This Week at SCOTUS

“Well, Doctor, what have we got–a Republic or a Monarchy?”
“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

I’m not all that fussed about it, to tell the truth.  Don’t misunderstand; I think the Supremes have done excellent work this week, if their goal was to stop all this crazy talk of Kelo v. New London being the worst decision of the last 10 years.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

The substance of the cases matters little, if at all. What matters to me is the political consequences of the decisions.

We now live in a Republic Without Responsibility.

Our legislative branch is now freed of the responsibility to write laws of any connection to or consistency of intent, and they suffer no consequence for their failure.

Our executive branch is now freed to enforce only those laws with which they are sympathetic, and only as often as they feel is necessary.  They too feel no consequences for their actions.

Our judicial branch has demonstrated in the last two days its unwillingness to interpret laws as written, its willingness to change the actual law to create circumstances not codified by the Legislature, and to interpret our Constitution according to the malleable traditions of social change, without suffering a single adverse note.

Three branches of government, each bound by now-meaningless oaths:

  • Executive

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

  • Legislative

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

  • Judiciary

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (office) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. [So help me God.]

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. [So help me God.]

Everybody swears an oath.  Nobody takes it seriously.

That’s my beef here.

People will say these decisions are another step toward the tipping point of the Great American Experiment.  I disagree.

We’re already off that cliff.  These are just the jarring impacts on the way to the bottom.

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Author: Paul Krendler

The Thinking Man's Zombie

21 thoughts on “This Week at SCOTUS”

    1. Rest in peace the rule of law.

      Though given the way we've seen judges behave, no one here is shocked.

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  1. I don't expect consistency, because I'm not deranged or demented, but if Adam & Steve's CA marriage license is good in all 50 states, then my CCW card is too.

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    1. But why would an expressed right have the same weight as an implied right? That's just silly, rigid, logical thinking.

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        1. Oh really? Where?

          It seems I am also Nil barada nikto, or whatever that handle is. Or as Bill refers to him “this latin f*cker”

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      1. Actually it's Nil inultum... ah, screw it. "this latin f*cker" it is!

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      2. It seems you're in grave danger of being added to a defunct lawsuit by a blithering idiot unless you tell him where Gail left the debit card or something. By tonight.

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      3. We don't have to answer that question if your just do the reasonable thing and tell him where to get more horseshit, because he's out.

        By tonight.

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  2. Look how excited he is! Makes me wonder, who's the lucky fellow?

    SAME SEX MARRIAGE NOW THE LAW OF THE LAND! WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY!!!— The Liberal Grouch (@TheGrouchcast) June 26, 2015

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    1. Yup. Definitely a bottom. Too bad he's so old. If he could lose 50 years or so, he might be able to make it official with his "excellent friend."

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      1. He can't do anything with it anyway. Might as well lop it off.

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    2. Twat hasn't sent off for her cheap funeral for two weeks and Bill is already cruising for a piece of man ass?

      I hear Fergie is free.

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