Class Warfare Blog

July 16, 2018

SCOTUS: Fair and Balanced?

Since the Supreme Court is floating in the discussion air, I am reading more and more comments like this:

And just when we thought SCOTUS was done trying to unravel the moral fabric of America, Justice Kennedy gently whispered, “Hold my beer” and announced his upcoming retirement, thus simultaneously signaling the end of an era of a [kind of] fair and balanced Supreme Court. I won’t use his name.

Fair and balanced my ass.

Again, reasonable journalists are giving sops to the status quo to suck up to all segments of their potential audience and doing us all a disservice. Judge Kennedy is being called a “moderate,” because he voted with the liberal wing a couple of times. But he is solely responsible for the “Citizens United” ruling and voted with the conservative wing far more often (way more often) than he voted with the liberals. That makes him a milder conservative, but in no way was he a moderate.

And, “fair and balanced?”

The current court, minus Justice Kennedy, has 4.5 Catholics on it (Gorsuch was raised a Catholic but now is part of an Episcopal church. Episcopalians consider Catholics to be catholic in name only, they being considered back sliders.)

Three of Trump’s four finalists for Kennedy’s seat on the court were Catholic as is the one he finally “chose,” Brett Kavanaugh. The remaining three Justices are Jewish. So, if Kavanaugh gets confirmed that will make three Jews and six Catholics as the representation of the court. Fair? On occasion. Balanced? In no way.

Catholics represent 22% of the U.S. population and Jews represent 2%. What about the other 76% of Americans? The Protestants, the Atheists, the Agnostics, the Muslims? What about them? And please don’t try to tell me that their religious worldviews have no effect on their decisions. Give me a break. (Freaking Scalia believed in the literal existence of the Devil!)

I guess candidates from the “out groups,” don’t get chosen off of lists created by the like of The Federalist Society, the strongly Catholic organization that prepared the list from which Trump got to choose “his nominee.” (The Federalist Society is already responsible for placing three justices: Alito, Roberts, and Gorsuch on the high court.)

Fair and balanced my ass.

And, if you are wondering why so many Republicans are scoffing at the idea of the “Deep State,” you might want to consider that they are protecting their benefactors, like the Federalist Society, part of the Deep State.

10 Comments »

  1. I’m sure you heard/read that Kennedy had been in negotiations with tRumpsky for months over his replacement. Once he received assurances that it would be Kavanaugh (his former law clerk) Kennedy felt comfortable retiring.

    It’s disgusting — and disheartening — how we continue to be played by the powers-that-be.

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    Comment by Nan — July 16, 2018 @ 11:48 am | Reply

    • Yeah, and they also will tell you that Justices have no say over who replaces them. If their lips are moving …

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 16, 2018 @ 11:51 am | Reply

      • I think it’s fair for a justice to have a say as to who is nominated as their replacement – after all, Kennedy didn’t even have to retire from the court, and the nomination has to be approved by the Senate.

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        Comment by List of X — July 20, 2018 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

        • It is fine to make a recommendation, even an endorsement, but the report I heard was that Justice Kennedy made his retirement contingent on getting his choice, basically give me my candidate or I won’t retire.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — July 20, 2018 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  2. Power-grabbing tactics in Washington D.C. have been occuring since at least the mid-19th century as American was headed to Civil War. Here’s one (of many) devastating pivotal Supreme Court Justice selections that soon took America headlong and foolishly into our modern conflicts with Middle Eastern Muslim Extremism:

    Louis D. Brandeis — converted to Jewish Zionism in 1912

    Brandeis’ extra-curricular activities with Felix Frankfurther, later to become a SC Justice 1939-1962, also a Zionist is recorded as:

    “In one of his most unique arrangements in the Court’s history, Brandeis enlisted Frankfurter, then a professor at Harvard Law School, as his paid political lobbyist and lieutenant. Working together over a period of 25 years, they placed a network of disciples in positions of influence, and labored diligently for the enactment of their desired programs. This adroit use of the politically skillful Frankfurter as intermediary enabled Brandeis to keep his considerable political endeavors hidden from the public.”
    The Brandeis/Frankfurter Connection, by Bruce Murphy, New York, Oxford UP, 1982, p. 10, 44

    This SCOTUS involvement in the eventual creation of the state of Israel — invading, conquering, committing a litany of atrocities on the Palestinian people — in 1947-1949 set the U.S. on a never-ending Imperialist money and blood-pit in the Middle East that is now insatiable with no real solutions in any foreseeable future… especially after W. Bush’s bogus invasion of Iraq.

    Steve, WHY is history, particular American history so very poorly known and understood by Americans? 😩

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    Comment by Professor Taboo — July 16, 2018 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

    • When I went to high school (1960-1964) history classes stopped at the beginning of WW2, twenty years or more in the past. I tend to think schools, shy away from anything current as people alive have memories that may conflict with the curriculum and create contretemps. In the case of national labor history that goes back over 100 years in this country, the powers that be do not want any of it taught as it isn’t flattering of them. It is saver to teach history through large events and “great men” instead of through the lives of ordinary people, which would raise a lot of questions … a lot. (Well, why couldn’t women vote? But, … etc.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — July 16, 2018 @ 1:43 pm | Reply

      • True. I guess somehow our “education” MUST expand broader if we are to ever avoid repeating (bad) history as if we’re on a hamster-wheel. However, this doesn’t address the abilities (or inabilities) of the “students” to apply critical-analyses of various points-of-view does it? Somewhere in that process parental guidance is involved. Ugh. A full systemic problem isn’t it?

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        Comment by Professor Taboo — July 16, 2018 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

        • Unfortunately one of the primary goals of public education has been the Americaization of immigrants, so what we are getting is quite a bit of pro-USA propaganda in place of authentic curricula.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — July 16, 2018 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

          • True again Steve. I just can’t come up with a comprehensive fix or reversal. But then again I’m NOT in the upper 1% – 10% of Americans. Our 90% – 99% must somehow find ways of effective organization that truly threatens ‘Old Guard’ plutarchs and oligarchs, whether American or non-American.

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            Comment by Professor Taboo — July 16, 2018 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

            • I like some of the ideas being floated now, such as a maximum wage, which we effectively had after the Great Depression. US top bracket rates for income taxes were very close to 100% which lead corps and companies to stop giving their CEO’s money and gave them perquisites instead. When Reagan got these very high marginal tax rates reduces, the CEO pay skyrocketed and CEOs took over the top 1% as a category.

              So reversing some of these trends would be a way forward. The wealthy in the 50’s and 60’s didn’t have it at all bad. They just weren’t filthy rich. And now that we have eliminated the inheritance tax we have created a permanent wealthy class … still greedy after all these years …

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — July 16, 2018 @ 3:23 pm | Reply


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