Whenever I have mentioned the Supreme Court this year, the responses have been powerful. There is a growing sense of dislike, discomfort, fear, of the Court. Understandably so.
This past week I decided to write about the present members of the Court one at a time. Randomly. The first was Associate Justice Anthony Alito. The responses to the blog the strongest I have received to any subject.
People have become aware of what once was the silent branch of government. They have come to realize the immense power the Court has. They realize the power is unbridled and can do harm instead of good.
Today’s blog concerns the Supreme Court again.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote an opinion piece on the Court 10/9/21. Titled: The Supreme Court v. Reality. Dowd closely follows the court. This is one of many articles she has written on the subject.
Today’s blog is a series of quotes taken from her most recent article.
“Ordinarily staid and silent Supreme Court justices have become whirling and dervishes of late, spinning madly to rebut the idea that Americans are beginning to regard the court as a dangerous cabal of partisan hacks.’
“No one is beginning to think that. Many of us have thought that for a long time.”
“Supreme Court justices in the words of Shakespeare “doth protest too much, methinks.”
“Bloom came off the robe” in 2000 when the court “threw the game on Bush v. Gore, voting 5-4 to stop the Florida recount and anoint a Republican president.”
Bush gave us “20 years of quicksand in Afghanistan.” A disaster in many ways. Friday’s headline: “Son of Afghanistan’s former Defense Minister buys $20.9 million Beverly Hills mansion.”
“The right wing justices may as well embrace their reputation for hackery…..in this blockbuster year” with abortion and second amendment on the table “they are going to make rulings that will drive people crazy, rulings that will be out of sync with what most Americans believe.”
“So please, conservative cabal, don’t pretend you’re not doing this out of ideology.”
“America, can we have term limits? Justices should not be on the court for 30 years, or into their late 80s.”
“Chief Justice Roberts, who did not want the court to be seen as too extreme, has lost control because there are five more rabid conservatives running over him.”
“Ignore the charade of the parade of justices protesting that they are pure and neutral Nobody’s buying it. We all know it’s a disaster if the country’s going one way and the court’s going the other.”
“The Least Dangerous Branch, as the court was once known, has become the Most Dangerous Branch.”
Some of Maureen Dowd’s thoughts from yesterday. She is right on.
Problems at the Supreme Court level grow each day and metastasize like cancer. The time for solutions at hand. The usual ones may not work. Time to start thinking outside the box.
Enjoy your Sunday!