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Pierce writes: "Why is almost the entire conservative apparatus hellbent on putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court despite the fact that he is a very big liar who lies a lot, occasionally when his lies are 'hallowed by oath,' as the law books say?"

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Vice President Mike Pence. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and Vice President Mike Pence. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

This Ruling Is Why Conservatives Are So Hopped Up on Brett Kavanaugh

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

05 October 18

They want—and need—to outnumber people like Judge Chen in the federal judiciary.

hy is almost the entire conservative apparatus hellbent on putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court despite the fact that he is a very big liar who lies a lot, occasionally when his lies are "hallowed by oath," as the law books say? Why are conservative voters so het up about the federal judiciary generally? So things like this don't happen any more. From The Los Angeles Times:

The ruling late Wednesday afternoon will relieve immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan from the threat of deportation. It came in response to a class-action lawsuit alleging that government officials approached their decisions about TPS with a political agenda, ignored facts and were motivated by racism. Administration officials deny those allegations, saying the program was never intended to provide a long-term reprieve...

"Absent injunctive relief, TPS beneficiaries and their children indisputably will suffer irreparable harm and great hardship,” Chen wrote. “Many have U.S.-born children; those may be faced with the Hobson’s choice of bringing their children with them (and tearing them away from the only country and community they have known) or splitting their families apart.” Chen said the government had failed to prove that any harm would come from maintaining the status quo.

Not only that, but Judge Chen also decided to explain the obvious motivation behind the administration*'s decision to send largely brown earthquake victims and refugees from war zones back down south where they came from.

“President Trump harbors an animus against non-white, non-European aliens which influenced his decision to end the TPS designation."

From The Washington Post:

At the same time, he said there were “serious questions as to whether a discriminatory purpose was a motivating factor” in the administration’s decision, which would violate the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. He cited statements by President Trump denigrating Mexicans, Muslims, Haitians and Africans, including his January remark about “people from shithole countries” and his June 2017 comments stating that 15,000 recent immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS.”

The plaintiffs “have raised serious questions whether the action taken” by Homeland Security officials “was influenced by the White House and based on animus against non-white, non-European immigrants in violation of Equal Protection guaranteed by the Constitution,” Chen wrote. “The issues are at least serious enough to preserve the status quo.”

Alas, we all know this drama all too well. Sooner or later, Judge Chen's quite logical decision to hold the president* accountable for the policies that inevitably spring from his bone-deep bigotry will run headlong into some Federalist Society clone who has supped for a decade or so at the bounteous banquet of wingnut welfare, and who understands quite well what he now owes to the people who have spread before him this magnificent largesse—in short, a safe hack who is in the bag.

This person either will find a misplaced comma that allows him to overturn Judge Chen, or he will invent some improvisational konztitooshunal hocus-pocus that only he understands—hello, John Roberts, and the "equal sovereignty of the states"—and that is designed only for the specific political circumstances of the moment. And, poof! Back to the gangland killing fields of El Salvador. It is entirely possible that, if Judge Chen gets extremely lucky, and his injunction even makes it all the way up to the Supreme Court, that Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh will be the one who does the deed. And won't that complete the circle in a lovely way?

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+34 # Porfiry 2018-10-05 17:40
"The horror, the horror."
+29 # lorenbliss 2018-10-05 18:45
I generally admire Mr. Pierce's work -- as I said a couple of months back, at his best he reminds me of Breslin -- but in his analysis of this our nation's terminal moment, he and his colleagues miss the mark.

The primary reason Kavanaugh will be appointed to SCOTUS is religion -- specifically the intent of the Capitalist Ruling Class to suppress the rising anger of the Working Class by imposing a Christian version of Nazism on the United States.

Mr. Pierce -- and too many others -- need to read three books if they are to see beyond the charade of USian democracy and its innumerable Big Lies. These books are "The Family: the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power" (Jeff Sharlet, Harper: 2008); "American Fascists" (Chris Hedges, Free Press: 2006); and "American Theocracy" (Kevin Phillips, Viking: 2006).

Their efforts irrefutably explain why the Democrats are collaborating with the Republicans to ensure Kavanaugh's appointment: white Christian theocratic dictatorship is our Capitalist overlords' first choice for subjugating all the rest of us, whether here or in Mother Russia.

And now, with Christian theocracy's zero-tolerance Talibanic malevolence assured and perpetuated by Kavanaugh, we are about to discover the unspeakable horrors of life under a new sadistically smirking Inquisition, a regime that abets its agenda of torture and death with high-tech surveillance.
+21 # tsyganka 2018-10-05 22:32
Fascists have an ugly habit of merging with the dominant religion of the country.

The evangelicals will temporarily be annoyed with kavanaugh, as they don't consider roman catholics to be christian; but they'll calm down when they see that kavanaugh, gorsuch, alito, roberts, and thomas will join to overturn Roe v Wade, which evangelicals mistakenly identify solely with abortion and, of course, the subjugation of women to a mythological patriarchal god whose orders are only known and communicated by men. Men who hate women because their book says that women brought sin and death into the world.

We need a national strike before it's too late.
+13 # economagic 2018-10-06 19:11
Yep, white Christian theocracy, in which neither the leaders nor the followers seem to have even READ the New Testament. And of course it has been widely noted that the emotional preference of the majority of today's so-called "conservatives" is the strong father with swift and draconian punishment for the slightest disobedience.
+16 # economagic 2018-10-05 20:35
Chuck, it's much simpler than that: "Conservatives" are not conservative. Or in Lorfen's version, with which I do not disagree, far too many "Christians" have not read the New Testament.
+19 # hectormaria 2018-10-06 11:20
The Republicans have made Hillary, Pelosi, Sanders, etc. into political, undesirable monsters (to be on call whenever they need one). Yet Mitch McConnell, who is more Machiavellian than Machiavelli, has been allowed to undermine our system of democracy without a peep from Democrats: Why? Is staying 'high' making them simply blind to political realities and gullible enough to think Republicrytes will become magnanimous beings, real human beings? Then, there is that *&^%* Manchin. I prefer to lose with my head held high than help a *&^%* like him get elected so he can continue to screw the party's progressive agenda. Winning isn't everything: 'Profiles in Courage' are more important to the country than political expediency votes. Still, we will survive this rape of democracy.
+6 # ericlipps 2018-10-07 11:43
Possibly Democrats are uncomfortable swimming in the sewers of politics as present-day Republicans too often do.

I wish I could say that a few defeats at the polls would convince the GOP to shift back toward the center, but it's all too likely to convince them instead that they just haven't been far enough to thr right.

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