Your choice: Read, listen…and weep
I was plotting out a new, important story at the same time I was watching Joy Reid’s show, “The Reidout” on MSNBC. One of Joy’s guests was presidential historian, Michael Beschloss. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Beschloss, he’s a treasure…an historian with the uncanny ability to take on complex historical issues and make them easily understandable, even to those, who like Sam Cooke, “don’t know much about history.
The segment that caught my eye on Reid’s show dealt with the tyranny of today’s Supreme Court. Along with two other commentators, Beschloss articulated what many of us already know, in a clear, but unfortunately, chilling, way.
I’ve included the entire 7-minute clip in this post. If you don’t have 7-minutes to spare, I’ve also transposed some of Beschloss’ key points. Either way, I’d expect you to be as chagrined at his comments as I was.
Joy: “[the Supreme Court] is sort of on the verge of at least trying to rapidly repeal all of the 20th century progress for everyone else.
Beschloss: The right has been trying to do this for years. It’s been trying to rollback the progressive reforms of the Earl Warren court from the 1950s to the 1970s. They’ve been desperate for this; they finally got it. And you know the other thing Joy is, look at the justices we’re talking about. If the Democrats had won the presidency in 2016 there would be a strong liberal majority; we wouldn’t be having this segment. We could talk about something else.
The other thing is, this is a court that one-third of the nine justices [have been] appointed by one Donald Trump. Every single one of them has a shadow.
The first one – the first justice that was appointed and should have been appointed and confirmed in 2016 should have been Merrick Garland. That was a stolen seat. McConnell and Republicans refused to confirm him and as a result we have Neil Gorsuch.
Seat number two. Anthony Kennedy was on the court. His son was a banker for Donald Trump at Deutsche Bank. By reports, the son was an accessory that Trump used to persuade at Anthony Kennedy to leave the court. That’s how we got Brett Kavanaugh.
Vacancy #3: Being an election year of 2000, when Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, many people said, follow the precedent that was established by Abraham Lincoln…the similar situation [in] 1864. Wait for the new president to be elected and then go through this. Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell refused to do that; they rushed through Amy Comey Barrett. So as a result of all of these things we’ve got instead of a liberal majority, we’ve got a strong conservative majority and a majority of three justices who are pretty predictable how they’re going to vote on these issues.
Did someone say, “elections have consequences?”
One last thing. The piece I was working on before I watched the Reid/Beschloss interchange is alluded to at the end of the video clip. Another hint: “Since 2014, he (Beschloss) has been chair of the annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Awards.”
See you tomorrow.