Friday, August 17, 2012

The meaning of this year's election


This year's presidential election is one of the most important in America's entire history and the reason is simple to the point of stark. It is all about who is going to fill any vacancies in the Supreme Court in the next four years.
That simple.
The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision making money "speech" and corporations "people" was a coup d'etat in everything but name.  America is now in the hands of its billionaires to dispose of as they wish.
If the Tea Party crazed Republicans win the White House in 2012 and get to choose the next justices of the court, this will mean that democracy as we know it in the USA will be finished and all that will be left of it is a shell.
Here is a shopping list of issues this will affect besides campaign financing;
The implications for such issues as abortion, same-sex marriage, the establishment of religion, affirmative action, the rights of women, voting rights, congressional authority, the death penalty, gun control, and criminal procedure are dramatic. Geoffrey R. Stone - Huffington Post
So that is the bottom line to end all bottom lines. If you live in a swing state that is up for grabs and you go fishing on election day and Romney wins... even your great grandchildren will have cause to curse you. DS

2 comments:

Vizsla said...

I'm not sure you've got this one right, David. The Republican Party is no longer the issue. They've declared themselves. It takes little effort to see what their platform is really about.

The present Democratic party, however, has distinguuished itself as politically incompetent (perhaps not so much at the presidential level, but certainly everywhere else), unskilled and unfocused in governance (how vacancies will the Obama administration allow to just *lie* there and rot?), and inutterably weak in congressional maneuverings and everyday political machinations.

I don't want that old canard of "protect the Supreme Court" dragged out, because the current administration has so utterly failed at judicial nominations to the ZDedderal and Appeals courts, that believing they could marshal a significant Supreme Court nominee through the Congressional thicket suggests one has had one too many kool-ades of a particular sort.

The party has taken our votes for granted for so long, it's no longer useful to point out it repeatedly defecates on its base, both in ethnically and politically. As long as good folk such as yourself haul out the ol' "well…we might stink, but the other guys stink more" argument, we're all doomed anyway.

Given the current DOJ and policies supporting virtually every objectionable Bush policy vis a vis privacy, Habeas Corpus, SEC enforcement etc. et al, what makes you believe for a second that the Dems *are* better than their reputed adversaries?

I won't regret a Republican administration. I've survivied them before. I don;t think I can survive the current manifestation of the Democratic party.

Vizsla said...

I'm not sure you've got this one right, David. The Republican Party is no longer the issue. They've declared themselves. It takes little effort to see what their platform is really about.

The present Democratic party, however, has distinguuished itself as politically incompetent (perhaps not so much at the presidential level, but certainly everywhere else), unskilled and unfocused in governance (how vacancies will the Obama administration allow to just *lie* there and rot?), and inutterably weak in congressional maneuverings and everyday political machinations.

I don't want that old canard of "protect the Supreme Court" dragged out, because the current administration has so utterly failed at judicial nominations to the ZDedderal and Appeals courts, that believing they could marshal a significant Supreme Court nominee through the Congressional thicket suggests one has had one too many kool-ades of a particular sort.

The party has taken our votes for granted for so long, it's no longer useful to point out it repeatedly defecates on its base, both in ethnically and politically. As long as good folk such as yourself haul out the ol' "well…we might stink, but the other guys stink more" argument, we're all doomed anyway.

Given the current DOJ and policies supporting virtually every objectionable Bush policy vis a vis privacy, Habeas Corpus, SEC enforcement etc. et al, what makes you believe for a second that the Dems *are* better than their reputed adversaries?

I won't regret a Republican administration. I've survivied them before. I don;t think I can survive the current manifestation of the Democratic party.