Okay, friends, it’s been a while since I’ve let the snark roll and today I think it’s high time! It’s building up and causing me to be a very grumpy ol’ gal, so hold onto your hats while I share just a wee bit of my angst this afternoon …
Equal Justice Under Law
Those are the words engraved above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building. Apparently, some of the nine justices sitting on the Court today never look up as they are entering the building. Per Justice Clarence Thomas, husband of the notorious January 6th coup supporter …
“I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad. I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country, and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.”
That “tremendously bad” thing he was talking about wasn’t his wife’s contribution to the attemped coup last year, nor was it the draft of the decision to reverse Roe v Wade, but rather the fact that the draft was leaked. Now, a couple of points here … there is much speculation that it was leaked with full knowledge and support of at least one of the justices. More to the point, though … speaking about “undermining the institutions” … what is being undermined is the purpose of the institutions, what they are intended to accomplish. The U.S. Supreme Court is intended to hear disputes and make a final decision based on the Constitution and on what is best for the people of this nation. In a number of recent rulings, they appear to have made their decisions based on what the Republican Party wants, not what is best for any of us. So, Clarence …
Another one speaks up too late
Former Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper, has written a book ironically titled A Sacred Oath. It is yet another ‘tell-all’ book about the former guy’s ignorance and inhumanity. Now, I haven’t read the book … I may or may not, I’m as yet undecided … but I’ve read a few reviews and snippets that were published in the media. In the book, Esper apparently tells that Trump wanted to shoot at civilians protesting against racism in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and suggested that the Pentagon launch Patriot missiles at drug laboratories in Mexico — saying no one would know the United States was responsible. This one thing exemplifies the utter stupidity of the former guy and proves that we barely dodged the bullet from 2017-2021.
My question for Mr. Esper is this: WHY THE SAM HELL didn’t he make this public as it happened, rather than two years after the fact??? Does he expect to be hailed a hero for letting us know how close we came to being shot for exercising our 1st Amendment rights, or how close we came to starting a war with our ally, Mexico? I’m quite sure there are some interesting, nay fascinating, tidbits in Mr. Esper’s book, but I have zero respect for him, for he could have gone to the proper authorities, could have stood before Congress and told what he knew back in early 2020, and it might … just might have been enough to finally convince the U.S. Senate to finally convict and remove the criminal from the Oval Office. WHY did he wait?
Today, we face the very real threat that the former guy will run for office again in 2024 and a truly catastrophic threat that he could win, which would be the end of this nation as we’ve known it. Mr. Esper could have been a hero, but instead he continued to be a loyal lapdog to a madman and is now attempting to profit from it via book royalties. Apparently his ‘Oath’ wasn’t so ‘Sacred’ to him after all, eh?
Summer of Rage
Summer doesn’t officially begin for more than a month, but it has already been dubbed the “Summer of Rage”, as a result of the many protests supporting women’s rights, specifically Roe v Wade, across the nation this past weekend. In Washington D.C., more than 20,000 protestors marched in protest of the Supreme Court’s pending decision to overturn Roe, and similar protests occurred in nearly every major city in the nation. The people are making their voices heard loud and clear, but it is doubtful whether it will have any impact on the decision by the Court, since the nine justices are guaranteed their job for life and have no need to even consider the voice of the people.
Members of Congress, on the other hand, do serve at the will of the people and after the Senate refused to support women’s rights last week, it may well be that certain Republicans will face an uphill battle. Frankly, I hope every damn one of Republicans in both chambers of Congress who are up for re-election this November lose by a landslide. Apparently, most of them did not get the memo stating that women are people too. Women’s rights are Civil Rights. We are not some strange space aliens who must be controlled, nor are we objects created solely for men’s pleasure, as most Republican males seem to believe. Summer of Rage, eh? Looks like it’s gonna be a long, hot summer.