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Jack is a graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in history. His career in the life and health insurance industry involved medical risk selection and brokerage management. Retired for two decades after many years in NJ and NY, he occasionally writes, paints, plays poker, participates in play readings and is catching up on Shakespeare, Melville and Joyce, etc.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

09-25-2022 - Forty-Three Days Until Election Day

 

There are many subjects that might be addressed in a blog posting. However important or interesting they might be, I am postponing them in favor of the following message. It is very important. Please read it, and as I frequently ask you, please forward it to others, many others!

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In Regard to the Upcoming Election, Only a Few Weeks Away:

·      If you support the right of a woman to choose to have an abortion, or

·      If you support increased gun control measures to reduce the frequency of mass murders, or

·      If you support a broadening, not a narrowing, of access to voting for all Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity,

In Florida, your choice is a simple one.  Governor DeSantis, Senator Rubio, and almost all Republican legislators in Congress and State legislatures OPPOSE these things. 

Democrats, like Val Demings and Charlie Crist SUPPORT them.

(And if you are not a Florida voter, the same kinds of simple choices will be on your ballot in your State.) 

That is why you should only vote for Democrats and get your like-minded friends and relatives to do the same.  Please remember that a vote for any Republican who does not denounce the defeated former president, in any election whatsoever, is actually a vote for the replacement of democracy with the authoritarian rule he represents. 

In addition, you should make a commitment to personally work hard to bring about the election victories on November 8 that are necessary to help democracy survive in the United States of America.  Your help is sorely needed. Without your efforts, these victories just will not happen, and democracy will suffer.

It comes down to:

·                     Registering voters,  

·                     Making telephone calls, 

·                     Sending emails, 

·                     Writing postal cards, 

·                     Knocking on doors.  

 

Here is some contact information to help you do these essential things:

activateamerica.vote  …. Visit this website to connect with national phonebanks, email, and postal card writing campaigns keyed to crucial races.

Palm Beach County Democratic Party - 561 562 8102 (sign up for local programs in which you can participate.)  Elsewhere, just call your local Democratic Party.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections - 561 656 6200 (for registration and voting location information). Elsewhere, just call your local Supervisor of Elections.

The websites of candidates such as Val Demings and Charlie Crist both offer the opportunity to make donations to pay for their campaigns.  TV ads and signs are not inexpensive. 

Get to work now.  Don’t put it off until tomorrow.  Too much is at stake.   I’ve given you all the contacts you need. 

Democracy depends on you! 

 

JL

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America Afloat 

 


(A poem that is always worth repeating in these blog postings. To learn more, visit this blog's posting of July 30, 2022, accessible from the Archives off to the right.)       JL

 

 



America Afloat

 Jack Lippman

 The greatness of America

Is that it does survive

Attacks upon democracy

Whose flame it keeps alive.

 

The laws that blossom from the words

The Founding Fathers wrote

Still serve us well today to keep

America afloat.

 

This doesn’t happen by itself,

We cannot wish it true,

The bottom line, my friends, is that

It all depends on you.

 

 JL                        

 

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                 That’s Not Enough!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

09-22-2022 - Two Legal Actions Concerning the DFP, the '1619 Project' Re-Visited and Some Election News

 

Mob Bosses, their Kids,
Puffery, Marxism, and Lawn Mowers

Usually, mob bosses go to great pains to keep their family, especially their children, out of their activities.  Better that they should become doctors, dentists, or go into some legitimate business or profession … or even become clergy.  It adds a bit to their very thin veneer of legitimacy. The Defeated Former President, whose dishonest activities are being increasingly revealed, looks more and more like such a boss.  But he seems to have lacked the wisdom to keep his kids out of his activities, having deluded himself into believing that what he was doing was actually legitimate. 

His attorneys’ tactics are devoted to the strategy of bringing about repeated delays in his day of reckoning, hopefully moving it to a point beyond his lifetime.  But because of his stupidity, that will not get his children off of the hook!

Look for at least one of them to renounce their American citizenship and seek refuge in some other country which, for a price, will give them the protection of another nationality.

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And getting back to the Defeated Former President’s ‘dishonest’ activities, specifically those in New York State, some seem to believe they are no more than an extension of the ‘puffery’ and exaggeration which seems to be an acceptable part of the real estate business where, up to a point, lying is always okay!  The acceptance of this by other parts of the economy, particularly banks, discredits the real estate business, and along with it, business practices in other parts of the private sector as well, and encourages those who would like to see capitalism replaced by a totalitarian Marxist system.  Should that ever happen, we would have the DFP to partially blame for it.

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Simplifying the details of the DFP’s woes, particularly in New York State, the Trump Organization consistently overvalued its properties to get loans and consistently undervalued the same properties so they would be taxed for less, and this practice, it appears was carried out at the DFP’s direction.  It is obviously illegal. 

The big question to my mind, however, seems to be who was harmed by his lies and acts.  Except for the money-hungry dummies at Deutschbank who knew that he was a deadbeat but gave him credit anyway, no lenders fell for them, so the real victims seem to have been the citizens of New York State, New York City, and elsewhere (possibly making it a federal case involving the IRS?) who were deprived of tax revenue because of his undervaluing of properties.  

As for the wealth his fraudulently acquired reputation as a billionaire businessman brought him, I cannot see those who believed his lies as victims entitled to recompense.  Any business or personal decisions they made, based on his lies, is still their fault, not his.  

In my opinion, although this is presently a civil matter, it might eventually morph into criminal cases, where stronger evidence is required, on both the federal and State levels.  (It had earlier been a criminal case in New York State but had been dropped.  With new and stronger evidence coming out almost daily, however, it may again become one.)

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And on the same day that the New York State Attorney General swung into action, the decision of the inexperienced Florida federal judge appointed by the DFP was thrown out by the federal Eleventh District Court of Appeals.  Her ruling had limited the Department of Justice from using some of the stolen government documents they had recovered using a court-issued search warrant (not a ‘raid’ as the DFP and those on FoxSnooze refer to it) from Mar-a-Lago,  Now they can get back to work!  My gut reaction to that is that the Supreme Court will refuse to accept a further appeal of that decision, if the DFP looks in that direction, leaving him up the creek without a paddle.


Summing up, as we used to say in Newark, ‘his ass is grass and they’re coming after him with a lawnmower.’  In this case, from several directions.

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Yesterday amidst all of this news, during a commercial break, I switched from MSNBC to Fox to see what they had to say about the two big legal actions mentioned above.  There was Laura Ingraham sarcastically pointing out how President Biden had mumbled too much during his address to the UN regarding cooperating to bring about peace in Ukraine.  

Earlier, I understand that Sean Hannity had hosted the DFP on Fox where he claimed he could ‘de-classify’ documents by just saying, or even just thinking in his head, that they were 'de-classified.'   Sooner or later, the courts are going to say that Fox has crossed the line between being protected by the First Amendment and aiding or abetting criminal actions.

JL

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Adding to the Material in the Last Blog

Posting Concerning the ‘1619 Project’

Nicole Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer Prize winning essay that introduced the ‘1619 Project,’ made it clear that Blacks in the United States, prior to the end of the Civil War, were not considered part of the American people, despite evidence that the new nation’s success was dependent to a great extent upon their labor.  They received no credit for that. How could they, being held in bondage, as chattels, someone else’s property, from the first importation of slaves to what ultimately became the United States in 1619 until the Civil War ended that bondage?  Only then, when their bondage ended, did an identity emerge, and that was as ‘Americans,’ having been here for generations, going back to 1619, finally making them part of the American people.

Her essay claims that our democracy was not really declared in 1776, but only after the end of slavery 89 years later, when the definition of those ‘who were created equal’ was changed to include those whose skin was not white.

Her essay concluded with these words: “ We were told once, by virtue of our bondage, that we could never be American.  But it was by virtue of our bondage that we became the most American of all.”

To some, this implies that other Americans, whose forebearers did not share the experience of coming here in chains, were ‘less American’ than the freed slaves whose ‘American identity’ was born right here on these shores after the Civil War   This bothered many. Some turned to today’s extremist Republicans, including their white supremacist component, who offered a home to those who disagreed with her ideas.

There has been criticism of the ‘1619 Project,’ including that of its historical accuracy.  Some of the essays are not as convincing as Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Pulitzer prize winner.  I suggest that you might review the previous posting on this blog, on September 18, 2022, where the ‘1619 Project’ is mentioned and also read the Pulitzer winning essay itself.  It can be found by 'googling' 'Nicole Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project essay' (Since originally  including a link to the essay on the blog, I have received several malware warnings from my virus protection program so I have deleted the link.)

There are numerous articles available online, some critical, relating to the ‘1619 Project’ which you might want to check out as well.  Then, make up your own mind as to this proposed revision in the teaching of American history.

JL

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Keeping Voting Simple and Effective

In reading books, newspapers, magazines, and watching television, I am overwhelmed by the number of, and the enormity of, the many real and the many fabricated issues challenging democracy in America today.  It boggles the mind.  I could make a list, as you probably could too, of them and it would fill this page.   

Whenever I see a ‘talking head’ on television in their home with bookcases filled with impressive volumes in the background, I wonder when, if ever, they get the time to read them.  Reading books takes time!  Being overwhelmed with issues seems to be the default position these days.

I do note, however, that when I find time to look into these issues, I usually find that consistently, Democratic candidates are usually on one side and Republican candidates on the other.  Nowadays, there is no such thing as a consensus being reached.  Most of the time, I find that I agree with the positions of the Democrats on issues at which I do look.

If you are unwilling or unable to spend the hours of time and effort needed to understand these issues, the simpler and most effective course of action is to always vote for Democrats and leave it at that.

The positions of Democrats in regard to abortion rights, gun violence, and voting rights clearly are in the best interest of most Americans, including you!  They are far superior to the position of the Republicans, who have allied themselves with every group imaginable that is opposed to democracy! 

So get to work.  

  • Register voters.  
  • Make telephone calls, 
  • Send emails, 
  • Write postal cards, 
  • Knock on doors.  

Don’t know where to start?  Ask me by email. (jacklippman18@gmail.com)

Today, right now, plan how you will vote (mail, early voting, or at the polls).  Make sure your friends, neighbors, and relatives who might agree with you are prepared to vote.  Those who are willing to trade in democracy for a form of authoritarian government are out there hustling and spreading lies.  You must outdo them with the truth.

 JL

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 America Afloat 


 
(A poem that is always worth repeating in these blog postings. To learn more, visit this blog's posting of July 30, 2022, accessible from the Archives off to the right.)       JL

 

 

 


America Afloat 

Jack Lippman

The greatness of America

Is that it does survive

Attacks upon democracy

Whose flame it keeps alive.

 

The laws that blossom from the words

The Founding Fathers wrote

Still serve us well today to keep

America afloat.

 

This doesn’t happen by itself,

We cannot wish it true,

The bottom line, my friends, is that

It all depends on you.

 

 JL                        

  

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                         That’s Not Enough!

                                By a Longshot

 

Sunday, September 18, 2022

09-18-2022 - Republican Trickery, The Danger of Compomising and Much More!

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DeSantis and Abbott Fly Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, NYC, and D.C. at Taxpayer Expense

Map to help locate Martha's Vineyard.  (Anyplace on
this map is superior to anyplace in DeSantis' Florida.)

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t should sicken most Americans that Republicans still pull stuff like this, sending migrants to places they consider ‘sanctuary’ cities, most recently, Martha’s Vineyard. 

It’s a reprise of what opponents of civil rights did back in the Fifties and Sixties to attempt to embarrass those who believed that skin color had nothing to do with being an American. That the Florida legislature, dominated by a bunch of heartless Republicans (the other kind seem to keep their mouths shut out of fear of losing the fascist vote) authorizes $12,000,000 to pay for these schoolyard pranks is reason enough to throw them all out of office on November 8.  Voting for any Republican is insanity.  Clinically as well as poliically

The cruel governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, taking time off from tormenting women who want an abortion, is just as bad, sending planeloads of migrants to Washington, DC, and busing them to Vice President Harris’ street and dropping them off there.  Of course, just like dumb Floridians, dumb Texans paid for this stunt, believing it was done with federal funds provided to these States, albeit for other purposes.

The federal government, which is trying mightily to solve the immigration problem on our Southern border, should not sit idly by as these two schoolyard bullies play games with these would-be immigrants’ lives, many of whom are awaiting court action on their claims of seeking asylum.  They should come back at them with whatever legal remedies are possible.

This is just another reason why it is insanity, and of course, un-American, to vote for any Republican, not that their opposition to women’s abortion rights and every single American's voting rights isn’t already enough.  Just 50 days remain until Election Day!  Regardless of where you live, your vote is essential because there are a lot of insane voters out there who will vote Republican. Vote and make sure all of your like-minded friends and relatives do too! Vote!



The poem inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty includes the words, ‘Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me.  I lift  my lamp beside the Golden Door.’ Unless you’re a Native American, you or your ancestors were immigrants to this country.  Never forget that, Ron and Greg. On what boat did your relatives cross the ocean? And was their entry into the United States totally legal?

And while on this subject, I wonder if the many fine actions of those real Americans on Martha’s Vineyard who have stepped forward to aid those put on planes as pawns by un-American Republican politicians, and whose efforts thereby kept lit the lamp beside the Golden Door about which Emma Lazarus wrote, involve a feeling of guilt for our immigration policies of the 1920s and 1930s, resulting in many deaths in the Holocaust. Could it be that Americans have listened to and heard the slogan, 'Never Again'?

JL

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When Compromise to Achieve Consensus Comes Back 

To Bite You: The Senate is the Problem

I came across an interesting theory about the American Revolution the other day.  It contends that while the Founding Fathers spoke in noble terms about ‘all men being created equal,’ etc., the Constitution they ended up producing included a couple of unconscionable concessions to Southern slaveholding States in order to get them to support its passage.  And these made a joke about ‘all men being created equal.’

Specifically, they designed a Senate where each State had two Senators, regardless of population, and at least until 1913, these weren’t even directly elected, but appointed by State legislatures.  This put a lot of power into the hands of the Senate, where this arrangement shortchanged the majority of the people, over-representing rural states with fewer people

To make things worse, this unfair composition of the Senate was carried over into the mechanism of choosing a president by an Electoral College where a State’s electoral votes included one for each of those two senators, regardless of the State’s population.  The icing on this cake was putting the confirmation of federal judges, including the Supreme Court, in the hands of the Senate, with its built-in undemocratic structure.

Some European critics saw the American Revolution as a breaking away from what they saw as a socially more progressive England so that they might be able to pass laws protecting slavery, important to a good portion of the new nation’s economy, and that all of their pious statements about democracy and equality were just so much malarky.

A couple of years ago, the ‘1619 Project,’ marking the four hundredth anniversary of the introduction of slavery into what later became the United States, was developed as an educational program.  The viewpoint explained above was included in it, although most reputable historians disagreed with its importance, pointing out that the Founding Fathers really were much more dedicated to trying to guarantee that ‘all men were created equal’ than to establishing mechanisms to impede that goal.  To get the Constitution ratified, they reluctantly made compromises that they felt the new nation would ultimately overcome.

The unpopularity of the‘1619 Project,’ because of its opening the door to viewing the Founding Fathers without their usual haloes was augmented in the eyes of many by the awarding of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for ‘commentary’ to Nickole Hannah-Jones for her essay introducing the ‘1619 Project.’  She went so far as to say that the Founding Fathers didn’t really create a nation fully dedicated to the proposition that ‘all men are created equal,’ pointing out that that didn’t happen until the passage of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, finally extending that equality to persons of color, the former slaves that the Civil War freed.

This is an interesting thing to think about, especially since the Senate today still exercises an undemocratic ‘thumb on the scale’ precisely in the manner described above.

Here’s an example. Allowing the five least populated States in the nation (Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota with their combined population of about 5,200,000, only about one and a half percent of the nation’s total population) to get to elect ten Senators, 10% of that body, seems ridiculous.  The remaining 326,800,000 of Americans do get to elect the remaining 90 Senators but that is proportionately very unfair. But that’s the way it is.

While the other deliberative half of Congress is officially called ‘the House of ‘Representatives,’ the Senate might sarcastically be called the ‘House of Non-Representation.’  It serves as a brake on there being too much representative democracy in America.  That might have been a good idea at one time, but it is not today.

The Founding Fathers did not realize how much they were giving away.  Many of the challenges the nation faces today, particularly those resulting from unpopular actions of the Supreme Court in the areas of abortion rights, gun violence, and government regulation, are the result of their compromises made in 1787, chiefly in the designing the composition of the Senate. (The Constitution took effect two years later in 1789.)  Sometimes, compromise in order to achieve consensus can come back to bite you.

JL

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The Irish Funnies

Many years ago, I was working in an office where one of the employees, an older woman, assiduously read the old New York Journal-American each morning.  When asked, she referred to what she was reading as the ‘Irish Funnies.’  (She was Irish.) 

Of course, they were that paper's extensive obituary pages and she was looking to see who had died lately.  Today, where I reside, we get that information by email, which might be called the online ‘Florida Funnies.’  It may be important information, enabling you to attend a funeral, pay a condolence call, or send a card, but it also piques your curiosity as to what new neighbor might purchase the deceased’s home, if there isn’t a widow or widower who might choose to stay on.


JL

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Threatening Cops

Does the defeated former president’s intentionally ambiguous statement saying that if he were to be indicted, there would be 'problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we've never seen before' constitute a threat to the government?  Is it an incitement to his mob of supporters as were his words on January 6?  Get pulled over for speeding and say something like that to the police officer as he starts to write out a ticket, and see how quickly he will get out his handcuffs and call for back up.

JL


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A Deluge of Emails

Maybe I’m a sucker, but I do make donations to some of the political entities which ask for them via email.  I have donated to the campaigns of Val Demings, Charlie Crist, and a few other candidates whom I want to win.  I’m not a big hitter, but they do add up to a low three-figure number. Obviously, that puts me on the list of every other Democratic candidate who wants to reach into my wallet including State and national party organizations.  (Oddly, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson who still challenges the legitimacy of President Biden's election keeps asking me for donations.  I think his campaign was dumb enough to purchase a list which turned out to be all Democrats.  That’s just typical Republican gullibility.) 

As a result, I receive, and this is no exaggeration, about ninety emails every day asking for money for various campaigns.  Fortunately, incoming mail sent to my Gmail address identifies most of these and puts them into a folder labeled ‘Promotions’ which I quickly screen each morning for emails which ended up there by mistake before deleting the rest with one click.  That whole process takes less than a minute. 


JL

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America Afloat 

 

 


(A poem that is always worth repeating in these blog postings. To learn more, visit this blog's posting of July 30, 2022, accessible from the Archives off to the right.)       JL

 

 

 

America Afloat

The greatness of America

Is that it does survive

Attacks upon democracy

Whose flame it keeps alive.

 

The laws that blossom from the words

The Founding Fathers wrote

Still serve us well today to keep

America afloat.

 

This doesn’t happen by itself,

We cannot wish it true,

The bottom line, my friends, is that

It all depends on you.

 Jack Lippman                    

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                         That’s Not Enough!

                                By a Longshot

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

09-13-2022 - Politicalizing the Courts, Arguing with the Chief Justice and Questions of Ownership

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 Mastering the Special Master & Politicalizing the Courts

Here’s the essence of a comment I posted the other day on Heather Cox Richardson’s daily newsletter, ‘Letters from an American.’

“Professor Joyce Vance (known to those who frequently see her on MSNBC as well as on her ‘SistersInLaw’ podcasts) concluded her analysis of Judge Aileen Connor’s decision concerning a Special Master who would be empowered to limit the evidence the Department of Justice can use in investigating the classified government documents purloined by the defeated former president by saying 'It is all up to the courts, now.'   

Bear in mind that the courts to which she refers include Judge Cannon's court, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District, where the appeals of Judge Cannon's decision would be heard, and possibly even the Supreme Court. These courts are loaded with appointees made by the defeated former president and it is not unlikely that they would support him. Law school professors don't make legal decisions. Judges and justices do.

The Constitution's mechanism for appointing and confirming these judges and justices does not ultimately serve the interests of most Americans, as Dobbs vs. Jackson recently proved, when the SCOTUS did away with the right to an abortion . This will take months, if not years, to iron out. Meanwhile, national security and democracy will suffer.”

Please go back and read my posting of September 10, 2022 on this blog in which I delve more deeply into this problem tracing its trail from the Republican Party, to the Senate, and on to the Supreme Court.

JL

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Displeasure With SCOTUS Decisions and With the Senate

Roberts
Although I doubt that Chief Justice John Roberts reads my blog, he clearly is bothered by what he sees as attacks on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.  My posting of September 10, again referred to above, did not attack that legitimacy, and in fact accepted it, although the Chief Justice probably would still consider it as such an attack. 

While recognizing the Court’s deficiencies, my posting focused on the difficulty of doing anything about them and settled on making the Court aware of the public’s displeasure with it and showing that by voting.  The last time I looked, expressing one's displeasure with our government or a part of it was still an acceptable part of democracy and not automatically an attack upon legitimacy.  And that includes displeasure with the Supreme Court.  If my comments on the blog attack anything, it is the way the Senate is composed and elected.  Making that more democratic would remove any concern among Americans as to the legitimacy of the Supreme Court, as well as of other things upon which the Senate acts.  My blog posting included the following paragraph: 

Long term solutions to repair the Supreme Court’s undemocratic deficiencies, such as increasing its number of Justices or removing that 'thumb from the scale,' changing the Constitution’s ‘two seats for each State’ composition of the Senate would take years to even attempt to accomplish. For the present, then, that leaves the American people with only one thing that they can do about this power given by the Constitution to the Supreme Court and that is to show their displeasure with them.’

Obviously, Justice Roberts has sensed such displeasure and has taken a glance into a mirror.  At least that is a beginning.  But he still claims, as the attached articles quote him, that you don’t want public opinion to be the guide about what the appropriate decision is.’  But public opinion voicing displeasure with the Court is not, I repeat, an attack on the Court’s legitimacy.  If my posting attacks legitimacy, it is that of the Senate, which is where the real problem originates, and not the Supreme Court, although there isn’t very much that can be done about it.

Chief Justice Robert’s concern may be found by checking out any of the articles written about it.  The Washington Post article may be found at https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/09/10/supreme-court-roberts-legitimacy/ and the Associated Press article, as it appeared in US News and World Report, may be found at https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2022-09-09/chief-justice-john-roberts-to-speak-at-colorado-conference    And my comments are there in the September 10 posting of www.jackspotpourri.com (which may, for some of you, be tacked on at the end of today's posting.)

At another session of the same mee)ting at which Roberts spoke, Justice Gorsuch said that ‘Improper efforts to influence judicial decision-making, from whatever side, from whomever, are a threat to the judicial decision-making process,’ which also makes that same point. 

Do you agree with Roberts and Gorsuch?  There is a delicate balance between our government’s legislative, executive, and judicial branches, established by the Constitution.  Are these Justices too busy defending their own turf? 

Do you feel that the ‘thumb on the scale’ provided to the Senate by the Constitution may be giving too much weight to the legislative branch of which the Senate of course is part, injecting politics into their actions, upsetting this balance?  The composition of the Electoral College and the confirming of judicial appointments is where this imbalance is most clearly visible, although it exists elsewhere as well.

Some might dream of changing the composition of the Senate to more accurately represent the population of the States but believe me, that will not happen.  Making this kind of change would require a Constitutional amendment and because the Constitution requires that three fourths of the States approve it, it just will never happen.  Too many States like it just the way it is, cherishing their overrepresentation in the Senate.  End of story!  

Thus, reform of the Senate would have to occur within that body itself by changes in the rules by which it operates, such as the filibuster, which would be easier, but still very difficult and time-consuming to bring about.  So don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen either.

And that is where we stand today, counting on the extreme displeasure of the population with the actions of the Supreme Court being sufficient to convince at least three Justices to change their positions, giving more weight to the voices of the people than Justices Roberts and Gorsuch appear to think is proper.  Combatants usually don’t get to choose where they will meet.  But, inexorably, the battleground for this struggle will be Supreme Court deliberations dealing with the right of women to have an abortion. 

It is not illegal to show extreme displeasure with the acts of government, including Supreme Court decisions, and to work to defeat candidates who do not stand up for women’s abortion rights.  As a reminder, here is the salvo with which the blog’s September 10 posting concluded.  It is repeated here because THIS IS, in my mind, THE WAY TO GO! Day after day, advertisement after advertisement, debate after debate, this should be the message!

“. . . . IF PUSHED TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, MOST REPUBLICAN OFFICEHOLDERS AND CANDIDATES WILL ADMIT TO SUPPORTING THE REPEAL OF  ROE vs. WADEeven if only to get the votes of the minority who sincerely supported repeal.  

THESE REPUBLICANS MUST BE DEFEATED!

They enable and represent minority rule, which must not be allowed to be dominant in a representative democracy.  They must not be allowed to get away with it!   IT IS AN ISSUE THAT MUST BE USED AGAINST THEM, SPEARHEADED BY ATTACKING THEIR SUPPORT OF THE REPEAL OF ROE vs WADE.

Failing to defeat them opens the door for such minority rule to change the acceptance of same-sex marriage, contraception, LGBTQ rights, and interracial marriage, all made possible through Supreme Court decisions that are now as vulnerable as it turns out that Roe vs. Wade was.  

A Supreme Court which treats the doctrine of ‘stare decisis’ (basing decisions on precedent) so lightly is to be feared.

You must voice your opinion on November 8. Massively!” 

JL

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1857 and 2022 - Questions of Ownership and the SCOTUS

Dred Scott

This is not the first time that the American people expressed displeasure with a Supreme Court that felt its decisions should not be influenced by the legislative or executive branches, nor the opinion of the American people.  In 1857, it ruled that an escaped slave living in Wisconsin for years was still the property of his former masters back ‘down south.’  It’s a complicated story, but the American people expressed so much displeasure with the Supreme Court’s decision that they elected Abraham Lincoln to the presidency three years later.  The issue was supposedly resolved by the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments and of course, the Civil War.

Current displeasure on the part of the government’s legislative and executive branches, along with that of much of the public, with the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health arises from another question of ownership.  In 1857, it involved ownership of a person, Dred Scott.  In 2022, it involves ownership, manifested by control over it, of a woman’s uterus.  But clearly, however much displeasure there might be with the Supreme Court’s decision, it must be resolved peacefully this time around.  The best way to do that is to defeat any candidate who supports that decision on November 8.  The votes of women may just accomplish that.

JL

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America Afloat 


 
(A poem that is always worth repeating in these blog postings. To learn more, visit this blog's posting of July 30, 2022, accessible from the Archives off to the right.)       JL

 



America Afloat

 Jack Lippman

 The greatness of America

Is that it does survive

Attacks upon democracy

Whose flame it keeps alive.

 

The laws that blossom from the words

The Founding Fathers wrote

Still serve us well today to keep

America afloat.

 

This doesn’t happen by itself,

We cannot wish it true,

The bottom line, my friends, is that

It all depends on you.

 

 JL                        


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