The Supreme Court’s Immunity Decision Tops Dobbs In The Danger To Our Democracy!

By Donald A. Collins | 4 July 2024
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This 6 to 3 Supremely Fraudulent Court Majority Has Made Presidential Immunity A King Above The Law Fixable Only With A Constitutional Amendment!

In publishing my latest book on Amazon and Kindle on June 30th, the day before the immunity decision from the Supreme Court came down on July 1, I realize I should have waited another day since this decision brings much more potential to destroy our cherished democracy than its earlier Dobbs decision to inflict dangerous health consequences and restrict personal choice on America’s women.

This ensures an adverse Trump legacy to our democratic rights even if Donald fails to win reelection. If he is reelected, he is likely to appoint younger justices to insure that his disastrous unbalancing of the Supreme Court, an “accomplishment “about which he constantly brags, will be extended far into the future!

Of course, Trump and his MAGA GOP have taken a decisive role in trying judicially and legislatively to take away women’s ability to manage their reproductive choices as Dobbs put choice decisions back to the states which in many cases have enforced cruel and dangerous options on women.

No recusals, ignoring Stare decisis, fostering open carry gun laws, accepting major gifts from wealthy donors with potential to affect cases before the court, refusing to discuss any of these legitimate concerns when requested by the Senate which questioned the Court’s failing to adopt the same strong ethics code that now exists for all federal courts!

This Court’s immunity ruling on July 1, the last day of its term after unconscionable delays. The Department of Justice’s Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request for a ruling by the Court months ago, again shows where this Court’s bias lies.

The perfect example of its bias came the same day as Justice Clarence Thomas, whose corruption has been fully determined by his acceptance of lavish gifts and his blatant refusal to recuse himself in any case where a conflict of interest might exist. His wife Ginni was active in arguing that Trump’s defeat in the 2020 election was fraudulent. She worked unceasingly to promote with his “Stop the Steal” fraud claims.

Now with the immunity decision making Smith’s case much harder to bring, the entire stench of the GOP installed conspiracy gets clearer and clearer.

The 6 to 3 decision was marked with vigorous dissent from Justices Sotomayor, Kagan and Jackson. “In every use of official power, the President is now a king above the law,” wrote Justice Sotomayor.

Sotomayor offered her full fears:

The Supreme Court’s three liberal justices made clear Monday that they view the ruling by their conservative colleagues to extend presidential immunity to Donald Trump’s official acts as a threat to democracy with “disastrous consequences.”

The “extraordinary rule has no basis in law,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in a scathing 29-page dissent that was joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson. The ruling, Sotomayor wrote, makes a “mockery of the principle” that no one is above the law.

Sotomayor spent about 25 minutes reading her dissent from the bench Monday, a strong sign of her opposition to the ruling that came on the final day of the high court’s term. She said the ruling disregards motive and allows a president who wields power for even the most corrupt purposes to be immune from criminal prosecution.

“With fear for our democracy, I dissent,” she concluded.

Jackson also wrote separately.

The court’s conservative supermajority found that Trump — and future presidents — are immune from prosecution for official actions taken while in the White House, but that there is no immunity for vaguely defined unofficial acts.

There has been much written so far and more to come. However, reading the article posted here will give you a sense of the magnitude of dictatorship this decision initiates.

Another disturbing angle is offered in the January 3rd Washington Post entitled “Don’t like the Supreme Court’s immunity ruling? Blame Merrick Garland” with its subtitle “With no straightforward case tying Trump to violence, Garland took a historically momentous risk.”

It offers a sad and further disturbing legal error by Garland.

It’s almost hard to believe how comprehensively the hubris and zealotry of anti-Donald Trump lawfare has blown up in its practitioners’ faces. Not only did the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling in Trump v. United States create new and enduring presidential immunities against criminal prosecution, but it eviscerated the fiction of an “independent” Justice Department and even inadvertently threw the validity of Trump’s New York hush money conviction into question.

Even if the Justice Department can press forward with enough of its election interference case to convict Trump of something — and sustain the conviction on appeal — the case’s main legacy will be Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s muscular opinion this week loosening restraints on the presidency.

Whether you abhor or embrace the presidential immunity principles the Supreme Court announced in this case (my feelings are mixed), it’s important to understand that this outcome was not inevitable. It was the result of decisions by Attorney General Merrick Garland and his bullheaded prosecutor, Jack Smith. They chose to bring a questionable case that shouldn’t have been brought, and they presented it to the justices in a maximalist way that invited this beatdown.

Read the full article here.

The present situation for democratic governance for our democracy politically is now at a major crisis point as any time in our entire history!

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?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024”, “Democracy at Red State Risk” and “Does Trump Go to Jail or to The Oval Office?”.

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