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A House Divided

By Cireal Americanus

A far cry from the 1773 Boston Tea Party, the political landscape of the Republican Party has been expanded to include the emergence of an extreme right faction known as the Taxed Enough Already Party or Tea Party.  Although, both the 1773 and the 2009 movements originated as a result of frustrations over what was believed to be unjustified, unfair and over taxation levied by “Government”, their final impact, however, on their overall causes is turning out to be very different.

 Today’s Tea Party, consisting of a large coalition of small groups, is more primarily focused on “fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets”, while deliberately avoiding the more traditional conservative social philosophies such as banning Gay Marriage and Abortion.  This dramatic move from the parties more traditional social focus is an attempt to attract/retain potential allies found in the younger Republican, Independent and disenfranchised Democrat voters.   Party leaders justify their break in tradition on the basis that social issues hold little value when faced with the threat of passing on enormous debt to future generations. 

 The Tea Party’s emergence, however, does not come without a cost to the GOP, i.e. Matthew 12:25 (amplified) “…..no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand.”  Many Republican Incumbent candidates seeking election have found that fear of this movement has forced them to take positions far to the Right of the same fiscal values that initially got them into elected office. 

 While recent elections held on June 8th found Tea Party backed candidates to be the victors in some of the GOP Primaries, i.e. Meg Whitman ( Gubernatorial Candidate CA), Susana Martinez (Gubernatorial Candidate NM), Nikki Haley (Gubernatorial Candidate SC), and Sue Lowden (Senate Candidate Nevada), political analyst have expressed concerns that these same candidates may have now alienated essential voting demographics necessary for them to secure sought after offices in November, thus providing dramatically weakened opposition to their Democrat opponents. 

 Although the Tea Party started out with a lot of steam, the final impact may result in a great bit of fizzle.  Only time will tell………..

Here Come The Judge

 

Many who read this article will probably know little to nothing about the Sammy Davis Jr. comedic skit on Laugh-In (NBC ’68 – ’73) “Here Come the Judge.” While most Americans have been entertained by the Obama v. McCain campaign, they have failed to focus on the upcoming presidential appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court has tremendous influence on current legislation and these appointments elevate this presidential election to the most important in a generation.

  

This extremely critical topic has taken a back seat to the “War in Iraq”, the Economy, Health Care, the passing of the FISA bill, Campaign Reform and Public Financing, as well as the latest Surrogate attack on the opposing party. This is not to say that these topics are not valid points of discussion. This is to say the upcoming appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court have the potential to continue to move the U.S. toward a country of equality for all or turn back the hands of time by overturning legislation put in place within the last four (4) decades.

 

The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially referred to by the acronym SCOTUS) is the highest judicial body in the United States, and leads the federal judiciary. It consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight Associate Justices, who are all nominated by the President and confirmed with the “advice and consent” of the U.S. Senate.

 

Justices serve “during good Behaviour,” which terminates at death, resignation, retirement, or conviction on impeachment. All that to say that the overall term for a U.S. Supreme Court Justice is for Life. This leaves little to no opportunity for the changes in Presidential administrations to impact the Courts make-up. Over the last couple decades, the most nominations by a single President during their term in office has been two (2). This means the decisions the Court makes will not only impact our lives but have the potential to impact the next 3 to 4 generations.

 

U.S. Supreme Court Justices:

Name

Age

Nominating President

Nomination Year

Chief Justice John Roberts

53

George W. Bush

2005

Samuel Alito Jr.

58

George W. Bush

2006

Stephen Breyer

69

Bill Clinton

1994

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

75

Bill Clinton

1993

Clarance Thomas

60

George H.W. Bush

1991

David H. Souter

69

George H.W. Bush

1990

Anthony Kennedy

72

Ronald Reagan

1988

Antonin Scalia

72

Ronald Reagan

1986

John Paul Stevens

88

Gerald Ford

1975

 

During the term of the next President there is the potential to Appoint up to four (4) Supreme Court Justices with the potential retirement of Justices Stevens (88), Ginsburg (75), and Souter (68). This may not seem significant until you consider the fact that these nominations have the potential to impact 33% of the current Court make-up and ideologies.

 

This becomes even more significant when you consider that on issues such as Gun Control, the Death Penalty, the Right of Detainees, there is a 5 to 4 split decision regarding each of these cases. The nomination of just one Supreme Court Justice could change the standings of these decisions by itself let alone four (4).

 

For an Obama administration, these nominations would serve to solidify the “Progressive” ideology base that is impacted by the retirements of the aforementioned Liberal (Anit Death Penalty, Pro Affirmative Action, Pro Gun Control, Pro Choice, etc.) Justices. These appointments also provide, as Senator Obama states, “the opportunity to continue the perfecting of our Union.”

 

A perfecting that emphasizes individual rights and equality and considers individual liberty to be the most important political goal. (A.K.A. The Age of Enlightenment, which is united by the principles of extensive freedom of thought and speech, limitations on the power of governments, the rule of law, the free exchange of ideas, a market or mixed economy, and a transparent system of government.) For a McCain administration, where John McCain has come out publicly against abortion as well as other Liberal issues and has pledged to nominate Conservative (Pro Death Penalty, Pro Life, Anti Affirmative Action, etc.) Justices.

 

This would provide the Conservative base an opportunity to not only change legislation from the past 25 years, e.g. the Pro-life decision of Roe vs. Wade (circa 1973), but institutionalize these type of changes for generations to come. In this case, timing is everything and the need to support the right candidate is clear. With the average age of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices being Sixty-eight (68), we can consider Senator Obama to be the right candidate and this the right time.

 

For those of you who have never seen the “Laugh-in” skit view here: 

 

 

 

 

 

Hating On Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Washington D.C.

Why do many African-Americans dislike their brother Supreme Court Justice Thomas? Could it be that label placed upon him of being an Uncle Tom? Or is it as simple as him being a Republican?

Maybe if they take the time to learn more about their brother they’d possibly have a change of opinion. Ironically, Justice Thomas has just released a book – My Grandfather’s Son – that is a memoir recounting his life. This is a great opportunity to learn just how much this brother has experienced and accomplished. Justice Thomas deserves to be placed in a position of respect and honor.

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Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D.) Is Still A Bigot

How does an 89 year old, racist, former Ku Klux Klan member continue to serve in the U.S. Senate and nobody question it? The short answer is that he is powerful… he sits third in line to the presidency behind VP Dick Cheney and House Leader Nancy Pelosi.

This is the same bigot, who in his autobiography is proud that he became the Grand Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops (leader) of the West Virginia Ku Klux Klan.

Byrd commented about the 1945 movement to racially integrate  the American military when he was 28 years old and active in the KKK. He wrote to segregationist Sen. Theordore Bilbo, of Mississippi, vowing never to serve in such a military:

Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.
I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side.

In fact, why the hell aren’t people calling for this guy to go back to West Virginia… this is an outrage and direct slap in the face to African-Americans! Where is the Congressional Black Congress on this issue? Where is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? Where is the Black Elite? Silent as they always are when the very system they bow down to  slaps them and their mother in the face to let them know their place.

Does it really shock you that a United States Senator that has served in the Congress since 1958 can appear on a national TV broadcast and use the word “Nigger?” What shocks me is that there is no loud voice in opposition of this ignorance and public offense towards African-Americans… maybe I’m not shocked, just mad as hell. 

Watch this clip and tell me what is going on in DC…