Here's an idea I've been running through my head, a potential work-around for how to reform the Supreme Court that won't benefit one party or the other:
Any time a new president is inaugurated, they receive the right to appoint two new justices to the Court, within four years' time (no more than one new appointment within a year of each other). This allows the Court to have a flexible number of justices, and ensures that the new president's agenda gets a seat at the table, judicially-speaking.
There obviously have to be other reforms to how a justice is confirmed, too — this idea wouldn't prevent Republicans, for example, from blocking every potential justice Biden would select "just 'cuz," if this proposal had already been in place. Tenure limits should also be instituted to prevent the Court from getting too large.
But I think this idea has merits in how we can make things less partisan, so that blocking nominees is seen as less "necessary" in some lawmakers' minds, especially if they know they have a chance to win the presidential election and nominate two new justices later on.
"Packing the Court," as some have alleged Biden and Democrats are attempting to do, is seen as blatantly partisan — even if it's somewhat justified, given how Republicans have acted in the past (blocking Merrick Garland but bending over backwards to justify approving Amy Coney Barrett).
This idea allows for a regular "flow" of new justices, but not at a pace that's too quick, and in a way that might appeal to all sides of the political spectrum.
There will be times when I share on this site the things I wrote for the day. And there will be times when I forget to do so. I'll try to make the latter option the rarer one, as much as I can...but hey, sometimes life gets in the way.
Today, I wrote three articles for Truthout.org:
• Residents of Minneapolis Suburb Rise Up Against Police Killing of Daunte Wright
• Biden Fulfills Campaign Pledge to Create Commission on Supreme Court Reforms
• Economic Pressure on GA Grows as Will Smith Pulls Film Production Out of State
Three whole articles today at Truthout, and two of them about infrastructure. The bill being proposed by Biden and the Democrats is shaping up to be a big part of the national debate, which is a welcome change from how things worked under the previous administration. Imagine, an actual debate on policy, without name-calling!
Oh, but we're still doing the "cancel culture" wars thing, too, in case you were worried things were getting TOO far back to normal.
Here's what I wrote:
• 10 More Lawmakers Join Lawsuit Against Trump for Inciting Capitol Riot
• Wide-Ranging Support for Infrastructure Plan Suggests Biden Could Go Bigger
• 65 Percent of Americans Want to Raise Corporate Taxes to Pay for Infrastructure
Today started out with sunshine, and warm! I'm about to take a walk now, but it's since become cool and overcast. If rain's coming, I'm hoping it holds off until I get home...
Today was the Spring Election in Wisconsin. I always make an effort to vote in every election possible, and this one was no exception.
Some of my candidates won, some of them lost. But regardless of the outcomes, I'm proud to be able to take part in this ritual of our democracy.
Unfortunately, so many others in our country face hardships when it comes to exercising their right to vote. We must work to correct that problem, recognizing the blatant attempts to block voters as well as the more subtle moves that may ostensibly be reasonable in some people's minds, but which nevertheless cause detrimental harm to suffrage rights for millions of Americans.
Here's what I wrote today:
• Parliamentarian Rules Democrats Can Officially Bypass the Filibuster
• NRA’s LaPierre Used Mass Shootings as Excuse for Luxury Cruise on Friend’s Yacht
Major League Baseball has decided to pull its summertime All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia, to protest the divisive and racist voting law that was recently implemented in the state. Because of this, Milwaukee is being promoted as a potential site to host the event instead.
Doing that would be amazing for the city, which missed out on hosting the DNC last year due to coronavirus. There may be a problem, however.
Republicans in Wisconsin, too, are pushing some new restrictive voting laws that could be more harmful to communities of color than to predominantly white areas. Heck, one far-out idea would give individual congressional districts the means to vote differently for the president than the overall state does — a move that will benefit Republicans considerably, as the gerrymandered districts are highly more favorable to that party (and misrepresentative of the will of state's voters over the years).
If MLB is serious about coming to Milwaukee, Republicans in the state have to realize their actions could affect that decision.
Unfortunately, this proves that state and local revenues are bigger motivational drivers for the state GOP than is the idea of democracy and fair/equal representation in our government. Contempt for Milwaukee by Republicans, however, may demonstrate that even the power of the all-mighty dollar may not hold sway in incentivizing WISGOP to play nice.
What a wacky (but fun!) Friday. And by wacky, I mean out of the ordinary...
Today, I wrote two articles for Truthout.org. Then, I took a trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in order to get fitted for a tuxedo, for a wedding I will be in later on this year. Finally, I spent the evening/had dinner (Kopp's Burgers, yum!) with some really great friends. All-in-all, a pretty busy but good day.
Here are the stories I wrote:
• Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Latest Bill Seeks to Remove Fauci From His Post
• Georgia’s Racist Citizen’s Arrest Law Moves Closer to Repeal
Some of you might have noticed I have a "Video" page on this site. That's because, starting next month, I'm planning on producing once-weekly video commentaries, to give you some of my own ideas of what's going on in the world of U.S. politics. Stay tuned for that, there are still a million and one steps I have to take between now and then to get things ready...wish me luck!
No April-Foolin' here, I wrote three articles for Truthout.org today! Check them out:
• Biden Backs Moving Baseball All-Star Game From Georgia Due to Voting Law
• Facebook Removes Lara Trump Video, Saying All Content in Trump’s Voice Is Banned
• Virginia’s Top Court Says Charlottesville’s Confederate Statues Can Be Removed
About today: it was a somewhat deceptive day, weather-wise. It's nice and sunny, but step outside and it's 30-degree range temperatures! Hopefully things will warm up this weekend. Later today, I'm planning on finishing up on my taxes (thrilling, I know!), and then will work on cleaning the bedroom a bit...a new bed is coming soon!
Is this adulting? #probably
On Tuesday, March 30, I had a fairly easy-going writing day, compared to most, just writing two articles for Truthout.org. Check them out below:
• EU, WHO and Dozens of World Leaders Endorse Plan for Future Pandemic Treaty
• Trump’s New Official Website Attempts to Rewrite History and Gain Online Clout
About today: It's sunshine outside, and less windy in Madison than it was yesterday. My trashcan tipped over last night, that's how windy it was! After running a few errands later today (taxes, banking...fun stuff like that...), I will probably try to go to the Arboretum at some point, to do a short 30-60 minute walk in nature and "disconnect" for a bit.
This space will be for sharing content that I write elsewhere, as well as providing original content that isn't available on other sites.
I will attempt to share, each weekday, articles that I've produced for the places I write for (usually three articles daily) in a single blog post here. I will also share videos I create (coming soon!) and other forms of media that may come about (podcasts, etc.).
Lastly, I will produce also blog posts that will be exclusive to this site. While I write primarily about politics, these posts will not be limited to that topic, and I may just share my latest ideas on some simple or personal things — random thoughts I have during future road trips, for example, or reviewing restaurants/bars I like (once COVID is done!), or even just musings on anything that I want to get out on paper/the web.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you back here soon...