Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Super-Dee-Duper week at the Supreme Court of the United States of America!

What a wonderful week at the Supreme Court of the United States of America! On Monday, those rights that are defended by the 1st Amendment, were upheld as the "Supreme Court Backs Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers in Free Speech Case", which struck down California's effort to force religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to promote abortion mills to their patients with government scripted materials. And then Tuesday brought us a case in which the "Supreme Court Ruling Delivers a Sharp Blow to Labor Unions", which, by some estimates, will liberate some 770,000 citizens from having to support public sector labor unions, which are no longer able to compel membership dues from either those who fundamentally oppose the union's ideology, or simply because they don't want to be members of that union. That is such a good thing (Hopefully Missouri will extend the same right for 'private' workers, again. IOW: 'Vote Yes on Prop A' this August!)!

And then today, Wednesday, came the icing on the cake, as Justice Anthony Kennedy is stepping down from the court, and President Trump will soon be nominating his successor from the list of 25 potential nominees that Neil Gorsuch was also selected from.

Oh... happy day!

Of course, people being who they are, your mileage may vary... people such as, Chris Matthews, for instance:
"...To give this to the Republicans when they control the Senate basically 51 or 50 to 49 with John McCain perhaps not voting again—to give them this last chance to pack the court 5-4 again hard conservative, I again, I say the base will attack the leadership for this if they allow it to happen and they should. Because this is time for vengeance for what happened 2 years ago. And if they don’t reap the vengeance now with four and half months to go before the election, they will not look very strong to their base..."
Doncha think that his use of 'vengeance', really captures the reasonableness, the sense of toleration, and the desire to work together for the 'greater good', that the Pro-Regressive Left so thoroughly embodies? A perfect likeness, I think.

The Left's botched attempt to bring the GOP's Chickens home to roost
Unfortunately, even though Matthews' shouldn't have anything to splutter his hopes upon, his reference to 'what happened 2 years ago', is to a gift that the GOP gave to the Left, from when Merrick Garland was denied a hearing for the SCOTUS seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia's death. That desperate delaying tactic was, as I railed at the time, " a weak, despicable, display of cowardice.", and it didn't require much cranial wattage to realize:
"... the precedent that it will set for every President elected from here on out, where Congress will set limits on executive power based upon it's current comfort levels on the coming election...."
, which in effect provides an excuse to deprive a sitting president of the opposite party, of his power to nominate a SCOTUS vacancy during a presidential election year (one quarter of his term in office!). It is an awful, irresponsible idea... which was validated by the GOP. What's worse, it wasn't necessary, which had they made even a light review of Garland's record, they'd have seen that it was full of opinions that warranted the Senate's legitimate denial of consent to his nomination to the SCOTUS, as many of them were in direct conflict to the United States Constitution that he was supposed to be upholding. Had Sen. McConnell and the GOP had the sand to meet the challenge head-on by examining and exposing the unsuitability of Garland for the highest court in the land, that ploy first proposed by then Senator Joe Biden, would have been long forgotten in irrelevance.

Fortunately for us, however, that same excuse won't work today. Why? Here, let Sen. Schumer tell you why:
"Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016: Not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year."
Don't look now Sen. Schumer, but this is not a presidential election year, it is only a mid-term election - which he has to know... though maybe, as my friend Dana Loesch suggests, maybe he's simply hoping on your ignorance to carry his argument through:
Yep, not only is it not a presidential election year, but years after Joe Biden first floated that absurdity, President Obama himself nominated, and saw seated, Justice Elena Kagan, in the swing mid-term election year of 2010!

IOW my dear Leftist friends: You've got no legs to stand on.

We The People, on the other hand, are looking pretty good, as the vacancy left by Garland's being passed over, was one which President Trump later filled by nominating Neil Gorsuch - an excellent justice, second only to Justice Thomas on the current court. I only hope that President Trump can deliver another such winner from his list of 25 Justices, so that I can see what getting tired of winning, really feels like. :-)

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