In life Scalia was a decisive figure who frequently dismissed the rights of so many in order to protect privilege; in death we have an opportunity to review the significance of how he viewed privilege over rights and the effect it has played on how it could lead to complete chaos, if you believe that complete chaos does not already exist within our judicial system. But, the fundamental issue is what have we learned from the life and death of Antonin Scalia and how to prevent the appointment of another radical conservative like him. And, as the president tries to move our country forward, there is one man who will stand in the way in order to perpetuate privilege over rights, which has suddenly become the centerpiece of what this election is all about and if the rule of law is in fact equitable and if it applies to the privileged class and their facilitators.
Senator Sanders often discusses our bulging corporate prison system that is filled with inmates whose only crime was possessing a small amount of marijuana, which in and of itself is an injustice, but he also eludes to the disproportionate aspects of our judicial system that give the millionaires and billionaires whose actions crippled our economy a free pass, which in and of itself is an injustice. The conversation needs to be extended to Mitch McConnell. McConnell first proved his cold-blooded nature by waiting an hour to freely admit he was unwilling to abide by his oath of office and deliberately interfere with the will of the people by blocking the constitutional duties and authority of the President of the United States. It is one thing to scrutinize a nominee and delay the nomination for good cause, it is quite another to admit to a plan that [deliberately] obstructs our judicial system. Mitch McConnell is a former judge and a long time senator who knows he is violating his oath of office and, if he [openly] brings other senators on board he is in effect conspiring against the American people. This is how arrogant our democracy has become when a senator can openly violate the laws that uphold the equitable boundaries of our democracy, and we do nothing to insure its integrity.
5 U.S.C. 7311 which explicitly makes it a federal criminal offense (and a violation of oath of office) for anyone employed in the United States Government (including members of Congress) to “advocate the overthrow of our constitutional form of government”. The fourth federal law, 18 U.S.C. 1918 provides penalties for violation of oath office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 which include: (1) removal from office and; (2) confinement or a fine.
Mitch McConnell should be arrested and or confined for his actions and be brought up on Articles of Impeachment. But, as Bernie points out again, and again, the system is rigged, and without the rule of law, without equal distribution, there is no law, but rather an abandonment of our democracy, and that is the central issue over this argument, whether we stand together for what we say we believe in, or if we are willing to do nothing while people like Mitch McConnell continue to highjack our government by invoking privilege over rights in the hope that he can find another Antonin Scalia to continue the downward spiral of our democracy.
This is the narrative that supports Bernie Sanders and his call for a political revolution. Senator McConnell is part of the problem, he is a facilitator of injustice, but the American people are the solution, if the majority stand together and do something!
I will only say that as much I personally despised Scalia, I am for once grateful to him, because in death he has effectively given light to privilege over rights, but is making us realize that the complete chaos is already here; that could have the unintended effect of broadening the conversation about the future of this country, and Mitch McConnell, whether deliberate or not, just fell into the trap of facilitating that very issue.