The SCOTUS has changed America from a democracy into a DEMOCRAZY. The recent attack on our constitutional rights by the unelected SCOTUS has also been an attack on our two ELECTED branches of government. This is not normal. Our top court is the most unrestrained in the world’s advanced democracies. For these six “conservative” power-crazy justices, nothing is sacred, least of all the planet.
It’s like a dystopian horror film where six evil overlords ignore precedent, take away our rights, and all but guarantee the destruction of our home. In the latest ruling, not only has the SCOTUS gutted the EPA, it has also placed a “constitutional straitjacket on the ability of Congress and the executive branch, to address the nation’s public health and environmental problems.”
One thing I have been closely tracking is the effects on the environment of greatly reduced human activity, (automobile, airplane, shipping), during COVID. Even Greta Thunburg couldn’t have wished for a greater decrease in human activity. According to studies, the benefits to the environment have been positive, at least in the short term, indicating that unfettered human activity has a negative impact on the environment. The unprecedented heat and raging wildfires in Australia, the United States, India, Pakistan, and elsewhere over the past two years have had a devastating impact on all living species.
Imagine if destructive human activity had not ceased for two years?
The current SCOTUS has been destructive, but we must make it short term. The constitution says Congress can regulate the court’s jurisdiction, including telling the courts it needs a supermajority to declare a law or precedent unconstitutional. This would be a radical change to the SCOTUS, but it would be more in line with the norms of other advanced democracies.
In its next term, the SCOTUS will take up a case that could give the states the power to overrule federal regulations in extremely gerrymandered red district maps. But the SCOTUS is not all powerful. Ignore the fake doomsday narrative. Focus on what we can do now. Vote Democrat up and down ballot in November.
Chicago native Lorraine Evanoff earned her degree in French from DePaul University then became a Certified Financial Manager. She worked as a finance exec in film production for seven years in Paris, then in Silicon Valley during the dot-com era, and later for various Hollywood production companies, notably as CFO of National Lampoon. She is currently living in Los Angeles with her husband.