Five Men on the Once Supreme Court Embarrass Themselves Anew

One lawyer called it a “dark day” for the rule of law. Another called it an “embarrassment.” Another suggested that we move the Supreme Court to the RNC Headquarters because that is whom SCOTUS is now serving.   

“De Legibus Angliae,” the 13th-century manuscript by Henry de Bracton cited by Justice Alito in the Dobbs decision. From the Wren Library collection at Trinity College, UK. Wikimedia Commons.

One justice, overcome with his own importance, proclaimed that they were destined to write an opinion for the ages. Another, the same one who invoked two witch-burning lawyers from 17th-century England to support the decision he wrote that killed Roe v. Wade, was worried that presidents of the future might start a coup if they did not have more immunity. 

But like his brethren, he ignored the case in front of them, that of the previous president who actually did launch a coup against the government. That coup killed 7 people, including police protecting the Capitol from rioters chanting “kill the vice president” while threatening all law makers. The first such effort to deny a peaceful transition of power in 248 years of our country.  

Not content with wrecking many women’s lives by demanding that 10-year-olds victims of rape and incest carry their fetus to term; not content with sadistically threatening the lives of women with complicated pregnancies, the same gang is now eager to end the Constitution as we know it. 

Former US Attorney Joyce Vance describes the presidential immunity claim as a “messy argument.” Video by MSNBC.

They seek to introduce a word—“immunity” for presidents—that is not found in the Constitution. (Previously they argued that the word “abortion” is not in the Constitution.)

Only two hours and 24 minutes into the proceedings was the issue at hand mentioned. To her credit, it came from Justice Barrett: “The special counsel has expressed some concern for speed and wanting to move forward.” 

Is all the preening self-adulation of the adolescent male judges merely a smokescreen to deny voters the right to see before they vote, all the evidence gathered on a former president who staged a coup? 

Voters cast their ballots in Des Moines, IA, 2022. Photo by Phil Roeder. Wikimedia Commons.

Are these so-called judges deliberately denying voters access to facts that a trial would reveal, about whether to return that president to office?

One solution to this sordid court beckons us: Vote this fall and get others to vote, to elect representatives committed to democracy and rule of law and a new Supreme Court (an expanded one if necessary). 

Despair is a luxury. Work is a necessity.  

To be continued.

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What are your reflections and responses to the Supreme Court event about presidential immunity last Thursday? How do you see it affecting your vote and your desire to assist others to vote next November?

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7 thoughts on “Five Men on the Once Supreme Court Embarrass Themselves Anew”

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    Thank you ???? Another word left out of the Constitution is equality for women. Yes we have the right to vote, but not yet to equal protection under the law because the ERA hasn’t been published. Research tells me that it’s been ratified, and that what is needed is for the president to phone the archivist and have it added to the Constitution. Research also tells me it was originally introduced by Alice Paul in 1923. One hundred years ago!
    We’ve been waiting too long!
    Rev William Barber always asks “Who benefits from these policy/ decisions?
    Is money involved and who gets it? Questions to consider.
    Meanwhile, appreciate your daily meditations.

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    Martina Nicholson

    “Despair is a luxury” is a good line for this SCOTUS’ ongoing failure to see what justice should look like in the face of REAL insurrection on Jan. 6. I hope everyone will vote, and that it will bring in more reforms than we have ever united to agree upon! I think maybe if we think of this as an inflection point where we need real grace and help from the Holy Spirit, to get people to see and agree, that we are making some headway. Recently there was a poll that 57% of the citizens see Trump as dangerous to democracy. If everyone votes, we will prevent his entering the White House again. We are making headway in many fields now, as people begin to see and cooperate in problem-solving. And the students protesting the genocide in Gaza keep making the government face the problem. We have 5 laws in the USA preventing us from selling weapons or giving support to a country committing genocide. If you have not seen Chris Hedges’ Sermon for Gaza, it is fabulous, and a clarion call.

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    Michael Dawkins

    Five men on the un-supreme court are working to create a dictatorship in this country. We must work to ‘overturn’ these enemy’s of justice.

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    Voters don’t have a direct method of changing the Supreme Court, but we do have the power to elect local and state and federal candidates who will support democracy. Local and state elections are key. The founders of this country, flawed as they were about slavery, did make every provision to prevent a dictatorship from forming. They well knew the dangers of such a form of government; they also refused to establish a state religion. It is sickening how politicians of the present, including most of Scotus, have perverted these wise intentions, while claiming to represent themselves as followers and upholders of the Constitution. Of course, these same people pervert Christianity, as despots also pervert Islam. We can pray and gather together and help get out the vote. Vote Forward is one tool to reach those who tend not to vote.

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