July 6, 2005
Congress, White House, Supreme Court
The coup of 2000 came about when five members of the Supreme Court appointed George W. Bush president of the United States. Since then it has been like watching a disaster in slow motion; EPA, public education, the wall between church and state, CAFTA, outrageous debt, a breath-taking trade imbalance, an invasion without justification let alone a plan, the takeover of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. And now we turn to the Supreme Court again. We have come full circle. This time the appointments will cement for decades the agenda of James Dobson, Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich.
Scared? You had better be scared. We are looking to reversal of Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, not to mention the end of affirmative action.
My old pal Howard Cosell used to say with disgust, "You deserve whatever you get." While not really true, in this case perhaps Howard is correct. We knew all the marbles were on the table in 2004 and yet the right out-hustled those who reject the rightwing agenda. So buckle your seat belt folks, we are in for a wild and crazy ride.
I'm not making this up. Reports are that the right will spend more than $50 million promoting their choice for the Supreme Court to replace Justice O'Connor, and then, according to script, Justice Rhenquist will resign and we will start all over again. (Rove and Cheney wouldn't want two vacancies at one time. Too likely to create a deal--one moderate for one Scalia type.)
Our future is in the hands of 50 or so moderates in the Senate. Can they gather their guts to make this fight a winner? Don't bet the ranch, but don't sit idly by and watch either. Too much is at stake.
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