It’s no exaggeration, our democracy is hanging by a thread, being examined like by no means earlier than. 4 years of probably the most corrupt, and incompetent, president in our nation’s historical past … together with a political occasion that didn’t take away him from workplace when it had the possibility, twice, … will try this.
For individuals who thought as soon as Trump was voted out of workplace issues would get again to regular, you weren’t paying consideration. For individuals who thought Republicans would come to their senses as soon as Captain Chaos was stripped of his energy, you by no means understood the sheer evil of Mitch McConnell and his band of obstructionists.
However right here’s the factor. Trump and his seditionist Republicans are right now threatening our democracy as a direct results of two monumentally unhealthy selections by the Roberts Courtroom.
First got here Residents United.
In a 5-4 resolution, the Supreme Courtroom held that firms are individuals with First Modification rights and their cash is free speech. This resolution reversed century-old marketing campaign finance restrictions and unleashed floods of darkish cash to deprave our politics and foul our democracy. As former president Jimmy Carter put it, this ruling was nothing wanting “legalized bribery.”
Then got here Shelby County v. Holder.
In one other 5-4 resolution, the Supreme Courtroom gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a regulation that required sure states with a historical past of discrimination towards minority voters to get adjustments cleared by the federal authorities earlier than they went into impact. Writing for almost all, Chief Justice Roberts wrote there was now not any want for the regulation as a result of, for the reason that regulation’s enactment, “issues have modified dramatically.” That racial discrimination had come to an finish was information to many People, particularly black People.
Inside days of the Courtroom’s resolution, states that have been lined by the Voting Rights Act started to enact new voting restrictions. Who may have seen that!
Elections have penalties. Donald Trump, in a single time period, nominated three younger Supreme Courtroom justices to lifetime appointments, giving the conservative bloc a 6-3 majority.
It’s arduous to assume that due to the brand new far-right conservatives on the bench, John Roberts is right now thought-about a reasonable! (OK, reasonable conservative).
We all know past a doubt that Trump, and his rabid base, doesn’t imagine in democracy. We all know right now’s Republicans don’t take severely their sworn oath to the Structure, in the event that they ever did.
When that decisive case comes earlier than the Supreme Courtroom, the one figuring out whether or not democracy lives or dies, what’s going to it’s for the Courtroom’s conservatives? Will it’s partisanship over nation, like it’s for individuals who put them in energy?
I can’t assist pondering of that different disastrous Supreme Courtroom resolution … Bush v. Gore.
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