Friday, July 1, 2005

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth: "Failure here is not an option."

This is it. What the Republican right-wing has been working toward for a generation: a radically conservative judiciary led by a radically conservative Supreme Court.

For 70 years, since FDR's court-packing scheme panicked the Supreme Court of the gilded age into allowing the New Deal to move forward, the Supreme Court has been the sure guardian of the advance of liberalism and idealism. That is about to be reversed.

This is not about the coming of a storm -- this is about cooking the lobster, about bringing the pot to a boil, at which point the lobster is dead and ready to be buttered.

Morons will say that court appointments are unpredictable. Not this court appointment. This one will be very predictable. This one will be Scalia, if we're lucky, and Thomas, if we're not.

Liberal politics of all kinds will be dead for a generation or two, made completely impotent by a judiciary, which will simply find nothing to enforce, even when the liberals manage to write something into law. There will be no personal right, which will not be completely eviscerated as to substance. (A Scalia will at least preserve the empty form of rights; a Thomas will toss it all out.)

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