Stephen Breyer

Breyer Retires


President Joe Biden gets a Supreme Court pick and there’s very little Republicans can do to stop it. Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring and he’s picked the right time to do it because by this time next year, Republicans may control the Senate again, and despite there being two years left in President Biden’s term, yeah.

Even though it would be unprecedented for a Senate majority to refuse to hold hearings and a vote for a SCOTUS nomination for two years, Mitch McConnell and his ilk of sleazy Republicans have established a precedent of being lying thieving snakes. My apologies to snakes.

Donald Trump got three Supreme Court picks. He shouldn’t have gotten one. This is a man who shouldn’t be allowed to make his own choices from Shoney’s Big Boy menu, but he gets three picks for lifetime Supreme Court appointments. That’s just not right. Why should Vladimir Putin have influence over our Supreme Court for the next 40 years?

When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, that gave President Obama a Supreme Court pick. Obama’s justice would have swung the court from a 5-4 conservative majority to a liberal majority. But, McConnell wouldn’t allow Merrick Garland, Obama’s pick, to even have a hearing. McConnell argued it was unprecedented to fill a Supreme Court vacancy during an election year. The seat remained open for over a year which was filled by Neil Gorsuch, a pick by Donald Trump. This was steal number one.

In 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy retired giving Donald Trump his second SCOTUS nomination. It’s safe to bet that Kennedy would not have retired if Donald Trump wasn’t in office (thanks again, Putin). It’s also really weird that Kennedy retired to give Trump a selection on the court after Kennedy’s son, who was global head of real estate capital markets for Deutsche Bank, helped Donald Trump secure over $640 million in loans. At least now we know how much a Supreme Court seat is worth in monetary terms. If anyone asks, it’s $640 million.

Kennedy’s seat was filled by Brett Kavanaugh, a guy who can’t remember if he ever got black-out drunk and sexually assaulted women. This guy should be chasing ambulances somewhere, or defending himself for butt-pinching on elevators, and not on the Supreme Court. This was steal number two.

In 2020, less than two months before the presidential election, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. Remember Mitch McConnell and that stuff about it being unprecedented to fill a Supreme Court seat during an election year? Yeah, he and Trump filled it. They put a religious zealot, Amy Coney Barret, into Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat which may be a greater crime than when George H. W. Bush filled Thurgood Marshall’s seat with Clarence Thomas.

Amy Coney Barret was steal number three.

If it wasn’t for the art of the steal, and a bribe here and there, Donald Trump would have had zero picks. Today, the court would be a 5-4 liberal majority. Obama would have placed Garland on the court, Anthony Kennedy would not have retired, and President Joe Biden would have filled the vacancy left by Ginsburg. All would be better in the world.

I’m sure the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her seat being filled by a religious nutball has greatly influenced Justice Breyer to retire. If he waited another three years, he could have been replaced by Jeannine Pirro. Liberals have been pressuring Breyer to retire. A liberal group even paid for a billboard truck to drive around the Supreme Court building last year with a large sign saying, “Breyer, retire.” What we need are trucks, planes, trains, zeppelins, and whatever the fuck else to circle the court with signs calling for Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barret to retire, since they’re all occupying stolen seats because of an election with Russian meddling but where the popular vote still prevailed which would have given us liberal justices.

If there was any honor in Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barret, they’d each step down. But then again, if they had any honor, they never would have accepted a nomination from President (sic) Pussy-Grabber and Moscow Mitch.

At this time, there is very little Republicans can do to stop President Biden from filling this seat. There is no filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Do you know who took that away? Mitch McConnell, which he did for the nomination of Neil Gorsuch. McConnell knew Trump would never nominate someone capable enough to secure 60 votes to sit on the Supreme Court. This is backward too as there should be a super-majority requirement for judicial nominees and a simple majority, 51 votes, for legislation. Oh, and never mind the fact it was “unprecedented” to seat Supreme Court justices with a simple 51-vote majority.

When they stole a seat from President Obama, Republicans loved to say “elections have consequences,” ignoring the fact that Obama won two elections and was still president when they stole his pick. Here, Republican actions have consequences.

This pick will not change the balance of the court, but it preserves the seat from being stolen in the future by Putin’s puppets. President Biden promised to pick a black woman for his first appointment and he’s going to keep that promise. He did with his vice-presidential pick.

President Obama made diverse selections. He chose two women, one white and one Latino, and one white guy, who wasn’t seated. Donald Trump’s three picks were white, white, and white. There have been 115 Supreme Court justices. Out of the 115, 110 have been men. In case you’re a Republican, that means only five of the 115 have been women. Only two of those men have been black.

President Biden is about to make history. And he better do it fast.

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The biggest takeaway from the Supreme Court’s ruling that churches in New York can remain open, because placing restrictions on them is infringing upon their Constitutionally-protected religious freedom, is where the court will be years from now.

The court ruled on similar cases just a few months ago, and ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the liberals, that the government can place restrictions on churches. On Wednesday night, it was another 5-4 ruling, this time in favor of the churches and again, with Roberts joining the liberals.

The big takeaway here is that Amy Coney Barrett was the vote putting it over the top. The last time the court voted on this, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was on the court and actually understood the case.

The argument here is that New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, was being harder on churches than places like retail businesses. But the thing is, it’s not the same.

You don’t go to a grocery store to spend two hours parking your ass in one spot. You do that in church. It’s not comparable. The churches are complaining that Cuomo is singling them out for their religion.

Nobody cares about your religion other than to protect it. I don’t care if you go to mass for seven hours every night, dance in circles with snakes while speaking in tongues. You do you. But, I do care if you go to church and bring back your virus to the grocery store. Do you understand how that works? No?

Neither do five members of the Supreme Court.

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