The smell gets worse and worse from the Supreme Court. Take the odoriferous Dobbs decision which on June 24, 2022 killed Roe vs Wade after nearly 50 years of providing women with a national right to protect their health. Roe was far from perfect as there should be no right of government to invade a woman’s body. Dobbs for me is #1 on the list of evil attacks by the Supreme Court on human rights. Plessy vs Ferguson and Dred Scott quickly come to mind as competitors. Neither however of those two decisions had religious roots, but certainly they possessed a curse of the racism which made both appalling.
Now with the Congress deeply divided and the GOP justices continuing to resist having the same ethical rules that lower courts have, getting a meaningful code of ethics at our highest court is unlikely.
That GOP Justices claim no one in Congress has the right to intrude on the Court which has unchangeable Constitutional rights.
This appalling level of corruption prevails widely within the GOP as personified by former President Donald Trump. When will reform happen? Not in a Trump 2nd term.
Just how rotten it has become has been well chronicled by the media. Most recently in a November 8th article in the Washington Post entitled “As Democrats prepare to subpoena Thomas, Alito allies, one benefactor cooperates”, author Ann E. Morrow, leads with the statement, “A new effort to wrest information from conservative allies of Supreme Court justices will probably be blocked by Senate Republicans”.
For months, Democrats in Congress have tried unsuccessfully to press the Supreme Court to strengthen its ethics rules, following revelations that some justices accepted — and did not report — free luxury travel, real estate deals and gifts from wealthy benefactors.
Now, Senate Democrats see an opening to demand more details about the extent of the largesse, details they say would inform their legislative efforts to impose more stringent ethics requirements on the high court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote Thursday to subpoena a wealthy benefactor, along with a judicial activist who helped shape the conservative supermajority that has quickly moved the court’s jurisprudence to the right. The subpoenas will demand a list of all transportation, lodging, gifts and access to private clubs provided to any justices and their relatives.
On Wednesday, Chairman Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) announced he was dropping plans to subpoena a third person, Robin Arkley II, after the California businessman provided the information the committee was seeking. Arkley’s attorney, Samuel E. Clark, confirmed the cooperation and said, “We don’t agree it’s public information, but we were treated fairly.”
You can read the entire piece here.
A new effort to wrest information from conservative allies of Supreme Court justices will probably be blocked by Senate Republicans. https://t.co/pwdd87v8AW
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 9, 2023
Looking at this photo of these smiling, smug, Justices one can readily see the arrogance with which they embrace their alleged Constitutionally protected position, showing the kind of integrity that has now overwhelmed the GOP. But with Dobbs, the Court its last term was just getting started on overturning issues that the majority of Americans of both parties wish to see improved such as gun control and certainly abortion!
Again, great reporting by Ann E. Morrow and her colleagues at the Washington Post for their June 2022 article entitled “How the Supreme Court ruled in the major decisions of 2022” that baldly states the facts that“ The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate the nationwide right to abortion dominated one of the court’s most consequential terms. The emboldened 6-3 conservative majority, with three nominees of President Donald Trump, wasted little time expanding the rights of gun owners to carry firearms in public, strengthening the role of religion in public life and sharply curtailing the Biden administration’s power to combat climate change.”
Read this entire distressing account here.
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Now faced with the almost certainty of Trump’s nomination, we must speculate on that choice. Will his 91 charges change votes adequately to ensure the unpopular Trump’s victory? Many assume nobody who believes in democracy could possibly vote for this man, but that could well happen. The Koch brother’s endorsement of Nikki Haley may encourage other more mainstream GOP donors to change their positions.
Corruption is bi-partisan of course, as in the case of Senator Menendez (D-NJ).
“The news also shows how the heated partisanship of the current era can keep bad politicians in office for fear of helping the other party.”
Uncompetitive elections shield corrupt and inept politicians from accountability.https://t.co/7tANIVblHz
— Nick Troiano (@NickTroiano) September 23, 2023
Read the full extent of his latest charges here.
Senator Robert Menendez needs to go. These are the Justice Department charges against him. These charges border on treason. We can't allow this to happen for either party. Including the # 1 traitor Donal Trump. https://t.co/Y1aavxNy99
— Santiago Ph.D. (@DrJSantiago) November 15, 2023
Then there is the Hunter Biden controversy which is being used by some in the GOP to prove President Biden was guilty of corruption. Hunter offered to testify “on Tuesday offered to testify publicly before Congress in response to a subpoena from Republicans investigating nearly every aspect of his business dealings as they pursue an impeachment inquiry into his father, President Joe Biden.”
Read more here.
House Republicans issued subpoenas Wednesday to members of President Biden’s family, taking their most aggressive step yet in an impeachment inquiry bitterly opposed by Democrats. https://t.co/QnMhTHrSEd
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 8, 2023
READ MORE: House Republicans subpoena Hunter and James Biden as impeachment inquiry ramps back up
The Democratic president’s son slammed the inquiry as a “fishing expedition” and refused to give closed-door testimony but said he would “answer any pertinent and relevant question” in front of the House Oversight Committee next month, setting up a potential high-stakes face-off.
Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, subpoenaed Hunter Biden in early November in the inquiry’s most aggressive step yet and one that tests the reach of congressional oversight powers. Comer’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
So far, Republicans have failed to uncover evidence directly implicating President Biden in any wrongdoing. But lawmakers insist their evidence paints a troubling picture of “influence peddling” in the Biden family’s business dealings, particularly with clients overseas.” Other opinion reports indicate this impeachment attack on Biden is losing credibility, but the continuing Hunter story will persist into 2024.
Read the full story here.
Hunter Biden on Tuesday offered to testify publicly before Congress in response to a subpoena from Republicans investigating nearly every aspect of his business dealings. https://t.co/LN32r1byMg
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) November 28, 2023
But the level of concern about conflicts of interest and corruption blossom repeatedly. For example, the Kushner family links to Trump.
This NY Times story starts as follows: “A Troubling Trump Pardon and a Link to the Kushners”. “A commutation for a drug smuggler named Jonathan Braun had broader implications than previously known. It puts new focus on how Donald Trump would use his clemency powers in a second term.”
Read the full story here which ties in with the Kushners.
Trump commuted the sentence of a Kushner-connected drug trafficker and predatory lender repped by Alan Dershowitz. The criminal tells the New York Times: “I believe God made it happen.”
MAGA isn’t a political movement. It’s an organized crime syndicate.https://t.co/Z5QIUikI6i
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) November 26, 2023
The extent of corruption in the Trump era will likely be uncovered for years and what it has done to lose GOP credibility among many voters has been historic.
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— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
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