The Sickness and Treachery of Today’s Supreme Court, continued

Instead of the “Supreme Court of the United States,” perhaps the SCOTUS should rename itself this: “Supremely Compromised Outfit Targeting the United States.” Targeting it from within.

Sir Matthew Hale, the 17th-century English jurist whom Samuel Alito quoted in the Dobbs decision. Portrait by John Michael Wright. Wikimedia Commons.

I believe Wednesday will be remembered as the Pearl Harbor and “day of infamy” delivered from within by the SCOTUS.

This same Court has invited dark money into our political system; vetoed gun controls; refused to critique gerrymandering; ejected a 50-year precedent in order to invade women’s bodies, and tell them what they can and cannot do with their bodies (citing a 17th century witch-burner in their document in doing so); and created chaos in the nation, including forcing ten-year-olds to flee their states to escape giving birth to their rapist’s illegitimate babies. It goes on and on.

It coddles Justices who are in gilded beds, airplanes and yachts, and sucking up to far-right billionaires who are drowning them in gifts, while those billionaires have cases before the Court. The wife of one of the Justices is on the team that cheered on on the insurrection of January 6, and whose communications with Mark Meadows proves her involvement. And that very Justice refuses to recuse himself. 

SCOTUS experts discuss the texting scandal between a Justice’s wife and the White House Chief of Staff. Video by MSNBC. 

Will his wife be called as a witness in that trial? Might that be a bit embarrassing? Does that have anything to do with that Justice voting to delay the trial until after the election?

Clearly, the SCOTUS is on the ballot this November. Clearly, President Biden, it is time you talked OUT LOUD about expanding the Court to 13 members. Put THAT on the ballot this Fall. Let that be a major talking point for the election, and it will electrify a needed debate among the citizenry. It will also get voters out to vote.

Fascism is on the ballot too. Hallmarks of any fascist regime are the following (ask Hitler):

Jewish books being carried away by Nazis, presumably for burning. Anonymous photo from 1938. Wikimedia Commons.
  • Create an authoritarian cult of personality organized around a charismatic leader who dictates to everybody what to think and what to do;
  • Refuse to accept the results of democratic elections that don’t go their way;
  • Embrace—or refuse to disavow—political violence as a mechanism for achieving political power;
  • Corrupt, denounce, or simply ignore the judicial system;
  • Create its own version of laws that the leader invents to serve his or her purposes. 

Evil is alive and well at the SCOTUS. Evil loves to invade places of power.

See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.

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Banner Image: A protest against the overturning of Roe v. Wade in Union Square, Manhattan NY, June 24, 2022. Photo by Carmen Esparza Amoux. Wikimedia Commons. 

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What do you think about the new name proposed here for SCOTUS? Do you have another to offer?

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Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society

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7 thoughts on “The Sickness and Treachery of Today’s Supreme Court, continued”

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    Name calling is a ‘Trump’ thing. The focus should be on getting the Supreme Court back to its ‘roots’ and first principles. It also needs a level of non-partisan oversight that can hold members accountable to serve the nation and not themselves or special interests. If you need to add a 13th member, so be it. — BB.

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    The news abut the decision/actions of SCOTUS is dreadful to many of us (those who are paying attention and have enough information to decipher the underlying river of intent). But God is ever with us. He provides men and women who witness to truth, the truth within us all. In this important year, let us have the strength to confront evil with love. Thank you, Matthew, for your messages.

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    I honour Matt’s politically savvy passionate truth-telling and as a non-USAnian feel I am on thin ice—a Canadian metaphor—as I offer these comments.

    I have accepted that Earth must rid Herself of the corruption of modernity and that the USA is one of the corrupted leaders of this essential global purge. (Canada and too many other nations are well along this gloomy pathway.) But doom-scrolling saps my energy and depresses with no imaginable upside; it is not a well that slakes my spirit’s thirst as do so many of your meditations, Matt.

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    Hi Matthew,
    Thanks for your meditations.
    There is a petition people can sign to expand the court on Move on
    They need 200,000 and they have 133,00.
    Can you help passing the word?
    Thanks again for making my day.

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    We seem to be repeating history. Looking at the world of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations it’s despairing and dread-ful.
    There are so many luminous people in this country who are doing the work of making it a better place. So many people who are wiser and more empathetic than those who have power. No one is coming to save us but ourselves- we the people!

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