When Barbie has more integrity than six Republican members of the US Supreme Court, you know American democracy is in a crisis…
At this point in time a lump of dirt has more integrity than several members of the Supreme Court, and having been bought, they have no legitimacy amongst thoughtful people.
Look behind you. See your sons and your daughters. They are your future. Look farther and see your sons' and your daughters' children and their children's children even unto the Seventh Generation. That's the way we were taught. Think about it: you yourself are a Seventh Generation."
--Leon Shenandoah, ONONDAGA
The Creator designed us with a free will. That means we function from choices and consequences. It is important that we practice thinking about consequences before we make decisions about choices. Every choice I make is like setting up dominos one after the other that produce consequences. Not just for me but also for my children and for the children that are unborn. My choices and decision today will have consequences for seven generations. For example, if I work on my own spiritual development and I walk the Red Road, the odds are that my children will. They will marry and their children will follow the Red Road and so will my grandchildren even up to the seventh generation. This will happen because of the choices and decisions that I make today.
Great Spirit, grant that the choices and decisions that I make today will honor Your laws and values. May I live in peace today that will ripple into the seventh generation.
Thank you for another great column, Thom. Only one thing missing. What can we do about it?
Answer: Join the effort to pass a Constitutional amendment that explicitly states only human beings, not corporations, are endowed with Constitutional rights, and denies that money is speech.
Rep. Primaya Jayapal (D-WA) is the lead sponsor of the We The People Amandment. (There are currently 94 co-sponsors.) Learn what you can do to help here: www.MoveToAmend.org
Wouldn’t that be something if the Barbie movie was the catalyst that woke up people who usually don’t pay attention to politics or world events and mobilized them to help fight back against Citizen’s United; much like Harriet Beacher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin did in the 1850’s.
Without a legitimate SCOTUS there is no rule of law. If there was, the reactionary majority justices on the court enabled by Trump and company would be impeached. But nobody is doing a thing, including the Congress and most of the representatives of the "Fourth Estate" whose job is to be watchdogs on behalf of the Constitution. There is no democratic legitimacy in an oligarchy that has bought and paid for the institutions of government as well as the major media outlets. And the American people have only themselves to blame. It's disgusting to see the Constitution I took an oath to protect and defend as a combat veteran dishonored by a cabal of rightwing christian fascists with deep pockets and no moral integrity whatsoever. The fact that we now have a scumbag like Donald Trump running for president as the flag bearer for the GOP makes it clear that democracy is very close to death unless we, the people, rise up and rid our house of government of the miscreants who seek to overthrow the Law of the Land on behalf of this narcissist clown. This is a life and death issue, not some conciliatory political game to be played with Joe Biden's "friends" on the other side of the isle. Americans who are loyal to the democratic paradigm established by the founders have no friends in the Republican Party today, an organization dominated by a criminal and managed by traitors and fascists and they should be treated as such.
Thank you for the truth again Thom, we surely do not have one of those six ‘bought and paid for’ judges , who might accept any ethical oversight at all.
They’ve been blatant in their successful attempts to starve the rule of law, ignoring Constitutional
Modification of their deliberately lawless rulings.
They are paving the way for even more authoritarian dictates.
And are quite obviously enthralled with themselves and their power politically.
All of the rulings mentioned in your article required very little time in investigation of the democratic soul in our society.
But only a log of powerful entities that would benefit wealthy and well connected Americans . And exclude the rest of Americans rights as citizens. Were seeing more and more of this everyday, and the “ kings and Queen of the Court” really are believing they make all the rules and decide themselves, that these rules are fine, no matter who they hurt .
Well that was a brilliant way to begin the movie. Dems would listen-up hoping for more and conservatives would be pissed and want to see what else they say that they could claim to be Hollywood bias.
The ethically challenged six are making history, but not in a good way. That's not what I'd want to be known for or as part of my legacy. Congress is not going to back-off and these Justices are dreaming if they think that's going to be the result.
Only one Court member has been impeached and then the darn Senate didn't remove Chase in 1804. If we get the House back, time to try again. I'd love to see THAT history made. They could have their billionaires pay for their lawyers. Fuckers. They don't have Barbie's smarts, and they sure as hell will never have her money!
Today on cnn website there is an "annotated" version of the indictment.
Better to take advantage of one of the good legal media outlets (legal af, amicus, strict scrutiny, jack, for example) which will cover the indictment in detail this week.
CNN's annotations, while sometimes helpful, seem to have an unwarranted focus on identifying many of the people who refused to endorse the "conspiracy shit" as republicans. "It should be noted these are all republicans" - is what cnn wants you to read.
Ok but do they explain that these folks are merely the ones who had such little personal wealth / power as incentives that they thought it might be better not to land in jail? CNN makes them (including Pense) out to be honerable, when all of them are republicans with little decency, who supported trump, but who just had enough of a morsel of common sense to avoid going to prison or suffering a complete career-ending criminal allegation, just to please the maga mousilini.
It's fair to note this, given Thom's reference today to "dithering" by Garland, a phrase and concept he borrowed from cnn when Ms. Keiler proclaimed it to be the best verb to describe not only garland but other goings on in Washington.
That the only attorneys (of many that cover this topic in detail) who make similar characterizations are those that are directly employed by mainstream tv media should be given some consideration here.
Except information. Sad but true. Thom thanks for all you do.