One Out Of Three …

The Supreme Court was busy yesterday morning.  They made one good decision and two horrible ones.  Let’s start with the good …

On the upside, the Court struck down Louisiana’s restrictive anti-abortion law.  Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the Court’s liberal justices … not because he was against the law or pro women’s rights, but simply because four years ago, the Court struck down a similar law in Texas, thereby setting the precedent.  I will never understand why men think they know anything about this topic, or why they think they have a right to tell us what we can or must do with our own bodies.  Watch them scream and yell if you suggest that women should decide whether men can have a vasectomy, or those little blue pills they’re so fond of.

Anti-abortion groups went ballistic, saying it will give them more motivation than ever to turn out at the polls in November.  Once again, folks, we have people in this country who are so narrow-minded that they will return a madman to the Oval Office for another four years, simply to deny women the same rights that men have to make our own decisions regarding our own bodies.  And here I thought we were living in the 21st century.

At any rate, thumbs up to the five on the Court who voted right on this one.

In another ruling, the Court gave the federal government the right to carry out executions.  Funny, isn’t it, that people like Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Alito and Thomas are so horrified at the thought of a woman having the right to control her own body, but they are ready, willing and perfectly happy to say it’s okay to murder federal prisoners … people who are actually already people.

Now, the biggest problem I have with the death penalty is that more than a few times, a prisoner on death row has been found to be innocent of the crime for which he is serving time.  The state releases him, pays him a bit of restitution, and while his life has been shattered, he still has a chance to put it back together.  If he had been executed … what???  Does the government say, “Oops … sorry ‘bout that!”?  Executing a person is pretty darn final.

The second problem I have with the death penalty is that it is inhumane.  Think of how many executions were botched a few years ago and people died after sometimes hours of intense pain.  Hell, the guillotine was kinder!  Proponents of the death penalty say execution by lethal injection is painless and humane, but we’ve seen that it isn’t.  And by the way … the people who seem most gung-ho for executing criminals are Christians … what happened to that tenet that says it’s not up to humans to decide life and death?

And I’ve saved the best (worst) for last.  The justices ruled that the president has unfettered discretion to fire the head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). This should raise your hackles, if you remember the reason the CFPB was created back in 2010.  It was in response to the financial crisis of 2007-2008 caused by reckless speculation, loose credit, and too much debt in asset markets, namely, the housing market.  The purpose of the CFPB was to provide a single point of accountability for enforcing federal consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.  It was to promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial products and services and ensure that the financial crisis of 2007-2008 would not be repeated.

Until today’s Supreme Court ruling, the CFPB was an independent agency, not answerable to the president.  In order to ensure the CFPB’s independence, the law creating the agency called for it to be headed by a single director, confirmed by the Senate, who would serve a five-year term and who could only be fired for malfeasance, inefficiency or neglect of duty.  Today, Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the conservative wing of the Court, saying that “the structure of the CFPB violates the separation of powers.” 


The structure was so determined in order to ensure the independence and integrity of the agency.  Think about all the people Donald Trump has fired since the Senate refused to convict him of the crimes he had committed back in February.  He has fired most everyone who was tasked with overseeing his office, with ensuring that he acted properly and in the interest of the nation and its people.  Now, he’s been given another he can fire … the Director of a very important regulatory agency.  It is only a matter of time before Kathy Kraninger, the current Director, is given her walking papers, and someone totally unqualified for the agency position will be put in place to undermine the good work that has been done for the past ten years.

Way to go, John Roberts.  Is there anything else you’d like to give Trump?  Perhaps the authority to rewrite Article II of the U.S. Constitution to say that he can do anything he likes, as he told a group of young people he could do?  Or, perhaps you’d like to simply declare that there will be no more elections in the U.S.?

Independence and integrity in our Supreme Court?  I think not.  The only good decision, in my book, was the abortion decision and it wasn’t done for the right reason, not because John Roberts believes that women have rights, but simply to maintain a precedent.  Apart from that decision, the Court handed Trump presents wrapped in gift paper with pretty bows.  Bah Humbug.

13 thoughts on “One Out Of Three …

  1. Jill, good post. The so called party for life is actually the party for birth. As this decision reveals and as the president shows time and time again, people’s lives are secondary to stroking his ego and getting reelected.

    The abortion ruling is understandable, but a little surprising. Roberts is a wild card and he will avoid capricious and arbitrary practices he did with the LGBT ruling last week. But, he could easily swing the other way.

    Thanks for writing this, Keith

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    • Thanks, Keith. Yes, I’ve scoffed at the ‘pro-life’ label they give themselves more than a few times. They just wish to control women and their bodies … never mind what happens to either mother or child after the birth. Grrrrrrrrr.

      John Roberts is rather an enigma. Just when I think he’s finally taken off the rose-coloured glasses and is seeing Trump for what he is, then he sides with conservatives on something like the CFPB ruling, or the school ruling today. I wish I could predict which side of the fence he will come down on in the ACA ruling later this year, but I cannot.


  2. Great rant, Jill, but I am going to stand up for Christians. The overwhelming majority are against the death penalty. It is the small, very vocal minority who grab the headlines. Somehow they have missed the message of the Jesus gospels.🙂🙏 Remember the movie DEAD MAN WALKING? Susan Sarandon’s character represents the truth of Christianity.

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    • Thanks Larry … and I didn’t think I was even ranting this time! 😉 You may be right that it is not the majority of Christians who support the death penalty … If I have spoken where I had no knowledge, I apologize. Unfortunately, as often happens, a handful have given the entire group a bad rep, but I should not judge the entire group by those few. I don’t think I’ve ever seen “Dead Man Walking” … I’ve heard of it, but don’t recall seeing it. I will check it out.

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  3. I totally agree with all three of your assessments of the SCOTUS decisions yesterday. The third one regarding the consumer financial advocate must be overturned with a Democratic Senate after November; no president should have unfettered control of who has that position of power!

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    • Exactly! He is already acting as an autocrat, and the CFPB was put in place to protect us, to hold financial institutions accountable, and to prevent another financial crisis. Just as the environmental regulations that Trump reversed were put in place to protect us, to protect our planet, and to attempt to slow or stop the inevitable time when the planet can no longer support life. But, Trump’s motto is “profit over people”.


  4. I’m in full agreement with you. One good call though for the wrong reasons and two bad calls. There can be no celebration of the death penalty especially as I have a friend om death row in Florida despite being innocent and it having been proved. Chris has served 30 years on death row so far while his wife has rented a house to be close to him for years. And finally with the judges help Trump has been given the opportunity to let the banks run free without limitation since oversight has been removed. Heaven help America, I don’t know whether she’s going up in flames or down in flames.

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    • Ah yes, I do remember your friend Chris … still nothing new on when (or if) he will be released? I don’t know whether we are going up or down in flames, but for sure, we cannot survive like this much longer. You guys never should have let us win our independence … we have obviously failed miserably.

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