A Screw-Up’s Nuts & Bolts M.O.

This a.m., I gave a listen to the live coverage of Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing.

From the right side of the aisle, many of her Republican Senator cohorts took to shamelessly, inordinately heaping on their praise; some even going so far as to answer the very questions, which they had prepared for her. It’s as if they had deemed her so incompetent that, sans their help, she’d be at a loss for words? I kept on yelling at my radio,

“Damn it, Mr. Republican, you’re not the one applying for the freakin’ job! She is! Why don’t you just let this book-smart woman speak for herself? America and the rest of the world would rather hear her out!”

Re the left side of the aisle, I can only hope that the Democratic Senators’ oft insightful, people oriented guidance will, someday, help correct her lifeless, blah, corporate myopia; help her more clearly see our Founding Fathers’ vision for America.

To cite one example, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), had expressed his concerns re Barrett’s talks with Donald J. Trump. He then asked, pointedly, if her nomination had been contingent upon her taking orders from the Oval Office.

In other words / my own words…

If confirmed, would Barrett help Dictator Donny subvert the highest court of the land? Flagrantly aid and abet his, reprehensible voter suppression plot? Allow him to stay in power until he’s 100+ years old? Willfully collude to help him burn up the U.S. Constitution and burn down America?

While Barrett did insist that there had been no such discussion, what if Trump had asked her a more… wink – wink… general question; oh, say, “Will you ALWAYS rule in my favor, NO MATTER WHAT?” After all, that would be the ONE and ONLY qualification that’d ever be of interest to him.

Obviously, such a Q would only require her “Yes!”; and with nary a mention of voter suppression, to boot! Furthermore, would that 3-letter, monosyllabic, 1-word reply even qualify as a discussion?

Let’s discuss this more abstractly, too. What about Barrett’s outside the courtroom conduct?

My thoughts now flashback to Barrett’s 09/26/2020 public White House appearance; known to our pandemic experts as a COVID-19 superspreader event; known to off-the-record White House staffers as The Rose Garden Massacre; a.k.a. the suspected ground zero site, where Trump, himself, had gotten infected.

Think of it! Against the backdrop of the worst global pandemic to plague humankind since 1918, Barrett showed up at her White House coming out party sans mask. Granted, she had already been infected with and recovered from COVID-19. Even so, one would think that this debutante would’ve walked away from her sickbed with a newfound concern / respect for the rest of humanity?

Even if grand scale thinking is above her pay grade, could she not localize it? What of her husband and kids? Their extended family? Circle of friends? Coworker networks?

And, to put another legal spin on this, how could a law and order judge, no less, ever be a party to reckless / public endangerment? Depending on the harm done, that crime is either a misdemeanor or felony.

Barrett’s Rose Garden appearance, in itself, attests to her disregard for time-honored science; which, regardless of which courtroom she’ll call “home”, it’ll not bode well re her rulings related to Obamacare, women’s rights, climate change and the pandemic, etc. BTW, when Senator Leahy had asked her how many people, stateside, have tested COVID positive, she couldn’t even ballpark it.

From what I’ve witnessed, so far, I’m deeply concerned about this SCOTUS judge wannabe’s cavalier attitude. But why would that even be surprising to any of us? Just take a gander at who nominated her!

While there’s little doubt that Amy Coney Barrett knows the nuts and bolts of the law, it’ll be her interpretations that’ll screw everything up.

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The U.S. Extreme Court is Coming!

 

Preface: Regrettably, women maintaining full, legal control over their own bodies, rarely, if ever, is assured. While, in a perfect world, they’d rarely, if ever, need to seek abortions, such perfection rarely, if ever, is attainable.

Ever since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s demise, misogynistic senators have been in hog heaven, while waddling about DC’s metaphorical barnyard and wallowing in its standard issue mud puddle. They’ve been gleefully oinking, snorting and squealing about getting another crack at loading up the U.S. Supreme Court bench with, yet, another intolerant, injudicious ideologue.

Hell, these porkers have already summarily approved Donald J. Trump’s nominee; even though they know not who “The Chosen One’s” chosen one will be. All we really know is that the fake prez will be handpicking a woman, who is only a woman at the XX chromosome level. Functioning only at an atypically inconsiderate level, she will strike down Roe v. Wade; thereby, eventually, rendering all abortion (maybe even contraception) illegal.

Of course, such a political approach rarely, if ever addresses the root cause of abortion’s demand; namely, poverty. The  rarely, if ever answered question:

Why should rock-a-bye baby raising be a bough breaking, break the bank prospect?

Such a discussion could go on and on, but for the sake of brevity, let’s now cut to the chase.

Each and every feminist, now dwelling within Donny’s Dystopian America, must prepare herself for life overruled by a radical Supreme Court; an Extreme Court. In response, she must militantly nail her manifesto to her boudoir door to proclaim:

“So long as congressmen and judicial hacks insist on controlling women’s bodies, I will be controlling men’s bodies. If the only way for me to prevent problem pregnancies is to avoid sexual congress, then so be it!”

Perhaps, at that juncture, knuckle dragging senators’ feminist-idled gonads would cause them to go mad, leaving them little choice but to surrender to womankind’s demands for gender equality and the right to choose?

Granted, such a scenario is neither practicable nor sustainable. At best, this only illustrates the extreme measures it would take to trump Trump’s mucked up, U.S. Extreme Court; if that’d even be possible.

 

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If we build it, fair play will come?

 

The intent of America’s Founding Fathers had been to establish a Supreme Court staffed by non-partisan, scrupulous judges, whose main function was (still should be) to deem laws either fair or foul. Sounds straightforward enough, huh?

To employ a baseball metaphor, that’d make each judge akin to an umpire who declares base hits / line drives EITHER fair and in play OR foul and out of bounds.

Expanding on that trope, just as umpires are not supposed to be rewriting Major League Baseball’s rule book, judges are not supposed to be rewriting laws / the U.S. Constitution.

Granted, there are times when judges must strike down foul laws. And in that sense, this is legislating from the bench. Obviously, that’s not all bad. At that juncture, it merely becomes incumbent upon the actual legislators to mitigate that judicial power; i.e., by enacting unprejudiced legislation that’ll pass subsequent Supreme sniff tests.

Let’s look at this from the fair-minded baseball fans’ perspective, too. Just as we’d never want to witness an umpire wearing a hometown baseball cap / waving a home team pennant behind home plate (or anywhere else on the damned diamond), we sure as hell would never want to see a SCOTUS judge donning a dumb-ass MAGA hat or waving a freakin’ Trump flag.

Factoring in the odious Trumpian republic, for which that flag stands, We the decent People would never want any of HIS damned judges donning brownshirted or white robed / hooded uniforms, either.

Truth be told, tyrant Trump no longer even attempts to hide his raw, rabid racism and every other nasty “ism” known to humankind. As such, not unlike his (figurative) Fascist diaper, he’s been loading up HIS Supreme Court (lower Federal courts, too), with judges who wind up forever beholden to him.

Seeing how Trump already owns HIS supreme cronies, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, they’ll be doing their damnedest to pleasure him / permit him to muck up free elections with impunity. Talk about a corrupt quid pro quo, huh? So much for non-partisans, huh?

Let’s shift gears a bit. America has a wealth of racial, ethnic, gender and religious / secular diversity. Should not our Supreme Court Bench actually reflect everything positive associated with each of those qualities?

More to the point, seeing how, as of 2018, 35% of Americans describe themselves as conservative, 35% as moderate and 26% as liberal, what part of Trump stacking HIS court with a conservative 6 to 3 majority involves justice for all?

Considering that formidable 61% moderate / liberal bloc, it’s, indeed, astounding how the 35% conservative minority still dominates and debases the political playing field.

As such, it would prove difficult to usher in the much needed and long overdue Supreme Court image makeover; one which could, someday, see those 9 judges mirroring America’s robust, full-bodied diversity.

Hell, factoring in Trump’s looming Fascist overthrow, even hopes for a 3 liberal – 3 moderate – 3 conservative split would be asking for too much.

Would it shock anyone were he to fire these Supreme Court judges after the November elections?

Or, at the very least, demote them to Court Jesters?

 

 

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R.I.P. R.B.G.

It is with profound sorrow that all true believers in liberty, truth and justice for all, now pause to pay our respects to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away, yesterday, at the age of 87.

We are forever indebted to her tireless, courageous fight against discrimination in all its ugly forms; the prejudice, bias, bigotry, intolerance, narrow-mindedness, unfairness, inequity, favoritism, one-sidedness, partisanship; sexism, chauvinism, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, ageism, classism and casteism, which habitually target society’s most vulnerable members; be they American citizens or asylum seekers.

We will never forget her ability to unerringly interpret and uphold our Heavenly Father’s and Founding Fathers’ laws; especially on behalf of commoners, such as you and I.

Regrettable but true, We the extraordinary ordinary People have become witness to the amoral mortals, who, with ever increasing frequency and ferocity, in their evil words and wretched deeds, have been thoughtlessly, shamelessly and relentlessly unraveling and undermining what should be inalienable, fundamental human rights.

I could, will, and must say more in the days ahead, for as presidential candidate, Joe Biden, when speaking of our current troubled times, has so oft reminded…

“We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”

Our heartfelt condolences to R.B.G.’s family and friends.

 

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