This has been a stunning week and it’s only Wednesday. The full consequences of the 2016 election finally appear to be descending on Democrats. It isn’t why they’ve become fully unhinged, but it can only escalate the madness.
First were the defeats in the Supreme Court over Trump’s travel ban and mandatory union dues for public employees. At 5-4 decisions on both, it was Gorsuch who was critical. Under normal circumstances, the travel ban should have been a 9-0 decision in favor of the president’s authority to restrict travel from terror-prone nations, but it’s the Trump Era. So, you know.
I don’t disagree. Sotomayer’s dissent was a rant that was about as poorly thought out as my typical blog post. It was also shorter than some of my rants about Star Wars.
It came down to whether or not the president has the authority to restrict travel from any country using the power granted to him by law. He does.
That’s right. In America, your feelings don’t count. The law does. You can hate what Trump does, fear what he wants to do, and protest as you must but Trump is enforcing the law and it’s only because he was elected to appoint Gorsuch that the rule of law is still held above the personal feelings and politics of certain judges.
One of the most interesting facets of this decision was Justice Thomas’s grumbling about the over-broad power of district courts to behave as super-presidents who can veto anything the actual president does. As I read it, he’s sending a very clear warning to certain Hawaiian federal judges that if they don’t rein this practice in, SCOTUS will do it for them at the first opportunity.
If this happens, the Resistance will lose a powerful weapon that it has been applying to stall Trump’s agenda.
The current Court won’t last much longer in its current composition with the next bit of shocking news. Justice Kennedy is retiring and with him goes the end of unpredictability in the most controversial Supreme Court decisions. He was always a “conservative” justice, but you never knew which way he would go. His replacement, who will doubtlessly be swiftly nominated and pushed through the Senate, will be more, shall we say, reliable. Reliably originalist, constitutionalist, and fuckyourfeelingsist.
It’s not just about emotions with the liberal judiciary, but also politics. The Court’s decision in Janus will have serious consequences for union donations to Democratic causes. The liberal justices weren’t happy about it. Can’t imagine why.
How much longer will Breyer or Ginsburg last? Or even Sotomayer, with her health problems? The horror Democrats are experiencing over Kennedy’s retirement is a whisper compared to what a true, permanent realignment of the Court’s ideological balance will do once a liberal justice retires on Trump’s watch.
I mean, the threat that Obama would get such a shift by replacing Scalia and that Clinton would get to fill one or two future vacancies was enough to lead millions of Republicans to vote for Trump who otherwise might not have.
What will it do to Democrats when President Donald J Trump is building the Supreme Court in his own image, especially when they’re already adopting mob tactics, screaming and tweeting “FUCK” everything at every opportunity, and experiencing a dwindling faith in American institutions as the Court sides with Trump and the Blue Wave diminishes.
I’m not mocking anybody today. Maybe I’d be half-crazed too if Clinton had won and was on the verge of appointing a 6-3 liberal majority on the Court with either Garland or somebody she picked replacing Scalia, a justice to replace Kennedy, and maybe replacing Ginsburg and Breyer with younger justices who would ensure a liberal majority for the next generation. It’s thinking of that scenario that has me being more measured in my cheefulness than I might otherwise be.
Of course, all of these happenings are coming at the worst time. The Left is already on the verge of embracing complete lawlessness and, worse, its loony behavior is going to hurt the Democrats in the midterms, particularly if anybody gets hurt between now and then because of it.
As much as I would like to see the GOP maintain control of the House (the Senate should be a given) after 2018, I am already dreading the possibility that it will and because of it, the Left will still refuse to bury its anger and work toward the common good. Will it accept the outcome of the 2016 election and put these paranoid Russia fantasies to bed? Will it quit running on fury and put postitive policy positions on the forefront of its platform?
I’m not confident. By now, all of those changes should have come, but Democrats are still in an incoherent and largely impotent rage. I don’t have much reason to think they’ll embrace anything but the rule of the mob, anarchy, and intimidation.
They want to fight Trump but Trump is the law.