The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office. (United States Constitution (1787) Article 3, Section 1.)

The Constitution does not state the number of Justices on the Supreme Court. If Congress wanted to, it could let Scalia’s seat remain vacant indefinitely.

We have entered an era of brazen partisanship on the part of the extreme right-wing, funded and fueled by an oligarchy who have openly declared class warfare on everyone else. The oligarchy controls so much wealth they write the laws that in turn increase their holdings.

Favorable rulings by the Supreme Court allowed them to further tighten their grasp of our government. And, over the years, Republicans have slowly but steadily moved the federal court system to the right, to supporting corporations over people, the rich and powerful over everyone else. Case in point: class action lawsuits are becoming a thing of the past. Odds are, if you have any credit card or cell phone, you have a contract waiving your right to class action lawsuits, and waiving your right to go to court.

That’s right. In far too many instances, you cannot go to court to take on a multinational corporation. Your legal rights have been privatized – you must go to arbitration, an alternative system of justice where the arbitrator’s power may be virtually unlimited – the power to ignore the law, and to ignore the facts. And it’s damn-near impossible to get a court to overturn an arbitrator’s decision. Oh, and you have to pay for the arbitrator. The privatizing of justice, in the civil arena.

In the criminal arena, we already know that we have privatized prisons. The only legal form of slavery in the world.

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. (United States Constitution, XIII Amendment, Section 1.)

Private, for profit prisons, where someone could be locked up for life under a “three-strikes” law.

Justice Scalia is dead, but his legacy in the form of decisions he authored, majorities he joined, lives on.

Republicans, within hours of his passing announced that they will not ratify anyone President Obama nominates. That is their right under the Constitution.

The only non-violent recourse We, the People have is to vote Republicans out of power, at every level of government. If we’re to lazy to mobilize and do just that, we get the government we deserve.


[the opinions stated are those of the author and not necessarily that of The Zoo)




11 thoughts on “THE WATERING HOLE

  1. I remember wondering, during the Nixon years, what the pleasant aroma was that my nose was picking up on, the aroma that even caused me to salivate in anticipation. It became more pronounced during the Reagan years, kind of climaxed under Poppy Bush. Under Clinton I thought I heard what sounded like wine glasses and silverware clinking out there on Wall Street and in Corporate HQ’s everywhere. Then under Dubya it was the MIC’s turn to dine, but right before Obama came on the scene the clinking and slurping had stopped and most everyone — save for the new crop of burping and farting fat cats — was complaining about the increasing length of the soup lines. And now here we are, early 2016. The American goose — slow roasted by Republicans since the sixties, served to the fat cats during the nineties and polished off early in the 2000’s — is now gone for good. Only the bones and a few fat drippings remain to sate the palettes of America’s “tired,” her “poor,” her “huddled masses yearning to breathe free . . .” — even as the GOP, via its Comedy Team in the Clown Car, promises a free goose — once the next Republican POTUS is sworn in — to all who have proven willing to bend over and grab their ankles.

    Count me out. I’d rather starve.

  2. If the American electorate cannot see through the thin veil of Republican rhetoric, that their party stands for, is controlled and funded by the ONE PERCENT, then we are skrewed, skewered and skanked come November.

  3. Ted Cruz ‘Enthusiastically’ Backs Radical Anti-Abortion, Anti-Contraception Personhood Proposal

    “Liberty isn’t safe in the hands of a politician who doesn’t hold all life sacred,” he warned. “For anyone that doesn’t hold life sacred can’t possibly know what true liberty is or where true liberty comes from. Because the spirit of true American liberty comes from the Creator, in whose image we are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

    This from the guy who wants to ‘carpet bomb’ Syria and Iraq until ‘the sand glows’. What is it about a zygote or a fetus that demands “personhood” and ‘the right to life’ that clearly does not apply to living, breathing men, women, and children who, by accident of birth, happen to live in a corner of the world that pisses Ted off to the point where he wants them ALL dead, and on his order, no less?

    What a phony bastard. No wonder he admired Scalia.

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