McWilliams: SCOTUS nominee doesn’t share younger generation’s values

Leta McWilliams

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President Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination for Supreme Court Justice on July 9. The public seems to be heavily focused on the possible change in the Roe v Wade case regarding abortion, but there are many other issues that would affect young Americans if Kavanaugh joins the Supreme Court.

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Students should be paying close attention to Kavanaugh’s nomination. His stances on health care, climate protection and the president’s control of agencies could heavily impact our futures.

According to Planned Parenthood, 99 percent of all sexually experienced women have used a form of birth control. In both millennial men and women, 71 percent believe birth control is a moral right. However, Kavanaugh believes that employer health care coverage has the right to refuse paying for birth control. This could cause many women to not have access to birth control simply because they can’t afford it even with health insurance, especially students who are already putting their money towards their education.

Brett Kavanaugh, like many others in the Trump administration, is against the Affordable Care Act. If Kavanaugh were to be elected into the Supreme Court, he could be the catalyst in repealing Obamacare. Before Obamacare, young Americans were the largest group of uninsured citizens. By repealing the Affordable Care Act, many students would once again be without proper health insurance.

Unlike President Trump, Kavanaugh believes in climate change. However, he seems to take a more anti-agency stance by voicing his disdain for the EPA and Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

This stance goes against the views of America’s millennial generation.

According to Scientific American, 81 percent of millennials believe in climate change with the majority believing it’s primarily caused by human activity. In order to halt climate change, we need agencies like the EPA and clear plans to stop our toxic emissions, and Kavanaugh has the potential to hinder these progressions.

The most horrifying opinion Kavanaugh has is in regards to holding our presidents accountable. As many of us know, President Trump is under investigation in regards to Russian interference in the 2016 election. Kavanaugh believes that U.S. presidents should be protected from lawsuits and criminal investigations, and essentially shouldn’t be accountable for their actions.

In the 2009 Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh stated “Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation — including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators — are time-consuming and distracting. Like civil suits, criminal investigations take the President’s focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people. So a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President.”

This way of thinking could cause future leaders to not be held accountable, which could lead to endless amounts of problems for younger Americans.

Kavanaugh does not share the desires and values of with the general body of younger Americans. He has the potential to set our country steps backwards and take away rights that many of us cherish. As we get closer to the 2018 elections, remember to pay attention to candidates and research how their political views may affect us. Brett Kavanaugh is one of many that do not share the younger generation’s interests.

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Leta McWilliams can be reached at letters@collegian and online at @LetaMcWilliams