Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Taney Court II

Well, they did it. Despite anti-Islamic rhetoric from the Trump administration, in the case of Trump v. Hawaii, the Roberts Court held that the Administration's travel ban is not discriminatory and therefore continues in effect. Three weeks before, the same Court and same justices held that statements critical of religion by a state board invalidated a decision in the discrimination case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Not at all coincidentally, all three of the Court's women dissented.

There is no law any more, only the whim of the Court's conservatives.

There will be more analysis forthcoming but, in addition to the specific awfulness of this decision, it is deferential to dictatorial power on the part of the Executive, which, at a time of enormous abuse of such power, is idiotic.

In the coming decades we will probably see the Court rule in favor of various racist, sexist, and classist policies. We will see attempts to re-implement the system of racial segregation at the state level. I do not believe the fight is lost. People will fight, and fight hard. In many states they will win. But we will likely enter a period of internal terrorism; a second Civil War.

Thank you Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kennedy, and Thomas. Thank you Democratic Senators who didn't fight the nominations of Alito and Gorsuch when it mattered.

Goodbye to the United States for at least a generation.

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