Monday, October 01, 2018

Republicans’ Constitutional gamble

Every day we can see political memes shared on Facebook. Most of them don’t bother to provide a source, which makes it much harder to verify the claims made. For me, that generally means I just ignore whatever the meme is, but I decided to check out one I saw today (at left). It turns out, it’s true.

The meme talks about a pending Supreme Court case, Gamble v United States, and one possible implication is exactly what the meme suggests: It could wipe out two centuries of legal tradition in the USA and, oh, you know, just purely coincidentally, of course, make it possible for the co-conspirators of the current occupant of the White House to avoid ANY prosecution for their crimes if the current occupant pardons them.

However, for the current occupant, it’s not really about his co-conspirators, it’s about his family. Assuming that his kids and/or son-in-law are indicted and convicted of crimes, the current occupant could pardon them and ensure they’d face no charges in state courts, either. It would be the ultimate “get out of jail free” card.

Curiously, on September 11 troglodyte Republican US Senator Orrin Hatch filed an amicus brief arguing in favour of the position that would help the current occupant. In a piece in The Atlantic“A Supreme Court Case Could Liberate Trump to Pardon His Associates”—an employee of Hatch “denied that his brief was inspired by the Mueller investigation”, though that’s clearly not actually true, because that’s exactly what this is all about and we all know it.

And that’s one of the reasons Republicans want to ram their guy’s nomination through the Senate as quickly as possible. That, and the certainty that he’d rule that a sitting president cannot be indicted (if they’re Republican…) means that all hope of bringing the current occupant to justice would be cut off.

That’s on top of the radical rightwing agenda they all know he’ll help them lock in for at least a generation.

Confirming the Republican extremist to the Court is key to everything they all want. We must all hope they never get what they want.

I have no idea who originally made the meme above, so I can't give them credit.

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