How Do You Know A Politician Is Being Hypocritical? Their Lips Are Moving

In the wake of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, there is much controversy around the selection of her successor. President Trump has said he will nominate a new justice and the Republican leader of the Senate has said they will vote on the nominee. Democrats are outraged, saying that a President should not appoint a justice to the Supreme Court in an election year. Continue reading “How Do You Know A Politician Is Being Hypocritical? Their Lips Are Moving”

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, RIP

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

Ginsberg was a pioneer in the field of juris prudence, was the second woman appointed to the US Supreme Court and had a distinguished career that helped break several barriers along the way.

But possibly more important, she was an honorable person and public servant. Her close personal friendship with her ideological opposite on the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, serves as an example to us all that you can be friends with and care deeply about people with whom you often disagree strongly. More then ever, her quiet personal example in that regard may be her biggest contribution to her country.

 

SCOTUS Rules That Government Can’t Tell Parents Which Schools They Have To Choose

The Supreme Court ruled last week that government funds can be used to pay tuition and schools run by religious groups.

Some people don’t understand that and claim that the government is funding religious schools. No, the government is funding education, and then not telling you where you have to use the funds. You can use them anywhere that gives a child an education, even if it’s a religiously based school.

 

 

Update: Elizabeth Warren Saves Trump

In yesterday’s blog posting, Thinking Man noted how Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a shot at the Chief Justice, who presides over impeachment hearings in the Senate. Warren formally submitted a question asking if the Chief Justice had damaged the credibility of the Supreme Court by the way the Senate ran the proceedings (of course the Chief Justice has nothing to do with the Senate rules and could not even answer the question-the Democratic House Manager answered on his behalf and defended him).

BUT what Warren did do by her obvious tantrum because she was not getting her way, was to irritate some of her Senate colleagues. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a statement saying that it had “become clear some of my colleagues intend to further politicize this process, and drag the Supreme Court into the fray, while attacking the Chief Justice. I will not stand for nor support that effort. ”

Murkowski, who reportedly was going to vote to call witnesses changed her vote, because her vote would have meant a 50-50 tie which would have put the Chief Justice as the tie-breaker, and she said she did not want to put the Chief Justice in the position for further criticism.

Warren’s tantrum was probably an effort to help her faltering Presidential campaign, which apparently was more important than the cause she says she supports

 

On Impeachment Of The President

Of course, the big news this week is that the House voted for only the third time in our country’s history to impeach the President. Actually, the impeachment hearings have been the big news for the last several weeks, understandably overshadowing almost everything else. News that would normally be the lead story has been pushed to the back pages.

Yet, nothing from Thinking Man’s Politics…until now. Why?  Because, frankly, Thinking Man is pretty disappointed in what has been going on. Continue reading “On Impeachment Of The President”

Five Candidates For President Declare Winning Is More Important Than Anything

This week, five Democratic Presidential candidates, announced that winning was more important than justice and the Constitution. Continue reading “Five Candidates For President Declare Winning Is More Important Than Anything”

When Supreme Court Justices Don’t Fit Their Mold

If you remember the last confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, you will remember the uproar that his nomination meant that the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) would be packed with Trump nominees that would march in lock-step and would radically alter the balance of power.

An editorial from USA Today, a fairly consistently liberal newspaper, shared details of a study that showed quite the opposite. Continue reading “When Supreme Court Justices Don’t Fit Their Mold”