We’ve been dealing with a sociopath as president who is most times delusionary and incomprehensible. The problem appears to have spread to the Supreme Court. At the impeachment hearings John Roberts reveals that he has been asleep at the wheel for the last three year or more years. The Senate isn’t what it used to be. Quite unbelievably in 2020, this week, he actually stated:
“I think it is appropriate for me to admonish both the House managers and the President’s counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,”
Medicynical Note: With such feckless chutzpah I can only believe that the Chief Justice does not recognize his role in the decline of the Senate, which today is anything but the worlds greatest anything, much less, a deliberative body.
“Ten years to the day before Trump’s impeachment trial began, the Supreme Court released its Citizens United decision, plunging the country into the era of super PACs and unlimited, unregulated, secret campaign money from billionaires and foreign interests. Citizens United, and the resulting rise of the super PAC, led directly to this impeachment. The two Rudy Giuliani associates engaged in key abuses — the ouster of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, the attempts to force Ukraine’s president to announce investigations into Trump’s political opponents — gained access to Trump by funneling money from a Ukrainian oligarch to the president’s super PAC.”
“The Roberts Court’s decisions led to this moment in indirect ways, as well. The court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County gutted the Voting Rights Act and spurred a new wave of voter suppression. The decision in 2014′s McCutcheon further surrendered campaign finance to the wealthiest. The 2018 Janus decision hobbled the ability of labor unions to counter wealthy donors, while the 2019 Rucho ruling blessed partisan gerrymandering, expanding anti-democratic tendencies.”
I’m doubtful that the country will recover from these insults and develop real insight anytime soon.