"In the Soviet Union, Capitalism triumphed over Communism. In this country, Capitalism triumphed over Democracy."
-- Fran Lebowitz
A new round of discussions about impeaching the SCOTUS Justices (2 found here and here) is flaring up around the Internet. The most recent inspiration for Supreme Court impeachment is the Court’s current deliberation regarding the Republican-inspired/Democrat-passed legislation known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the possibility they will strike down the legislation as unconstitutional; my guess is there will be calls for impeachment from either Republicans or Democrats depending on which way the Court rules. Since the 2000 presidential election debacle, we’ve seen a trend toward inconsistent decisions form the Court. Perhaps they should be impeached.
So let’s consider the reality of this idea of impeaching these hoodwinking bamboozlers on the Bench. Consideration of that reality requires that we look at some of the major societal events in the past 12 years.
- The Court appointed a president, who then managed to promote a political hack named Roberts to head the Court.
- We’ve seen illegal wars that encompassed a variety of constitutional and treaty violations.
- We’ve seen the most blatantly and destructively deceptive presidential administration in recent history come and go with not a single member held accountable for their crimes against our own nation, other nations, or against humanity.
- We’ve watched as the Constitution has been shredded and its citizen protections eroded.
- We swept a new group of congressional representatives into Congress in 2006 thinking they might perceive a mandate to uphold the laws of our nation and honor the international treaties to which the United States is a signatory. Then we watched as they told us the only remedy we had to uphold those laws and to hold accountable their violators– impeachment – was “off the table”.
In 2008 we saw a vote on a FISA amendment that expanded governmental power to wiretap and invade privacy in other ways without warrants. The vote of support in the House of Representatives for this abatement of constitutional protections included 105 Democrats and 188 Republicans. The Senate vote of support was 68 to 29:
Overall, only 56% of Senate Democrats voted against FISA. If they had voted with such uniformity as did Republicans on FISA, the bill would not likely have cleared the Senate. But 42% of Senate Democrats, 21 in total, peeled off to join Republicans in backing the FISA bill. A weak majority of Senate Democrats associated with the Democratic Leadership Council, 55%, supported the FISA bill and DLC Democrats comprised the core of Democratic Party FISA support: 71.4%.
For those who may not know about The Family (also The Fellowship) the “elite Christian” conservative group of politicians in American government primarily concerned with political power for elites, and to which some Democrats do belong, these video clips provide a quick introduction.
A new president from the Democrat Party was elected in 2008 on a progressive campaign of “change” and undoing the damage of the previous administration and we watched as he abandoned virtually every one of those progressive campaign assurances. While still a Senator, after voting for the FISA Bill referenced above, which included retroactive immunity for lawbreaking by the FBI and certain telecommunications corporations, Obama stated, “[The bill] does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses." But just barely more than a month after taking office in 2009, the Obama Administration supported the immunity statute Senator Obama said he would fight. And some of the worst aspects of the previous administration, instead of being reduced or eliminated, have been accentuated.
In a move straight out of the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel, a secret decision made by the Obama administration’s OLC provided retroactive legal justification for the FBI and telecommunications companies to improperly collect the phone records of American citizens.
So, instead of fighting the retroactive immunity, as Obama said he would, “…the Obama administration’s OLC provided retroactive legal justification for the FBI and telecommunications companies to [break the law of the land].”
More recently we’ve seen the guarantee against “unreasonable searches and seizures” in the Constitution virtually eliminated by the recent SCOTUS ruling making it acceptable for police to strip-search any and all citizens arrested for the slightest of offenses, even when there is no reasonable expectation of weapons or contraband, even for something as minor as a traffic ticket. This particular anti-Constitutional transgression by the Supreme Court seems uniquely onerous in light of the excused lawlessness of the previous administration, and now the current one.
And now, we have seen congressional Democrats and Obama repeal relatively new regulations on the very financial industry that has brought our entire society to the brink of collapse because of the repeal of earlier regulations in the Glass-Steagall Act, in 1999. Congress passed, and Obama signed the JOBS Act, supposedly to create jobs. Try to follow their reasoning; unregulated financial speculation led to the Great Depression, so the Glass-Steagall Act was passed to regulate speculation; repealing the Glass-Steagall Act regulations led to financial fraud and economic collapse, so Congress implemented new regulations (albeit somewhat weaker regulations) and, now, Congress has weakened those regulations further. As Jim Hightower reports, “…the so-called "onerous" regulations that Congress eliminated primarily are the extremely useful financial disclosure rules passed a decade ago to prevent another Enron scandal.” Makes perfect sense, right? We’ll see jobs created by repeating the same mistakes that eliminated so many jobs in the first place; I get it.
Of course, Congress feigned deception by calling the legislation the JOBS Act (JOBS = Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups); a title that has nothing to do with creating jobs but instead reopens loopholes for more Enron-type frauds and speculation. I say, “Congress feigned deception,” because the title of this bill doesn’t even rise to the level of deception; it is effectively a giant, unabashedly honest “SCREW YOU!” (at least it’s honest) shouted by congressional Democrats at the Democratic base because these representatives AND Obama know their base will never vote for anyone else. This is the glorious benefit of the so-called lesser-of-two-evils vote.
The point I’m making is that impeachment of the SCOTUS Justices is enacted by the same Congress comprised of essentially the same members who refused to impeach the war criminals of the previous administration even with an abundance of evidence of criminality, the same members who insist on more tax breaks for the wealthiest top one percent of Americans while diminishing programs that strengthen the well-being of average Americans and the middle class, and the same Democrats that continue to shout “SCREW YOU!” to the lesser-of-two-evils voters who refuse to hold them accountable. I mean, really, who did not see this Supreme Court battle coming even before the PPACA legislation passed?
Do we know for certain the Democrats, or at least some of them, weren’t planning on this being overturned from the start when they immediately abandoned “Single-Payer”? Yeah, I doubt it, too, but you wonder; Right? Honestly, does anyone truly believe, even for a millisecond, that these congressional representatives would impeach the SCTOUS Justices for overturning the PPACA? Republicans want it overturned and Democrats will spin it into political gamesmanship, either way; they really have little to lose. Impeach the SCOTUS Justices? ABSURD!!!