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Thoughts on Events the Week of September 14

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on September 23, 2020

RBG – RIP: Justice Ginsberg died. She was a force. We are lucky to have had her.

I hoped Ginsberg would survive until the next administration, because her passing is going to unleash a storm of hypocrisy the likes of which we haven’t seen even in Washington.

The Republicans, led by Moscow Mitch McConnell, who denied President Obama from naming a new Justice to replace Scalia eleven months from the next presidential election, are now screaming that a new Justice must be selected immediately, less than two months out from the 2020 election.

This hypocrisy goes both ways. The Democrats who insisted, rightly, that Obama should be allowed to replace Scalia immediately, are now saying the Senate should wait until the next election before replacing Ginsberg.

Should the Democrats get their way? Will two wrongs make a right? Or should Republicans be allowed to appoint the next Justice?

Of the two options, in the interest of intellectual honesty and respect for the Constitution, the Constitution language should prevail. The president should be allowed to propose a nominee. Perhaps then, the Senate can return to normal practice, not that I’m optimistic this will ever happen with Moscow Mitch in charge.

That said, Democrats should be sure the public knows what’s at stake here, and perhaps a public outcry will put some pressure on some Republican Senators. They are a cowardly bunch, and there’s nothing a politician fears more than a voter. Perhaps they will have second thoughts.

And should the Republicans prevail on the appointment but lose the Senate in the November election, the Democrats should take vicious revenge. Unlike Trump, they must represent all the voters, but they should make the lives of Republican Senators a living hell.

I’m not sure if the Court can be saved at this point, or how to fix it. The Court is already severely damaged, but the drama that is about to unfold could ruin the Court irreparably, which, as I think about it, may not be a completely bad thing. I can remember when we chose the best legal minds we could find to be on the Court. Now, it’s finding the most baldly partisan. Tom Cotton? Really?

The fights over the Court have warped our entire justice system and elevated the subject of abortion to the level of slavery prior to the Civil War, which is nuts. Maybe we should let an ultra-conservative Court run amok for a while and see the response from the other branches. History tells us that when the Court gets too far behind the public will, it is in danger of losing all its credibility, and backs down.

Who’s crazy now?: Michael Caputo, a Trump minion who, like most, is unqualified for his position, lost his mind publicly on color TV, spouting crazy talk. Shortly thereafter, Caputo took a leave of absence until his sanity returns or hell freezes over, whichever comes later.

But the irony here, which seems to be lost on many, is that when Caputo was talking crazy, he sounded just like Trump and was saying the same things Trump says. So, who’s the crazy one? The one who says crazy stuff because he sees the boss doing it and wants to please him by emulating him, or Trump himself? Don’t answer; it’s a rhetorical question.

Kabuki in the Middle East: The Trump administration announced breakthrough agreements that Israel reached with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. This was not a breakthrough, but a coming out of the closet. These two Arab countries have been cooperating with Israel for quite a while, because they have a shared perceived enemy in Iran and because they no longer trust the U.S.

What these agreements do reveal is that Arab countries don’t give a rodent’s rectum about the Palestinians, who were thrown under the bus with this agreement. But then they never did. They just used the Palestinians’ plight and their alleged support of it to distract their own citizens from their poor governance.

Worst state: Kansas, who birthed the pompous whale Mike Pompeo, who told the United Nations it should sanction Iran for violating the terms of an agreement with America that America itself opted out of. Not even the U.N could stomach that hypocrisy.

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