President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Associate Justice seat vacated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Part of the so-called “checks and balances” integrated by the founding fathers into our Constitution, the President’s nominee is now controlled by Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, requiring the “advice and consent” of the United States Senate. And so the games begin. The Senate’s behavior over the next month will epitomize partisanship. In fact, the extremism of partisanship in the Senate will be so vicious and base that it will be damaging to our nation. Senators care not. They know what they do. They know that their behavior will be caustic to cohesiveness in this country. Clearly, they don’t care. Partisanship is more important to them than our nation. Whether observing Republicans or Democrats, one thing will be glaringly absent from next month’s proceedings: open minds. Perhaps nobody has a completely open mind. We are all experts at closing our minds by deftly leaping across intellectual chasms that interfere with our beliefs. Every human being learns to blithely shut his or her eyes to reality when reality does not comport with what they want to believe. Call it base human nature. But is it not at least our better nature to look beyond baseness and embrace rationality and morality? Yes, that can be a difficult struggle when our base human nature wrestles against our better nature. But the long history of mankind is one of hope that rationality and morals, not our base nature, can win that battle. It is entirely sad and regressive, therefore, that we will not see rationality or morals win out against base human nature in the US Senate. No. Their base human nature will be unleashed, and the dogs of partisanship will further tear our country part. And so it is that the US Senate has become our iconic symbol of closed minds in America. As the games unfold I will not cheerlead for one side or the other. I will not gleefully watch the combat as if I were a spectator in the Roman Colosseum circa 80 AD. No indeed. I will watch with melancholy, knowing the truth of what the Senate is doing to our country, and worse, knowing that they know what they are doing to our country.