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Post Why Did the Supreme Court Not Side with Trump?
Created by John Eipper on 12/22/20 11:05 AM

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Why Did the Supreme Court Not Side with Trump? (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 12/22/20 11:05 am)

First I must congratulate Arturo Ezquerro (December 19th) for his excellent post regarding the stupidity of Brexit. In an age when the world is shrinking, cooperation, unification, participation should be the key words for humanity to survive, let alone prosper. Only special interests drive nationalism, fundamentalism, and xenophobia. The EU is far from perfect, but it is a grand experiment which should not be allowed to fail.

JE commented on my last post (regarding US vs Chinese democracies), "Trump resolutely failed in his quest to be president-for-life, and ... the US courts, even Trump's own judicial appointees, rejected the seas of litigation to overturn the election results. Do you really believe an analogous process could have happened in China?"

Presently, there is zero chance; further, the present Chinese top leader can stay on with the party's consent. Surely does not seem very democratic, eh?

On the other hand, our precious US courts can be blamed over the years for blindness to a wide array of injustices ranging from vote suppression, racial injustices, civil rights violations, to enabling a wide variety of electoral process manipulation by special interests. To my relief, even this Trump Supreme Court, no matter how biased, is apparently not debased enough to allow an election overturn by claimants with no evidence to back charges of fraud against election officials of their own party. While they were not crazy enough for Trump this time around, four more years of indoctrination could be sufficient in the future, just like the Nazi judiciary.

Nevertheless, if a democratic system can ensure that the government represents the people's interests, then the political leaders would stop trying to manipulate the courts as a vehicle to accomplish their special interests. We must not forget that the elected legislative must write the laws to be executed/interpreted by the other branches.

JE comments:  I am reminded of Cameron Sawyer's reassurances that the court system is beholden to no one, politically.  Most of us took this argument with a grain of salt, but so far since November 3rd, the Supreme Court (and lower courts) are proving us skeptics wrong.

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