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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:09 pm
by Greg
Trump's recent SCOTUS pick has written that a sitting President should never be indicted. How convenient.

"Brett Kavanaugh Was a Mistake:"

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/201 ... -gift.html

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:25 am
by Big Magilla
Ah, so.

The original court was comprised of six justices. It has varied over the years, expanding and reducing the number of justices and was last changed in 1869 when it was set at 9.

We have 13 district courts so why not have 13 Supreme Court justices?

The best time to make the change would be, as Greg originally suggested, after the 2020 election when we, hopefully, will have a much more moderate, if not liberal, congress and president. Doing it while Trump and Pence are in power would be an exercise in futility.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:15 am
by OscarGuy
The number of supreme court justices is not specified in the constitution, therefore, it's a legislative decision. It would probably require a veto-proof majority, though, because the R's wouldn't ever let it happen.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:04 am
by Heksagon
The way in which the judges of the Supreme Court are appointed is not functioning properly in this political environment. No one predicted how partisan and politicized the court would become. Appointed-for-life offices don't belong to this century either. After the Electoral College, that's the second most obvious part of the U.S. Constitution that would need updating.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:58 am
by Big Magilla
Wouldn't that require a constitutional amendment ratified by two thirds of of the states?

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:20 pm
by Mister Tee
Greg wrote:As radical as it sounds, if a progressive President and Congress is elected in 2020; and, the Supreme Court rules the passed-and-signed legislation unconstitutional, I think it would then be the correct decision for the President and Senate to increase the number of Justices in the Supreme Court.


There are a lot of people who've never been anything close to radical -- or even especially lefty -- who would agree. Especially given the circumstances by which Gorsuch got his seat, not to mention the murkiness around the legitimacy of the 2018 vote.

Constitutional crisis used to be a fantastical term. No more.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:09 pm
by Greg
As radical as it sounds, if a progressive President and Congress is elected in 2020; and, the Supreme Court rules the passed-and-signed legislation unconstitutional, I think it would then be the correct decision for the President and Senate to increase the number of Justices in the Supreme Court.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:35 pm
by Big Magilla
This November's election will be decisive. Either things will change or we'll know for sure that the masses are either stupid or just don't care.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:03 pm
by Mister Tee
I was planning on posting something about the manic pundit over-reaction to the Ocasio-Cortez win last night (a win that cheered me immensely, and is NOT, contrary to hot takes, a sign Democrats are in Disarray!!)...

...but that's small potatoes compared to the Supreme Court horror. The hypocrisy with which McConnell will ram through a far-right replacement will be obvious to all and will not matter. To this GOP, power is all that counts, and they will exercise it ruthlessly. (Dems who object loudly will be accused of...wait for it...incivility.)

I repeat my post of yesterday. This is a GOP court that already sees itself as a super-Congress, willing to contort to any shape to achieve GOP-desired outcomes. Anyone out there still want to argue there was no difference between the candidates?

Screw them all. And James Comey. And Vladimir Putin. Unless Robert Mueller swoops in quickly and decisively (I think he'll do the deed eventually, but I fear not soon enough), this country is going to be in a world of hurt for likely the rest of my lifetime.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:22 pm
by The Original BJ
Just when you thought this week couldn't get ANY worse...

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:09 pm
by Greg
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeats House Democrat Joe Crowley in massive upset:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irUKkruoibA

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:06 pm
by Mister Tee
Yet another day when we can offer our heartfelt thanks to all those who stayed home or voted for a pointless third party because there was no difference between the two candidates.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:10 am
by Big Magilla
Some have suggested the message was meant for Trump. Whatever the reason, it was tone deaf, very much a "let 'em eat cake" moment, but what saddens me most is the continued support of her husband no matter what he does.

Conducting a news conference with people who lost loved ones to violence at the hands of immigrants that turned out to be victims of drunk drivers was beyond the pale as so many things have been. It's almost as bad as the right-wing meme comparing soldiers separated from loved ones in their deployment to the taking of children from asylum seekers which shouldn't be compared to anything except the taking of children from their parents in Nazi concentration camps. This is beyond callous. It's institutionalized cruelty. It forces the parents who have risked everything to bring their children to what they would be safety only to have them plead guilty to the "crime of illegal entry" to get a reduced sentence and deportation in the hope that they will be reunited with the children no one seems to know where to find. And it's being done in our name while our president shames our country's friends and cavorts with its enemies. If this were a TV show no one would believe it.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:14 pm
by Mister Tee
I don't think anyone is letting the Mel-Jacket distract them from the full extent of the horror that's flooded our TV screens this week. That will be a lasting concern.

However...it really was pretty unbelievable. Like many, I had to have it confirmed for me multiple times that it was for real, not a photoshop -- it seemed too ridiculously over-the-top callous to be genuine. Good god: the whole point of the trip was to get a photo op that said "I care" (It was as blatant as George HW Bush's one-time awkwardness "Message: I care".) To wear that jacket on the trip was either a sign of cataclysmic obliviousness or something close to evil -- as implied here, a "let 'em eat cake" for the 21st century.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:16 am
by Big Magilla
Greg wrote:So, Melania Trump has now gone full Marie Antoinette.

So it would seem, but whatever the message on her jacket of "I really don't care. Do U?" is supposed to mean, we can't let it detract from the horror of what is going on. The protests scheduled for next Saturday (June 30th) should be the most massive of the Trump era yet.