On Monday’s podcast, I mentioned a couple of things that progressives and people watching politics should be aware of. In the past I saw what was happening with Mitch McConnell and his obsession with filling the courts with conservative judges as an attempt to simply roll back all the legislation from the civil rights era.
To be clear, absolutely nothing is going on in the senate today. Hundreds of pieces of legislation from the House of Representatives are being ignored. All that is being done are votes in the judiciary and votes in the senate on judges.
But two things (actually three) made me rethink this issue. One was watching the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country and The Family (which I recommend everyone watch). Two was the appointment of Paula White to the Trump administration. And three was the behavior of senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz.
As I said in the podcast, I am now convinced what we are seeing and what we will see in the future, is an all-out assault on the separation of church and state. This attack, breaking down the barrier between Christian theology and US legislation,will be the first steps to what I believe will be a Christian theocracy in the United States.
The seeds to the war that is to come is being planted by Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell as more and more unqualified judges are being added to the appellate court and circuit courts.
Today its Lawrence J.C. VanDyke a judge whom the American Bar Association (ABA) deemed “not qualified” for the appellate court with which he is being nominated.
But that classification makes no difference to Republicans since the head of their party is equally not qualified.
Under Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, republicans have pushed through a stunning 150 judges to the federal bench. It is a lasting legacy for Donald Trump and foretells big problems for progressives.
Republicans cannot have a pesky thing like easy voting get in the way of their attempts to remake the courts, federal and local congressional maps nationwide. In my opinion it is another arrow in the quiver of voter suppression tactics.
With Sander and Warren for structural change or with Biden and others for moderation?
This is a liberal podcast, so listeners should know where we stand by now. Moderation in a world of globalization, of international social media and of global climate change requires a radical response.
Due to inaction and a Republican party that has spiraled down toward authoritarianism, we have lost a lot of time and a lot of ground. Bold action, as Bernie says, is needed.
Then we discuss the fires and trouble in the largest progressive/democratic state in the nation. California. The golden state is dealing with a lot of different issues right now.
How is the governor handling it and is the specter of Gray Davis hovering over him: