After President Donald Trump dragged out announcing his nominee to replace outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, "relishing the suspense," the president finally revealed D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his selection on Monday night, and progressive groups vowed to maintain pressure on Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans to fight the appointment.
Yes, Trump is the face of unadulterated fascism…
What will “democrats” do to stop this nomination — the elected nothing, the masses, not enough? There are not enough in this failing nation-state that give a shit to do something to start a reversal and possibly save the Republic.
We need to quit whining, inventing pipe dreams, and start planning, if possible, our exits (assuming you can and want to).
I think the chances of stopping this nomination are slim at best. By further dividing the country the chances increase of the US not being able to hold together. The only the way this country can work is for politicians to try to reconcile the differences between people. This obvious attempt of the right to take over the country and suppress the other side can only result in a division that will end in disaster. The court cannot be seen as a tool of the Republican Party. If people no longer trust the Supreme Court the country cannot continue as a democracy. People obsessed with greed, an ideology, and racial hatred may bring an end to the American experiment. I think the advent of cable news and the internet may have been the final pieces that were needed to result in the the US becoming so dysfunctional that our democratic institutions finally failed.
He is 53. While here in Canada a Supreme Court Judge must resign at age 75 , there no such limit in the USA. In other words you could have this guy on the Supreme Court for the next 35 plus years. If these Jusges are appointed in their 40s , they could sit as hustices for 50 years. There something very wrong with that.
What’s wrong? A minority of Republican voting citizens (46%) has chosen two reactionary right wing SCOTUS judges in less than 18 months. While a Democratic President receiving a clear majority (54%) of the voting picked two moderate centrist SCOTUS judges in 96 months. And, has his legal authority to pick a third, wiped away by a racist subset of Southern ( Old Confederate ) Republican Senators. Who are more than likely working on behest of unknown or secretive groups and societies, not unlike their older incarnations of the 1950s, White Citizens Councils, The John Birch Society and The Klu Klux Klan. That’s what’s fucking wrong here.
The cure? Well, if there was ever a time to get serious about tipping over a thoroughly rotten and corrupt (possibly illegal adm. put into office by the aforementioned groups and societies) political system of national governance, this might be one of those " overripe " instances of such. If it isn’t, it just might have to suffice like fire or ice, until the ideal temperature arrives.
At times like this it is always a good idea to use your head. So, to paraphrase some, " this ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around…"
And whatever could possibly happen, just remember not to stand by any windows, unless you’re very, very comfortable catching a breeze from the cool night air.
That’s my American take anyway. Would any of this fly with the citizenry of our Northern American neighbors? How about our real Southern neighbors? Just wonderin’.
An old Broadway meditation on the current reaction in CD to the supreme court nomination:
t seems we stood and talked like this before
We looked at each other in the same way then
But I can’t remember where or when
The clothes you’re wearing are the clothes you wore
The smile you are smiling you were smiling then
But I can’t remember where or when
Some things that happen for the first time
Seem to be happening again
And so it seems that we have met before
And laughed before and loved before
But who knows where or when?
Lorenz Hart and
Just like witnessing the white smoke above the Vatican after the choice of a new pope, last night saw the annointing of the next all powerful, pro-corporate SCOTUS justice. And while there was no white smoke escaping the chimney of the Capitol building, the signs of democratic approval where obvious as Joe Donnolly was seen giving a reach around to joe Manchin, all the while Heidi Heitkamp served herself with a large black marital aid.
Mark my words, this guy is a lock.
Other than Gorsich, this is by far the most cynical and calculating SCOTUS appointment ever. What we witnessed last night was an utterly corrupt rich man choose his own judge prior to his trial.
This pick, along with the pick of the brown shirted Gorsich, shall be looked back upon as the final shot fired in the great USA class war.
The rich have of course, won.
And while this circus of confirmation hearings begins, Trump and his allies in Congress will quietly pass more bills to line the pockets of their donors while destroying whatever is left of our country. Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed, and then they’ll have guaranteed judicial approval of whatever sick laws they passed while the media’s attention was directed elsewhere.
One thing I have to say for Trump, he’s a MASTER at misdirection.
Exits??? Where? Nobody wants us. Expats do have a growing community in parts of Mexico (what irony, huh?)
Many developed nation’s have strict immigrant laws. Maybe ok if your white-collar doctor, lawyer and fluent in foreign language with relatives of the same country. How many of us fit that criteria???
The DNC has little or no power. That’s one of the cogs in the wheel that helped to contribute to this nightmare–by being powerless. RNC has BIG bucks to convert people, start powerful organizing. And conservative voters who call themselves, Dems have kept Dem party status quo, useless.
We all here have to ask ourselves…how much of an activist have anyone of us been in the past 8 years?? This is also and mostly why we are here AND our lousy!! MSM.
You are such a fucking troll.
Normal morning, anyway.
As usual, the vast majority of bloggers here just bitch and kevetch. No mention of taking any activism. There’s no point in not doing anything but spineless complaining. Apathy=surrender.
People who keep talking about the Dems should be doing this or that–what in God’s name have YOU done besides complain here to do ANYTHING to change this nightmare!!!
Easiest, laziest thing to do is, log in and complain. And blame everyone else around you, not yourself.
You got that right.
Dems need to win elections. That means voting for people like Hillary even if she is not an ideal liberal. The supreme court, the ACA, taxes, they are all the high costs of electing Trump.
It is also high time for Americans to democratize their undemocratic system of government. The senate wildly over-represents citizens who happen to live in states like South Dakota and wildly under-represents citizens in states like New York. In what way is it democratic to give Californians two senators and Rhode Islanders the same 2? California has 40 million citizens, Rhode Island has 1. Add to the senate the electoral college, which further favors citizens in underpopulated states.
The US has an antiquated constitutional republic that was never designed to give the people too much power. If Americans can stop paying homage to the imagined excellence of their government, which no country on earth has copied in history, they might decide to host a new constitutional convention to update their government and constitution, something the framers encouraged future Americans to do every generation.
Americans should worry less about a supreme court’s interpretation of their constitution and think harder about rewriting it to be more democratic and less susceptible to extreme right or left wing exploitation.
MMinLaMesa is right, we should pay attention to history. In that spirit I’m re-reading the history of Shay’s Rebellion. Its context in today’s distorted and off-kilter relationships of legitimate political control, mainly concerning the lawful power of a racist and wealthy minority to usurp the autonomy, civil and human rights of the majority. And, the role a corrupt judiciary plays in the propping up of a guilded palace built on a foundation of gravel, mud, watery sand and clay.
Worth another brief look for me, anyway, as Mr. Shay was regarded as quite a patriot by some.