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    John Paul Stevens Saw What Was Coming

    John Paul Stevens Saw What Was Coming

    The retired Supreme Court Justice is dead at 99 years old.


    It can be argued, and convincingly, too, that things began to go sideways in this country on December 12, 2000, when the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Bush v. Gore, which handed the presidency to George W. Bush. In his dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens saw it coming.

    What must underlie petitioners’ entire federal assault on the Florida election procedures is an unstated lack of confidence in the impartiality and capacity of the state judges who would make the critical decisions if the vote count were to proceed. Otherwise, their position is wholly without merit. The endorsement of that position by the majority of this Court can only lend credence to the most cynical appraisal of the work of judges throughout the land. It is confidence in the men and women who administer the judicial system that is the true backbone of the rule of law. Time will one day heal the wound to that confidence that will be inflicted by today’s decision. One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.

    Yes, he surely did.

    It can be argued, and convincingly, too, that things began to go sideways in our elections on January 21, 2010, when the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, which opened the floodgates to corporate money, dark and otherwise, which soon inundated our elections. In his dissent, Justice John Paul Stevens saw it coming.

    At bottom, the Court’s opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.

    He was right, both times, just as he was in writing majority opinions in defense of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. In both Rasul v. Bush (2004) and in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, two years later, Stevens fought to keep the worst excesses of the "war" on terror at bay, and the Constitution reasonably intact against the ministrations of people like Dick Cheney and John Yoo. In Hamdan, Stevens wrote a sentence that ought to ring like the chimes of doom through the present White House.

    The Executive is bound to comply with the Rule of Law that prevails in this jurisdiction.

    He was a Republican judge, appointed by an unelected Republican president, who lived long enough and served long enough to become the leader of what became the liberal wing of the Supreme Court. How much did things change over his 35 years on the Supreme Court? Appearing with Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, longtime Supreme Court chronicler Linda Greenhouse pointed out that Stevens was the first Supreme Court justice confirmed after Roe v. Wade was decided and, not only were his confirmation hearings not televised, but Stevens was not asked a single question about abortion.
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    What is supposed to be important here?

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    Nineteen years later, Democrats are still complaining and making excuses for losing an election. You had a shitty candidate who couldn't even win his own state. If Gore had just won Tennessee, it would have been a walk-away for him,

    Get over it.
    Leftists have unquestionably demonstrated their hatred for due process, and Democrats have undeniably obstructed justice for, and thoroughly victim-shamed and smeared, Karen Monahan.

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