Some Thoughts On Watching Justice Jackson’s Conformation: The Cost Of Not Sharing? Our Democracy!

By Donald A. Collins | 9 April 2022
Church and State

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson spoke at the White House alongside President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris the day after she was confirmed by the Senate for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court. (Credit: YouTube / screengrab)

One major, now hopefully not secret, weapons for keeping our disorganized and disoriented democratic institutions improving are the growing presences of competent women in key places.

Then those crass and insulting questions to the now new Justice during her interrogation as a nominee. Those embarrassing GOP male interrogators, let viewers see the dregs of American legislators in action.

CEO Mary Barra at GM, Meg Whitman at HP, and Kamala Harris as first woman VP of the US doesn’t show the flood of other talented women who have been underpaid and unrecognized for so long, who have been impacting US performance in every field of endeavor.

In fact, as we see the rise of women everywhere, we should also cite the huge impact of the George Floyd murder and those of too many other African Americans in improving existing racism’s visibility, and the needed correcting actions which are by no means finished.

These powerful new trends are by from many new and established citizens who believe in representative government and the rule of law and personal freedoms. Sounds like a future we would hope for in the US!

The latest governing versions of the present GOP features non-governance, obstructionism, the fostering of hate, blatant racism, sexism, anti-gay bias, anti-choice abortion politics and other authoritarian behavior.

The present GOP future elections would ensure a future of lesser democracy because the GOP leadership is afraid of minorities and women rising to take away their false, repressive dominance. Their current answer to repress voting has been to pass new voting law restrictions in many states to make it harder for minorities and the poor in general to vote.

So, the rise of these women and minorities could save our floundering democracy because these forces for constructive change likely won’t be stopped, even if Republicans win Congress in November.

This awakening is vital as more and more of us moderates can FEEL, and see and read daily in our media, the threats of the planet’s climate, environmental and population pressures, and the urgent need for action.

And while jobs have drawn many talented immigrants here, but we can’t intake everyone, so we must reform of our immigration policies, too long allowed to languish.

So, while threats to our democracy abound, the presence of substantial number of citizens from both parties who believe in fighting for true equity in the US could bail us out and help keep the current world crises as in Ukraine from destroying everything.

The average yearly salary for the CEOs of America’s 500 largest companies is $14.2 million or about $39,000 a day. The billionaires share of American wealth is overwhelming compared to the rest of us.

You can read the whole article about what Wikipedia tells us here.

One small quote from this powerful piece tells us, “Federal Reserve data indicates that from 1989 to 2019, wealth became increasingly concentrated in the top 1% and top 10% due in large part to corporate stock ownership concentration in those segments of the population; the bottom 50% own little if any corporate stock.[8] The gap between the wealth of the top 10% and that of the middle class is over 1,000%; that increases another 1,000% for the top 1%.” And “A September 2014 study by Harvard Business School declared that the growing disparity between the very wealthy and the lower and middle classes is no longer sustainable.”

Read more about that here.

Some simpletons sadly still believe in Trump and, as his MAGA rallies show, are willing to give this aspirant dictator a path to authoritarianism.

So, crime and disaffection rise as this Barron’s article reports. But rising retail crime is only part of the rising violence among our poorest.

Read here.

The so far moderate MD Governor Larry Hogan vetoed an abortion bill on April 8th giving a series of reasons which defy sound established medical practice. As he charts his way to a Presidential nomination, this Catholic, unlike Catholic President Biden, tries to cover his ambiguity here.

By killing Roe, the Supreme Court would be continuing to allow religious beliefs to dominate secular decisions based of science, president and humanity. The stench of that decision, as Justice SotoMayor has opined, would offer another path to the growing disrespect for the key institutions that have had the ability to make our republic function for everyone. Thanks again, Donald J. Trump.

Where do you want America to go?

The midterms could tell us.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?: Leaders Commit to Reduce Human Population” and “Vote”.

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