I know we are in the midst of a major election season in Wisconsin, not only the governors race which pits the mayor of Milwaukee against the county executive who after bankrupting Milwaukee County, feels he deserves a promotion. We also have probably the highest profile Senatorial election in the country.
Even though all of this is going on locally, some disturbing things have happened recently with the Supreme Court Of The United States(SCOTUS). Even though this did not happen here, the reverberations of such incompetence are felt around the world.
Today’s news cycle rehashes a 20 year old story, the sexual harassment of Anita Hill. No, Clarence Thomas did not call her up and invite her to watch porn again, this time it was \"tea party\" activist and Clarence Thomas\'s wife Virginia Thomas, who called and left Ms. Hill the following message:
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”
Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”
Ms. Hill did the correct thing in turning the message over to the FBI. Unfortunately, our story does not end there. We see that a lack of ethics and common sense appears to be what attracted Clarence to Ginny in the first place. It recently came out that, Justice Thomas and his mentor Justice Scalia, attended a secret meeting organized by “tea party” financiers, the Koch brothers. Proving they would much rather attend secret meetings with Republican party insiders than the State Of The Union speech. It is probably best anyway since Justice Alito was caught showing his ignorance at the last SOTU speech by by \"mouthing\" not true to something that was obviously true.
While the MSM has dropped the ball covering such an important story, we should of seen this coming. In the 2000 Bush V Gore was the biggest example of activist judges until Citizens United V FEC. It is not just that these are poor decisions and overturned years of precedence, it was the indisputable conflict of interest with some of the Justices.
* While Justice Thomas was deliberating the case — Thomas’s wife Virginia was at her job at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, collecting résumés for appointments in a possible Bush administration.
* Besides Justice Thomas, Justice Scalia also took part in the decision while a close relative had a substantial interest in the outcome. Scalia’s son Eugene is a partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where one of the senior partners is Theodore B. Olson, who argued Bush’s case before the Supreme Court.
Scalia refused to recuse himself from Bush v. Gore, although the lead lawyer for the plaintiff was, in effect, his son’s boss.
* Then there are the comments made by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the night of the election, November 7. O’Connor and her husband were hosting a party when she heard Dan Rather on CBS call Florida for Democrat Al Gore. “This is terrible,” she exclaimed, according to two eyewitnesses. She told a guest that the election was “over,” since Gore had already carried two other big “battleground” states, Illinois and Michigan.
The Supreme Court Justice then walked away from the TV set, while her husband John explained that she was upset because they wanted to retire to Arizona, but had been waiting so that a Republican president could name a successor.
the Founders set up the court system to be a third ‘separate but equal” branch of government so all could keep checks and balances on the other. Unfortunately some on the current SCOTUS, have turned it into a partisan game of grab the power. Taking a close look at the members of the SCOTUS, maybe Bush was right when he called Harriet Meiers, ” The most qualified person he knows”.