SCOTUS HAS A BLACK SPLOTCH (NO PUN INTENDED)


The justices of the US Supreme Court enjoy a unique status in American governance: They have the job for life and have no code of ethics.  The Court has a storied history of legal decisions which carried out what our founding father wrote in The Constitution and they went beyond, but, always within the bounds of spirit of the law and intent. At first the Court was not powerful, but, Chief Justice Marshall took actions which made the Court supreme.  And, that is how we all view the US Supreme Court: The final interpreter of law and legality.

English: Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of...
English: Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A large part of our reverence and respect for the Court is grounded in their seclusion from the public eye and lack of scandal. They probably had their own sense of propriety back then.  When Clarence Thomas, black, became a candidate for the Court, I was so proud (even though he is from the other party).  The nomination hearings in the US Senate took us down a sordid lane.  On TV we watch gray-haired white men relish digging into the sex life black people, in this case, Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, also black. IMHO, the hearings were perverse. ‘A pubic hair on a Coke can?’  What has that to do with interpreting the law?

Regrettably, Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia have chosen to come out of isolation and show us their somewhat clear political views.  Justice Scalia involved himself with a Tea Party class on The Constitution and Justice Thomas is under scrutiny for his wife’s receiving questionable campaign contributions.

He has received certain gifts from a powerful real estate magnate whose lawsuits came before the Court.  Justice Thomas failed to the honorable thing and recuse himself. It is reported that Thomas received a wealth of gifts. Thousands of dollars! The Supreme Court reviewed Bush vs Gore and chose a President. Americans long for the days when certain people were good and some were not. And, we knew the difference!

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been very busy accepting gifts from organizations that file briefs before the court, attending political fundraisers, ruling on suits in which he or his wife have a conflict of interest, and hiding income. No wonder he hasn’t had time to ask a question from the bench in five years.

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DID YOUR SENATOR VOTE FOR CLARENCE THOMAS

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 102 nd Congress – 1 st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Nomination (Nomination – Clarence Thomas )

Vote Number:

220

Vote Date:

October 15, 1991, 06:03 PM

Required For Majority:

1/2

Vote Result:

Nomination Confirmed

Nomination Number:

PN456

Nomination Description:

Clarence Thomas, of Georgia, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, vice Thurgood Marshall, retired.

Vote Counts:

YEAs

52

NAYs

48

Vote Summary

By Senator Name

By Vote Position

By Home State

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Adams (D-WA), Nay

Akaka (D-HI), Nay

Baucus (D-MT), Nay

Bentsen (D-TX), Nay

Biden (D-DE), Nay

Bingaman (D-NM), Nay

Bond (R-MO), Yea

Boren (D-OK), Yea

Bradley (D-NJ), Nay

Breaux (D-LA), Yea

Brown (R-CO), Yea

Bryan (D-NV), Nay

Bumpers (D-AR), Nay

Burdick, Quentin S (D-ND), Nay

Burns (R-MT), Yea

Byrd (D-WV), Nay

Chafee (R-RI), Yea

Coats (R-IN), Yea

Cochran (R-MS), Yea

Cohen (R-ME), Yea

Conrad (D-ND), Nay

Craig (R-ID), Yea

Cranston (D-CA), Nay

D’Amato (R-NY), Yea

Danforth (R-MO), Yea

Daschle (D-SD), Nay

DeConcini (D-AZ), Yea

Dixon (D-IL), Yea

Dodd (D-CT), Nay

Dole (R-KS), Yea

Domenici (R-NM), Yea

Durenberger (R-MN), Yea

Exon (D-NE), Yea

Ford (D-KY), Nay

Fowler (D-GA), Yea

Garn (R-UT), Yea

Glenn (D-OH), Nay

Gore (D-TN), Nay

Gorton (R-WA), Yea

Graham (D-FL), Nay

Gramm (R-TX), Yea

Grassley (R-IA), Yea

Harkin (D-IA), Nay

Hatch (R-UT), Yea

Hatfield (R-OR), Yea

Heflin (D-AL), Nay

Helms (R-NC), Yea

Hollings (D-SC), Yea

Inouye (D-HI), Nay

Jeffords (R-VT), Nay

Johnston (D-LA), Yea

Kassebaum (R-KS), Yea

Kasten (R-WI), Yea

Kennedy (D-MA), Nay

Kerrey (D-NE), Nay

Kerry (D-MA), Nay

Kohl (D-WI), Nay

Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay

Leahy (D-VT), Nay

Levin (D-MI), Nay

Lieberman (D-CT), Nay

Lott (R-MS), Yea

Lugar (R-IN), Yea

Mack (R-FL), Yea

McCain (R-AZ), Yea

McConnell (R-KY), Yea

Metzenbaum (D-OH), Nay

Mikulski (D-MD), Nay

Mitchell (D-ME), Nay

Moynihan (D-NY), Nay

Murkowski (R-AK), Yea

Nickles (R-OK), Yea

Nunn (D-GA), Yea

Packwood (R-OR), Nay

Pell (D-RI), Nay

Pressler (R-SD), Yea

Pryor (D-AR), Nay

Reid (D-NV), Nay

Riegle (D-MI), Nay

Robb (D-VA), Yea

Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay

Roth (R-DE), Yea

Rudman (R-NH), Yea

Sanford (D-NC), Nay

Sarbanes (D-MD), Nay

Sasser (D-TN), Nay

Seymour (R-CA), Yea

Shelby (D-AL), Yea

Simon (D-IL), Nay

Simpson (R-WY), Yea

Smith (R-NH), Yea

Specter (R-PA), Yea

Stevens (R-AK), Yea

Symms (R-ID), Yea

Thurmond (R-SC), Yea

Wallop (R-WY), Yea

Warner (R-VA), Yea

Wellstone (D-MN), Nay

Wirth (D-CO), Nay

Wofford (D-PA), Nay


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SCOTUS: All Is Not Lost


The 17th Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts

I have hearing what all the pundits and analysts say about the what the SCOTUS telegraphed with their questions yesterday.  I am not convinced.  It could be that they were being proper judges or devils-advocate. With their unpopular decisions of Bush vs Gore that Schiavo case, perhaps the Supreme Court wants to redeem itself with the wisdom of court decisions of yore.  I never shall forget how they owe their power in government thanks to the aggressive activism of Chief Justice Marshall who “assumed” the awesome the lofty power of our highest court.  The SCOTUS certainly knows how large the healthcare industry figures in our economy.  Doctors, medicine and hospitals cost too much.  President Obama’s legislation, affectionately known as “Obama,” is the first comprehensive legislation to fix this crisis that has garnered enough votes to pass Congress.  Why shoot the law down for something akin to semantics?  The human body is an imperfect machine. That is the human condition.  Sooner or later we make our way to the doctor or hospital for medical care.  People can go a lifetime without broccoli!  Some people are great and some have greatness thrust upon them.  I challenge the Supreme Court to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.