Tone Deaf Beyond All Repair

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by Chris

Certain entrenched politicians in Washington DC are exceedingly tone deaf and out of touch. Consider the following statements.

Democrats Rage Against the Judiciary

Their campaign against Kavanaugh failed, so they resort to smearing the Supreme Court itself.

Oct 9, 2018

Having lost the fight over Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats quickly pivoted to attacking the Supreme Court as an institution.

After the confirmation vote Saturday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein tweeted that his appointment “undermines the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.”

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, another Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, added: “The damage done today will be enduring—to the United States Supreme Court & to our country.”What’s next, encouraging citizens to disregard certain rulings by certain justices?

 

I find those to be offensively tone-deaf statements.  To me the Subprime [sic] Court lost all legitimacy a long time ago.

First there was the ridiculous and completely bizarre ruling that cited the 14th amendment to give the 2004 election to Bush while stripping away Florida’s rights as a state to manage its own election processes.  This ruling was so weird that the Subprime Court specifically said it was not to be used as a precedent nor could it be used again. It was just a, you know, one-time thingy, by interventionist judges who rather suddenly completely forgot what their mandate and duties included. Just that one time.

As soon as the Subprime Court did that, I completely lost all respect for the institution which I had long thought of as comprised of humans, to be sure, but thoughtful and historitcally grounded people with whom I might not agree, but certainly respected.  Well, that went right out the window.

Second was the Citizens United “decision” that gave personhood to corporations. Worst. Decision. Ever. One that did far more enduring damage to the country than can really be calculated.

If Richard Blumenthal really cared about “damage done” by the Subprime Court he’d weigh in as passionately about actual prior Subprime Court decisions than on what possibly might happen with a Kavanaugh on board.

Of course, none of the entrenched politicians give one whit about anything other than their own power and gaining temporary political advantage.  If they cared about “the people” and such we’d have a verifiable voting system but we have nothing of the sort.  The Senate and Congress could also pass a law stripping corporations of personhood, if they wanted to.  But they don’t want to because the current system works for them.  Personally.

So when I read or hear politicians suddenly get a case of ‘the principles’ I grit my teeth and scowl a bit because I am quite allergic to hypocrites and liars.

The Subprime Court did not ‘lose’ its legitimacy, it threw it away.

Again, it did this a very long time ago, something that has been exceptionally evident to those paying attention, which makes the above politician’s comments completely tone deaf.

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