Party Line Courts. Why do US Courts Pretend To Be Apolitical?

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie – deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.  Belief in myths allows for the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

Why do the US courts, including the US Supreme Court, pretend to be apolitical?  There has always been loads of pomp and circumstance and piousness associated with this long accepted idea that they are above the political fray.  Its incumbents are quick to espouse this line of thought and cloak themselves in the protective shield of this apolitical robe when it comes to these powerful organizations that have the ability to exercise so much control over us.  Do they cloak themselves in this shield because they recognize their tremendous power and feel that it is necessary to tamp down the realization by us of that almost unfettered power that they have to interpret the law and then determine – if any among us should perchance become defendants’, what our fate will be?

The great majority of these judges and justices likely do recognize and accept the great power that they wield and also accept and faithfully exercise the great responsibility which comes along with it that they have.  They likely painstakingly do the absolute best that they can to interpret the law simply based on the law and not as they might be expected to do based on loyalty to party or anything else.  But there is also that minority that we as Americans must contend with.  Americans must closely monitor that minority, which appears to be rapidly becoming larger under a corrupt Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and whose rapid growth is being aided by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to assure that even if they intend to base their decisions on something other than the law Americans will fight to assure they are not successful.  These judges and there questionable reputations have to be an embarrassment to the courts and their presence must create anger and resentment of them by their colleagues because of the damage that they do to the courts’ reputation.

There was a time when I always felt a warm and patriotic feeling when the President of the United States of America – no matter their party affiliation, a Supreme Court Justice or the body of Justices as a whole spoke concerning any given issue simply because of what they represent in America.  Unfortunately, I no longer automatically experience that same feeling.  I have to work hard to allow myself to feel it and not become a cynic.  I have to work hard to focus on the fact that what is happening in our country now is not who we really are as Americans and does not depict a true picture of America.  In light of the way that the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America has gone about nominating and appointing Supreme Court Justices through corrupting the process, the previously mentioned warm and patriotic feeling about the current Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and the Supreme Court is hard to sustain.  It is painfully obvious that Mr. Trump is not alone in the corrupting and misuse of this process.  He is strongly supported by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the senate Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell became angry because Joe Scarborough of the cable news show Morning Joe referred to him as Moscow Mitch.  But perhaps that nickname is well-earned.  Majority Leader McConnell is well aware that Russia interfered in our 2016 election to help Mr. Trump yet-and-still, likely at the behest of Mr. Trump, he has regularly blocked bipartisan legislation to better protect our election system prior to the 2020 election.  He has done this in addition to helping Mr. Trump to stack the courts with judges.  All of these judges are called conservative judges by the media.  However, most of them could more appropriately be referred to as “Trump Judges” because even many conservative Republicans have said that they do not represent true conservative values.

But the Republican Party is no longer the Republican Party that it was; it is the Party of Trump.  And even those Republicans who have the power to mitigate the amount of damage that Mr. Trump is doing to America refuse to take a stand and speak truth to power.  They have all become cowards cowering in any dark place that they can find to avoid this apex predator the Mr. Donald J. Trump of the United States of America.  To echo the words of presidential candidate Ms. Kamala Harris, predators are cowards that prey on the weak and helpless.  As for the US congress, its floor is prime hunting grounds for Mr. Trump.  It is no wonder that he is so plump and happy.

Eulus Dennis – author, Operation Rubik’s Cube and Living Between The Line