From Slate: June 30, 2022:
Consider the issues that SCOTUS has resolved this term—the first full term with a 6–3 conservative supermajority. The constitutional right to abortion: gone. States’ ability to limit guns in public: gone. Tribal sovereignty against state intrusion: gone. Effective constraints around separation of church and state: gone. The bar on prayer in public schools: gone. Effective enforcement of Miranda warnings: gone. The ability to sue violent border agents: gone. The Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases at power plants: gone. Vast areas of the law, established over the course of decades, washed away by a court over a few months.
I don’t usually read Slate, but I stumbled upon this paragraph late last night and it seemed to sum up quite succinctly the recent decisions of the Supreme Court. I disagree with all of them. Vehemently. Not that my vote in the fall will make one iota of difference, but it’s all I’ve got. I’ve read there are ways Congress and the President can bring the Court to heel, but expecting Congress to agree on anything, much less act on it, seems to be a thing of the past.
Donald Trump and his toadies did this. He nominated and they confirmed his superconservative theocratic jurists to the Court, despite their equivocations during their confirmation hearings. And even if Trump eventually goes to prison, as he should for seditious conspiracy, his court will live long after him — for their lifetimes if they desire. Truly, the evil that men do lives after them.
The pundits say we’ll see a red wave sweeping elections in the fall, that the party out of power usually sees such a wave in mid-term elections.
Every day I wake up thinking “Surely things can’t get any worse.” But sure enough, every day …
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