my earlier argument appointing Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would decrease respect for the law is probably not a legitimate argument (even though it a probable outcome with real-life consequences). However, the argument that the Supreme Court Justice position should be reserved for those with undying affinities for following the law, which doesn’t include 99.9% of people, still stands.