Democracy In Crisis Fully Enhanced By SCOTUS

What hap­pened in the mid-west­ern state of Wisconsin on Tuesday should alarm every­one, Democrats and Republicans alike, or at least those who claim to love America.
The Republican Legislature’s deci­sion to oppose the State’s Democratic exec­u­tive order, to push the Democratic pri­ma­ry elec­tions back because of COVID-19 was stark.
It demon­strat­ed that Republicans do not care what it takes to attain and hold pow­er, even it means expos­ing mil­lions of demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry elec­tion vot­ers to a dan­ger­ous life-threat­en­ing dis­ease.

People lined up to vote at Riverside High School in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

The Republican-dom­i­nat­ed state leg­is­la­ture, with the major­i­ty since 2011, due in part to ger­ry­man­dered maps, refused to allow the Democratic governor’s request to mail absen­tee bal­lots to all vot­ers or move the pri­ma­ry. Then the State Supreme Court, which is con­trolled by Republican judges, over­turned the governor’s rul­ing to post­pone the elec­tion until June. According to the New York times, for­mer Vice President Joe Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders were on the bal­lot in Wisconsin, but the main event is the State Supreme Court race between the con­ser­v­a­tive incum­bent jus­tice, Daniel Kelly, and a lib­er­al chal­lenger, Jill Karofsky.

Justice Daniel Kelly is up for re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday. 
Republican Daniel Kelly

The win­ner will be in a posi­tion to cast a decid­ing vote on a case before the court that seeks to purge more than 200,000 peo­ple from Wisconsin’s vot­er rolls — in a state where 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple vot­ed in the last governor’s race. When the mat­ter was first before the court in January, Mr. Kelly recused him­self, cit­ing his upcom­ing elec­tion. He indi­cat­ed he would “rethink” his posi­tion fol­low­ing the April elec­tion, which comes with a 10-year term.
But the elec­tion pro­ceed­ing on Tuesday is not just about the vot­er purge case. It is the lat­est exam­ple of what many in the state see as a decade-long effort by Wisconsin Republicans to dilute the vot­ing pow­er of the state’s Democratic and African-American vot­ers.
(new york times)

The out­come of the Wisconsin elec­tions aside, comes the larg­er issue of the con­se­quences of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s actions in block­ing President Barack Obama’s choice of Judge Merrick Garland’s ascen­sion to the US supreme court.
The seat that Obama had every right to fill, but failed to fight for, was even­tu­al­ly filled by Neil Gorsuch, a Donald Trump appointee.
In a typ­i­cal 5 – 4 deci­sion, the five Republicans on the US supreme court upheld the deci­sion of the Wisconsin state supreme court to dis­en­fran­chise the state’s Democratic vot­ers.
In vin­tage fash­ion, the US supreme court under John Roberts with its 5 – 4 Republican major­i­ty has essen­tial­ly become anoth­er arm of the Trump admin­is­tra­tion and the Republican par­ty.

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Voters braved hail­storms

The real dam­age to the process is real­ly not Donald Trump’s lies, we know he is a patho­log­i­cal liar. Although the accep­tance of lies inex­orable dimin­ish­es the fab­ric of our col­lec­tive moral exis­tence, the real dam­age is being done through the Justice Department and Trump pack­ing the courts with right-wing ide­o­logues.
It is for that rea­son that African-Americans must stay on top of their lives and pay atten­tion and where pos­si­ble, get up go out and vote like their lives depend on vot­ing.
Because it does.……There seem to be a sense among African-Americans that even­tu­al­ly their inter­est will even­tu­al­ly be leg­is­lat­ed and ensured by the white pow­er struc­ture which has for over four hun­dred years done the exact oppo­site.
I under­stand that there may also be a sense of res­ig­na­tion that blacks can­not change their cir­cum­stances in America so they have essen­tial­ly checked out of the process.
In fair­ness to African-American women, they have gen­er­al­ly not thrown up their hands in despair. Nevertheless, there seems to be a per­va­sive sense of escapism that has become self-evi­dent among our men.
They are able to talk about any movie or video game, but knows noth­ing about the crit­i­cal polit­i­cal issues that affect their lives.

Communicating the seri­ous­ness of the exis­ten­tial cri­sis fac­ing black peo­ple in America, is seri­ous­ly ham­pered by the refusal of our peo­ple to read any­thing.
Whether its news­pa­per arti­cles, blogs, or to process tex­tu­al data that is com­piled and made eas­i­ly avail­able on web­sites, or in oth­er forums, Black peo­ple have demon­stra­bly refused to con­sume that infor­ma­tion.
Should we pro­duce that infor­ma­tion in cray­on, we don’t know.
In Wisconsin, on Tuesday Democratic vot­ers braved the COVID-19 virus and hail­storms just to exer­cise their right to vote.
A plu­ral­i­ty of the American peo­ple still believe that the US Supreme court will do the right thing for the Republic but they are woe­ful­ly mis­guid­ed in that mind­set.
The nation’s high­est court has always got­ten it wrong when comes to fair­ness for the plu­ral­i­ty of the dif­fer­ent peo­ple in America.
.* On slav­ery.
* On Jim crow
*On inter-racial mar­riage
* On the Japanese intern­ment
* On sep­a­rate but equal
* On cit­i­zens unit­ed, et al.
On issue after issue, the Supreme Court of the United States has come down against peo­ple of col­or. There is no rea­son or prece­dent for peo­ple of col­or to ever believe that the SCOTUS will ever do the right thing when the rub­ber meets the road.

Mike Beckles is a for­mer Jamaican police Detective cor­po­ral, busi­ness­man, researcher, and blog­ger. 
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