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America is at war with its sense of self

The Supreme Court is serving as a stage for its highest ideals and deepest terrors

By Diane Roberts  

Photo: Sipa USA/SIPA USA/PA Images

The rage is palpable. For the American right, Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the United States Supreme Court is, among other things, overdue vengeance for one of their heroes, Robert Bork, the ultraconservative who failed to win a seat in 1987, and a cementing of “America First” nationalism, installing a Trumpist who’ll wield power long after Trump himself is gone. They hope the court that legalised same sex marriage and protected women’s right to choose will now be empowered to restrict gay rights and overturn…

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