Justice in the Balance


The pressing question that requires resolution is this. Do we have, or do we not have, an honest Supreme Court from which we have nothing to fear?

Re-Posted from the Canada Free Press By Lee Cary —— Bio and ArchivesDecember 1, 2020

Excerpt from Federalist Papers No. 78, likely written by Alexander Hamilton:

“Though individual oppression may now and then proceed from the courts of justice, the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter; I mean so long as the judiciary remains truly distinct from both the legislature and the Executive. For I agree, that ‘there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.’ And it proves, in the last place, that as liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments.”

We Americans can no longer claim to be a shining example of free, fair and open elections

The line of dominos that represent America’s foundational institutions related to law and order have fallen, except one. 

It alone stands to be tested. The integrity of the Supreme Court.

Time is not on the side of those working to fully expose the corruption of the Presidential voting in several states. The scale of fraud now appears to be unprecedented in American election history. 

We Americans can no longer claim to be a shining example of free, fair and open elections.  That claim, if left unsubstantiated, becomes a lie.

The task of making the President’s case against widespread voter fraud is in the hands of a small cadre of Trump attorneys, and other lawyers working in his interests.  The Department of Justice and its Federal Bureau of Investigation are not in the frame, and haven’t been for the last five years. 

Their collective negligence has been reprehensible. And, in response to their dereliction of duty, there are no apparent consequences.  So much for the integrity of those government employees. Servants of the people, not. 

Today, the President’s political party is largely either silent, or encourages him to concede the election.  They cannot see it now, but they are sacrificing their political futures by their tepid, at best, support of Trump.

Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in 2012, his performance was…uninspiring

His supporters will not forget, whatever the outcome, that when the battle was waged, many Republican pols deserted their Commander in Chief.  Or, in the case of some, they worked against him from Day 1.

Take for example, Paul Ryan.  A committed NeverTrumper from the get-go.

In retirement, Paul skipped over the relatively meager salary of a K Street lobbyist, and went straight to the FOX Corporate Board, the parent company of FOX News (whose viewership is sinking like the Titanic).  Paul is on his way to cashing in big for his years as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

As the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate in 2012, his performance was…uninspiring

Paul is but one example of many GOP pols prone to surrender rather than contest.

Here’s how one anti-Trump “news” outlets touts the current valor of Paul:

“Former Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for President Trump to accept the election results and move forward with a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden…

The Wisconsin Republican then called for the Trump campaign to end its legal challenges in multiple swing states, noting they have failed to produce evidence of voter fraud.”

Paul’s wrong about the “orderly transfer of power” being such a unique and fundamentally American component of our political system”

”‘I think maybe even more important is that these legal challenges to the outcome and the attacks on our voting system really need to stop, in my opinion,’ he said…‘The outcome will not be changed, and it will only serve to undermine our faith in our system of government, our faith in our democracy,’ he added…Trump’s legal team are ‘doing damage to our country, to our democratic institutions and norms.’”

     
Now, listen carefully to this statement:

“So, the election is over. The outcome is certain, and I really think the orderly transfer of power—that is one of the most uniquely fundamental American components of our political system,’ he added.”

Paul’s wrong about the “orderly transfer of power” being such a unique and fundamentally American component of our political system”.  It happens all over Europe, for example, and in Canada – to name a few democracies.

An inquiry into possible election fraud will not damage the integrity of the American democracy

An inquiry into possible election fraud will not damage the integrity of the American democracy. Nor would proof of actual fraud have that outcome. 

In would, in fact, certify and strengthen the image of election integrity if the fraud is surfaced. 

But, on the other hand, suppressing an inquiry into the election will seriously damage the legitimacy of American democracy by implying that the truth must remain hidden.  And that reduces the nation to a faux democracy.
 
In Chicago, my home town, the classic short version of what Paul says is: “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

The pressing question that requires resolution is this. Do we have, or do we not have, an honest Supreme Court from which we have nothing to fear? 

Or, is there no such institution left in America?

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