Donald Trump is heading back to a pissed-off European Union.
Donald Trump has picked Brett Kavanaugh, a reliable right-wing conservative jurist, to replace swing justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. This means Roe v. Wade is in jeopardy. But the U.S. is the only country in the world that relies on a court decision, one with faulty reasoning, for abortion rights. Why doesn’t the U.S. simply legalize abortion like so many European countries have done? Because Democrats were content not to press the issue.
Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement. Now, we’re being told, Democrats are about to wage a big battle to prevent a right-winger who might overturn Roe v. Wade from replacing him. In reality, of course, there’s nothing Democrats can do but posture. Trump will get his pick. Democrats will suck up to moderate Republicans, who will vote for Trump’s person no matter what. Why bother with this time-wasting charade?
Whatever happened to the old United States, the country that welcomed immigrants? After weeks of controversy over a policy of separating children at the US-Mexico border from their parents, and then losing them in the foster care system, the Trump Administration won a Supreme Court victory when the high court ruled along 5-4 partisan lines to approve the president’s ban on travel to the US by people from some Muslim nations.
Many of the refugees streaming across the US border with Mexico are from Central American nations like Honduras, one of many nations whose democratically elected leaders were overthrown by the American Central Intelligence Agency. This is classic blowback. In this case, a Democrat was responsible so many liberals looked the other way.
Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the deciding vote on the US Supreme Court for many years. Now he is retiring. It’s only natural, as Donald Trump prepares to nominate a conservative Republican to replace him, to wonder what Hillary Clinton would have done instead. Odds are, it would not have been much different. Her ideological history and militant centrism suggests as much.