Elections Have Consequences: Statement on Senator Graham’s Supreme Court Vote

Written By: Josh Kimbrell.

History has borne witness to the consequences of failed courage. Neville Chamberlain lost his courage in face of naked aggression, thus inviting Hitler’s bombardments on British soil. Richard Nixon, gripped by jealousy and fear, forfeited his presidency in the name of electoral assurance. Today, Senator Lindsey Graham became the sole Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court of the United States. In so doing, he joined the company of failed leaders whose political pragmatism trumped personal conviction. Just as Neville Chamberlain’s appeasing, and Richard Nixon’s paranoia, brought long-term consequences, so Graham’s vote for Elena Kagan will affect a generation of jurisprudence. While citing that “elections have consequences,” Graham voted to subvert the entire process of elections by appointing a judicial activist to the highest court in the land.

A cursory glance at Elena Kagan’s legal career reveals her serious sense of hostility for American Values, and most Americans. From crafting President Bill Clinton’s defeat of a partial birth abortion ban in 1997, to her support of Harvard University’s ban on military recruiters, Elena Kagan has proven to the American People whose side she’s on, and it’s not theirs. Though she has no experience as a judge, the positions she’s taken in a long legal career illustrate her inclination to use the courts to carry out ideological ends. As it’s the constitutional role of the court to interpret, not make, law, it’s more than a tad ironic that Senator Graham cites the Constitution as his reason for approving Solicitor Kagan. The inconsistency of such reasoning is analogous to Vice President Biden’s assertion that America had to “keep spending to keep from going bankrupt.”

In the book of James, the question is rhetorically asked “can both fresh and salt water flow from the same spring?” Don’t tell James, but Senator Graham’s sure hoping so. His argument that he’s simply following the Constitution springs from the “advice and consent” responsibility of the Senate. Article II, Section II, Clause II of the U.S. Constitution charges the Senate with the role of “advice and consent” to the President on Supreme Court nominees. In this capacity, the Senate must approve the President’s nominee before he or she may be seated on the Court. The intent was to have the Senate check the power of the president, thus ensuring that any Supreme Court justice would be capable, indeed committed, to upholding the Constitution.

Elena Kagan’s willingness to undermine the natural and unalienable rights of American Citizens qualifies her as a threat to the Constitution. If Senator Graham were really worried about upholding the Constitution, instead of preserving his darling status on “Meet the Press,” he’d oppose this nominee post-haste. Unfortunately for the American People, Senator Graham has chosen to say one thing and do another. Too bad he claimed to support the Constitution before undermining it, as opposed to claiming not to support it while upholding it.

My prayer is that the people of South Carolina will show Senator Graham the meaning of “elections have consequences” in 2014.

Joshua B. Kimbrell
President & Chairman
CEO Round Table of South Carolina

Josh Kimbrell is President & Chairman of CEO Round Table of South Carolina. CEO stands for “Christians Empowered & Organized.” Part of the mission of CEO Round Table is “to promote a way of life that embraces faith, family, and freedom.”