Lion of the Blogosphere

Supreme Court and travel ban

This has confused a lot of the MSM. My take on this is that it’s a loss for Trump. 6 of 9 justices agreed that the lower courts were correct to issue an injunction against enforcement of the travel ban, they just think that injunction was a little bit too broad, in a way that in reality has no practical impact.

The majority also hinted that the case will be moot when it’s time to decide it on its merits, so this is likely to be the final say, unless Trump issues a longer-lasting travel ban.

The correct ruling would be that desired by the three dissenters, Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch. The lower courts should have been slapped down for unprecedented rulings granting constitutional rights to non-citizens who are residents of foreign countries and for not giving Trump the same deference given to Obama.

This ruling does demonstrate one huge benefit of a Trump presidency: Justice Gorsuch. Without Trump, Hillary Clinton would be president and she would have appointed an extreme liberal to the court. With Trump, we got a true conservative.

I have previously given Roberts the benefit of the doubt, but today I take away that benefit and pronounce Roberts as not a true conservative. Maybe he was once, but has decided to join the Dark Side so that the MSM doesn’t call him a “racist.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm

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  1. I dislike the Anglo Sphere with a passion. But citizens from the 3rd world, warlord nations love it and America is their favorite country. Gee, I wonder why. American Capitalism prey on the minds of the desperate.

    Delusional/parochial White Americans think America is the greatest country in the world, and then get upset when these people who share no commonalities in the linguistic, cultural and physical realm invade their territory in droves.

    From the gallup poll:

    And East Asians also top the list with the highest IQs.

    Not a single bleep about migrants from the Middle East though…what propaganda?

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/153992/150-million-adults-worldwide-migrate.aspx

    JS

    June 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    • In this clip a Russian guy explains how he makes $500 a day driving in America. I made $700 cash this Sunday doing duct work. US could easily get millions of Russian immigrants. Incidentally, this guy calls his channel ‘I’m an American’. JS, I think that you are genetically unsuitable for the Anglo-Saxon society.

      Yakov

      June 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      • Correct, I’m ill suited for America. It’s urban core has very few Spaniards, very few French, very few Northern Italians, but a lot of other prolier groups like the Irish, Ashkenazim, South Italians-Sicilians, Eastern Euros/Ruskies, and non-whites, from the better ones like East Asians to the very undesirable brown and black NAMs. What does this tell you about America and the main group of immigrants that come here?

        JS

        June 28, 2017 at 12:16 am

    • In this clip a Russian guy, who works as a drywall installer, shows his house that he had bought for $140,000 with a 3.5% mortgage. These guys have tons of clips about their life and work in America. They like everything over here, don’t bitch, don’t complain, celebrate Thanksgiving and the 4th of July and have over a 100,000 subscribers. Obviously, America isn’t for lazy bums, any hardworking guy loves it here though. This is the right immigration.

      Yakov

      June 27, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      • Oops, here is the clip. A correction: the guy who does the talking is a drywall installer, they guy who bought the house is an electrician. Pay attention to the sign on the wall: ‘ We are truly blessed’. True that!

        Yakov

        June 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      • Drywall installers and cab drivers have enough problems. There should be no more low skilled immigration.

        Magnavox

        June 28, 2017 at 5:35 am

      • I would think so too, but apparently not. The guy in the clip makes $22 an hour putting up drywall in Minnesota, while hardly speaking any English. Same goes for all his freinds. Where are Americans willing to do it for $22? Looks like a shortage to me. I would do it for $22, would you?

        My Georgian helper drives for Uber on weekends. This weekend was Ramadan and gay parade, so the drivers stayed home and the faggots were out en masse. He made $1,000. Where are Americans straight or faggoty willing to drive for 2 days to make $1,000? Why this shortage, Magna? I would drive for 2 days to make $1,000, would you?

        Yakov

        June 28, 2017 at 7:49 am

  2. Reminds me of my very wise comment from last month: https://lionoftheblogosphere.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/trumpdate-5252017/#comment-144432

    “The long run solution is a) conventional ordnance approach: long-term consistent effort by right-wing politicians to get sympathetic judges in place at all levels, not just the Supreme Court. This will be very difficult because the judges will constantly tend to backslide into poz. In other words, judges will often tend to be a lot less based than they appear before getting their appointments. Therefore, persistence is required.

    or b) nucyular option: Congress passes legislation restricting the jurisdiction of federal courts.

    Now a) is only possible if Trump and future Republican presidents actually feel motivated enough to constantly work on fighting the courts’ implacable sick urge to fall in line with what the New York Times and Wall Street Journal want. This prospect is dubious at best.”

    Greg Pandatshang

    June 26, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    • What about (b)? Why can’t Congress just had law saying that only courts with at least nine judges coming too unanimous agreement can declare something unconstitutional? I think we’d get reasonable use of the judicial review then as long as judges didn’t just start turning 5-4 decisions into 9-0 ones out of solidarity.

      Magnavox

      June 26, 2017 at 7:33 pm

  3. the supremes are politicians not judges. who doesn’t know this? yet there is still this pretense that they are “learned men”…and must be jds from the most prestigious law schools.

    the travel ban is so constitutional it hurts. the supremes are a joke.

    the framers did not anticipate stupidity and casuistry would become the dominate “philosophy of judicial interpretation”.

    a second constitutional convention is necessary.

    Beverly Hills Ninja

    June 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

  4. carter banned iranians. and he and his cabinet were all members of the trilateral commission.

    Beverly Hills Ninja

    June 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm

  5. Agree. There is NOTHING in the travel ban that should be disallowed. The Court’s ridiculous statement that “family relationships” are a way around it — gimme a break. Every jerkwad in those countries can show they have a cousin Abduhl in Newark, or whatever. To say nothing of the, you know, Constitution. So we now have six judges that don’t even take into account the actual legalities of things and just say whatever they want.

    peterike

    June 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm

  6. You sound like NeoGaf.

    Everybody who really follows the politics of immigration knows that this was a huge win for Trump. Dara Lind, Vox’s point “woman” for all things immigration, is beside herself with grief.

    The SC took the case despite no circuit split and overturned the stay. The Court will likely find Trump’s 2nd ban Constitutional 5-4.

    Otis the Sweaty

    June 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    • You must hear this all the time, but please start a blog. I’d suggest calling it “The Otis Filter.” Your distillation of Trump-related news is something that I wish I didn’t have to hit “ctrl-f” to find on here.

      Horace Pinker

      June 26, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      • Seconded.

        driveallnight

        June 26, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      • I don’t know how many people would read it but I would.

        destructure

        June 26, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    • You have to develop a political system more complicated and sophisticated than just doing whatever pisses off the MSM and neogaf. If those were reliable gauges Trump would be the greatest president ever when in reality he’s garbage. You’re just as manipulated and controlled as you would be if you blindly agreed with the msm on everything

      Magnavox

      June 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      • Did Magnavox say ‘blind’ and ‘garbage’? Yep.

        Andrew E.

        June 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      • I may be boring and repetitive but no less so than Otis or any number of other comments.

        Magnavox

        June 27, 2017 at 12:59 am

      • The butthurt is strongggggg in youuuuuuu….

        driveallnight

        June 27, 2017 at 2:22 am

      • Trump is the greatest President ever. That is simply a fact. Trump has:

        1. Secured the border
        2. Reduced refugees by 50%
        3. Cracked down on H1B abuse
        4. Ramped up enforcement against illegal immigration
        5. Moved the Overton window on immigration far to the right
        6. Caused deep emotional pain to the Left

        And contra you, it is in fact totally rational and correct to determine if policies are good or not depending on whether they cause NeoGaf pain. There is literally nothing more important than seeing NeoGaf suffer.

        Like somebody else here said, Trump may never get us to the Promised Land, but he got us out of Egypt.

        Otis the Sweaty

        June 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

      • Like somebody else here said, Trump may never get us to the Promised Land, but he got us out of Egypt.

        Or he got us out of Neogaf.

        But that + your other points are all good enough to keep the cult of personality on a roll.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        June 27, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      • Shit, “Neogaf” again? I already forgot what that was. Something about video games?

        Dave Pinsen

        June 27, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      • “Woke” videogamers.

      • 7. He armed the Kurds, which really pissed off Erdogan.

        8. He got the Saudis to isolate Qatar.

        I am not tired if winning yet.

        DataExplorer

        June 28, 2017 at 9:23 pm

  7. This, like GA06, is an example of the liberals getting themselves worked up into a lather, expecting SCOTUS to slap down the travel ban in flamboyant fashion (which was never going to happen) and are now melting down when faced with a reality that is not all that unfavorable to them but still feels like a bad loss because of their insane, delusional expectations.

    Two in the Bush

    June 26, 2017 at 5:55 pm

  8. I felt like it was a win for Trump. Taking family and business ties into account is something our government leaders must consider but national security overrides emotion.

    cesqy

    June 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    • Why must our “government leaders” take into account family and business ties? Where is that written?

      CamelCaseRob

      June 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      • In my opinion: People vote on emotion not logic. If the Republicans want to stay in power, I’ve said enough..

        cesqy

        June 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      • The republican voters overwhelmingly support Trump’s travel ban.

        CamelCaseRob

        June 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm

  9. I think this is a better sign than you’re interpreting it as, because when there’s a conservative majority on a case, Roberts likes to offer to join the liberals on a less-sweeping ruling in exchange for “unanimity,” as opposed to a 5-4 split. e.g. McCullen v. Coakley

    snorlaxwp

    June 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    • I’d love to see you diagram that sentence.

      destructure

      June 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

  10. It’s a technical loss, but a rhetorical victory.

    The liberals are in grief over Trump winning anything.

    But yes, nothing has been done to stem the demographic tidal wave swamping us, so Trump’s presidency is a total failure so far.

    jjbees

    June 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    • Opening the flood gates to legal and illegal immigration has taken many decades to accomplish. Trump started draining the swamp but it will take years to change course (if it’s still possible.) Political impatience won’t remove the embedded government globalists or change the years of indoctrination and brainwashing, only time.

      cesqy

      June 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      • Draining the swamp refers to getting rid of all the insiders and lobbyists, not reducing immigration, although they are both areas where Trump has almost totally failed so there is one connection.

        Magnavox

        June 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

  11. The lower courts should have been slapped down for unprecedented rulings granting constitutional rights to non-citizens who are residents of foreign countries

    You are wrong because the court didnt grant any such rights. They ruled specifically only on the question of the stay and said that stays are granted when the requester is likely to win on the merits. In this case one of the Plantiffs was a US citizen trying to bring in his Syrian Mother in Law.
    And someone brining in a wife.

    So they may be likely to suceed. But that same stay shoudl not apply universally to any Joe Blow.

    “See id., at 762 (“[A]n unadmitted and nonresident alien . . . ha[s] no constitutional right of entry to this country”). So whatever burdens may result from enforcement of §2(c) against aforeign national who lacks any connection to this country,they are, at a minimum, a good deal less concrete than thehardships identified by the courts below.”

    I think Justice Thomas’ is exactly correct- we will see a bunch of phony “business connections” being ginned up by groups trying to undermine the order.
    This of course will be another farce even though the majority opinion says “hey guys dont do that”.
    But if the mere fact of admitting a student to a Hawaiian diploma mill is sufficient to grant clear passage, I am sure that there will be a lot of dodges constructed.

    Also Thomas is right about the District courts- both of them were slapped down unanimously.
    Yet the people ruling on the next set of phony cases is like to be the 9th and the 4th who got this stay issue so completely wrong.

    “The compromise also will invite a flood of litigation until this case is finally resolved on the merits, as parties and courts struggle to determine what exactly constitutesa “bona fide relationship,” who precisely has a “credibleclaim” to that relationship, and whether the claimedrelationship was formed “simply to avoid §2(c)” of Executive Order No. 13780, ante, at 11, 12. And litigation of thefactual and legal issues that are likely to arise will presumably be directed to the two District Courts whose initial orders in these cases this Court has now— unanimously—found sufficiently questionable to be stayed as to the vast majority of the people potentially affected.”

    Lion o' the Turambar

    June 26, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    • They ruled specifically only on the question of the stay and said that stays are granted when the requester is likely to win on the merits. In this case one of the Plantiffs was a US citizen trying to bring in his Syrian Mother in Law.

      Yes.

      The original ban extended to those already being processed through the immigration system.

      Trump’s revised order was narrowed to foreign nationals of the six states not already being processed.

      It’s the second order that SCOTUS agreed with Trump on.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      June 26, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    • ” In this case one of the Plantiffs was a US citizen trying to bring in his Syrian Mother in Law.”

      What kind of a sicko wants to bring his Syrian mother in law to the US?

      What kind of a sicko wants to bring his M-i-L from anywhere???

      gothamette

      June 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    • yeah you are joking, but at least in those case there is some sort of justification of why there is a “right” of immigration which leads to a belief that a plaintiff might succeed and therefor there should be a stay.

      Thats the whole point that Lion misses. SCOTUS overrules the idea that random people deserve a stay based on imagined “rights”. The court rejected a “constitutional right” for foreigners.

      Lion of the Turambar

      June 27, 2017 at 10:19 pm

  12. No Pakistani or Bangladeshi Muslims are banned, simply because they make wonderful H1Bs for our tech lords and other STEM bosses. They are no different from Indians.

    Syed Farook and the San Bernadino bloodbath were an anomaly!

    JS

    June 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm

  13. A 9-0 decision to reinstate is absolutely a victory for Trump. You’re overthinking it.

    B.T.D.T.

    June 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm

  14. Trump’s people are arguing the matter poorly. As the libertarians point out, if he argues it as anti-immigration, he loses. If he argues it as a war measure, he wins.

    Libertarians are clear on the difference between immigration and invasion. The right isn’t.

    rob

    June 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm

  15. Right now the Supreme Court is four liberals, three conservatives, and two swings: Roberts and Kennedy.

    Kennedy is said to be thinking about retirement, and RBG doesn’t have all that much longer. It would be nice if Trump were to appoint another two Gorsuchs, so we could have five conservatives, three liberals, and one swing.

    That is, before Roberts transitions into becoming a liberal and one of the conservatives becomes a swing.

    Sid

    June 26, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    • Roberts is a tranny.

      destructure

      June 26, 2017 at 9:45 pm

  16. pronounce Roberts as not a true conservative.

    And GWB screws conservatives yet again.

    E. Rekshun

    June 26, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    • The Bushes were false opposition. They were the Promethian Guard of the globalist left.

      B.T.D.T.

      June 26, 2017 at 10:12 pm

  17. Lion could well be right. Never underestimate the desire of Georgetownies to continue to be invited to the right parties. I went to a T14 law school, and to the same high school as Stephen Breyer, but I readily admit I don’t understand anything about so-called “constitutional law.” What if this were a domestic police power case. Wouldn’t the standard of review be “rational basis”? So why shouldn’t an entire religion be bannable if 50% of its adherents say that suicide bombings are sometimes justifiable?

    You know me

    June 26, 2017 at 8:03 pm

  18. Yours is certainly a minority view on this. Seems everyone else considers it a win for Trump.

    Dave Pinsen

    June 27, 2017 at 2:16 am

    • My local newspaper, which hates Trump and gave banner headlines to the lower court stays, placed the story on page 9 today.

      Richard

      June 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

    • It is a political win for Trump but not a win for limiting immigration in a meaningful way. Remember that the “travel ban” is nonsense that doesn’t actually ban Muslims and doesn’t restrict immigration from the countries where most immigrants actually come from. It is just theater to keep the left off balance while the GOP continues the same old pro-business immigration policies it has always pursued.

      Peter Akuleyev

      June 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      • Theater to fool Trump’s ignorant supporters many of whom are in the comments here

        Magnavox

        June 28, 2017 at 12:39 am

      • Well Magnavox, if you’re so great, why don’t you ban all immigration for a 100 years? Oh you don’t have the power. Neither does Trump. He can only do what’s within his power and he can’t go full dictator just yet.

        So stop bitching about how he hasn’t done enough. He has already done enough so as to be praise worthy.

        Libs always supported Obama no matter how little he did for them. You can’t win something if your own team doesn’t even support you.

        But we all know you are just a Trojan Horse Clinton operative. So it’s all just words into the wind…

        Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lap Dog

        July 1, 2017 at 12:03 pm

  19. I am still pretty excited that we got the first Muslim ban in a Western country. However the executive order stipulates an annual cap of 50,000 refugees! If these refugees won’t be from Muslim failed states then where will we get the 50,000 from? I took a look at the world refugee population by country, and they are mainly sub saharan Africans, ie the Congo has something like half a million refugees. Looks like we will be trading dangerous terrorists for low iq blacks.

    DataExplorer

    June 27, 2017 at 6:50 am

    • Can get a million refugees from Donbass, and a few million from Ukraine. Very simple.

      Yakov

      June 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

      • Poland claims that they have 1.3 million Ukrainian refugees and migrants. Sure, a lot of them were economic migrants before Maidan and Crimea, but who cares? I know people say we have to take in people escaping war in Syria, but that’s an excuse. It’s now considered just as morally virtuous to take in economic migrants as refugees who lost their homes in war. It’s not like Eritreans landing in Italy lost their homes in Aleppo.

        Sid

        June 27, 2017 at 8:10 pm

  20. Listen Magna, you think you can do this clown stuff with me? If I win a case against two crooked Jewish lawyers, you think you can do shtick with me?

    You never installed any AC by yourself and this is very simple to illustrate. A typical DIY AC installation kit comes with everything ready: the lindset flared on both sides, the communication wire with connectors on both sides, condensing unit with holding charge. No brazing is expected from DIY guys ever. You cannot soder these pipes because the refrigerant used in them R410A operates with pressures up to 475 psi. How would you test your soldering for leaks even if you were to do it somehow? You gotta test them at 500 psi at least. You got equipment to do it? You, mate, were fooling around, which is OK. I’m just surprised that you are not bright enough to understand that it wouldn’t fly.

    Here is a link to a unit that DIY yourself guy can do. Go through the images and you’ll see that everything you need is supplied for you.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DVW6BG0/ref=asc_df_B01DVW6BG05049539/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395009&creativeASIN=B01DVW6BG0&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167149293059&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17910164739327793272&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9004355&hvtargid=pla-307589362235

    I once had a customer who did it himself. This was a Greek guy who could have posed for a statue. Wow! What a beautiful specimen he was, like he stepped out of a history book! A shrink by profession with two years of experience as an electricians helper back in Greece. So this beautiful guy did a beautiful job installing a beautiful 2 ton unit. He calls me to come and do the vacuum and the startup. OK, so I ask him if he wants me to do a pressure test first? Gonna cost money? Yes, gonna cost money. So he opts out. No problem, I do vacuum open the valves, collect $300 cash, bye! A week latter he calls me that the unit doesn’t work and he thinks the unit has a leak. No problem, I come and go straight for the indoor flare connection. Bingo! Tightened the flare and that’s it. Now, this system is a critically charged system i. e. you have to weight in the charge, you shouldn’t top off a leak. So my poor Greek god has a choice $600 to weigh in the critical charge or $75 per pound with me topping it off. He chooses to top it off after receiving the warning that it should be weighted in. This sets him back another $300 and he doesn’t have the perfect charge in his system. So here a guy spent $600 to install the system himself. Lolz. This was an elementary install and I could have done the whole thing for him for $800, maybe $600 because he was such a nice guy. So, Magna, again, don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Let us make our money and you enjoy a proper installation for many happy years. You gonna save yourself money and nerves. Lolz. You and JS are realy something.

    Yakov

    June 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

    • I don’t look like a Greek god and you don’t write homoerotically charged posts about me but the AC works fine.

      Magnavox

      June 27, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      • Where is the link to the unit?

        Yakov

        June 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      • ‘homoerotically charged posts’.

        Lolz! You are a miserable creature! Mate, you are in a bad way!

        Now check this out. This happened in my IT days. So we hire this British guy as a consultant, he turned out OK, but not great, incidentally. So he goes into my Greek friend’s office on his fist day at work to get his assignment from us. I walk in and embrace my friend, smell his hair and go: ‘Man, you smell so good today, man! What did you put into your hair, man?’. That poor miserable Brit almost fell of his chair. Listen, all it is is normal warm Mediterranean feeling that people have for each other and are not afraid to express it. There is nothing homo or erotic or homoerotic or whatever about this. Unbelievable!

        Yakov

        June 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      • And the real riot is that this Brit was pushing 40, single with no kids, while we were marries with kids! Talk about weird, man!

        Yakov

        June 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    • “I once had a customer..,, a Greek guy who could have posed for a statue. Wow! What a beautiful specimen, like he stepped out of a history book!”

      I’m starting to wonder if you’re really the tough, blue-collar, family man you purport to be.

      Roli

      June 27, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      • You can’t compartamentalize people like me. You should focus on the substance.

        Yakov

        June 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      • Pooped in the street lately roli?

        driveallnight

        June 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    • Listen Magna, you think you can do this clown stuff with me?

      He/she/it doesn’t “think”.

      It just takes the opposite opinion of the majority here just for the sake of trolling and driving the comments completely off track.

      And yet for some reason the mighty Lion allows doesn’t ban it for wasting everyone’s time.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      June 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      • Lion is right, though. I’m not a beleiver in banning either.

        Yakov

        June 27, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      • He’s blocked a bunch of my comments for being too anti-Semitic if that makes you feel any better

        Magnavox

        June 28, 2017 at 12:50 am

      • Thus is good. Lion’s commenting policy is sensible and close to perfect.

        Yakov

        June 28, 2017 at 7:52 am

  21. Again, I wonder why much of this was not done administratively (well I sort of do, Trump may not be up for such subtleties). Deny visas. The end. Visa denial is not reviewable. The visa cap also cannot be subject to judicial second guessing.

    Defund ORR or additional administrative layers and requirements that make their job untenable.

    ASF

    June 27, 2017 at 10:55 am

    • “Deny visas.”

      How do you know this isn’t happening?

      gothamette

      June 27, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    • Because Trump doesn’t want to do anything secretly. He wants to put on a big show for his supporters. It’s the GOP establishment that wants to discretely stab Trump’s supporters in the back.

      Magnavox

      June 28, 2017 at 12:43 am

  22. Completely off topic. An article about the globalist enemy Lion and others might find interesting:

    https://newrepublic.com/article/143003/nowhere-mag-monocle-globalist-chic-survive-age-populism

    Peter Akuleyev

    June 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm

  23. Agree that Roberts is a turd.

    The US Supreme Court is the last remnant of monarchy in this country. The justices can rule any way they want and, if they decide a case on constitutional grounds, they can only be reversed by a constitutional amendment, which is almost impossible. Only one Supreme Court justice has ever been impeached, and he was not convicted.

    The federal judiciary was set up this way because, under British colonial rule, the king appointed the judges, and if he didn’t like their rulings, he got rid of them and appointed judges more to his liking. So the Founding Fathers wanted to assure a truly independent judiciary, but this doesn’t seem to work very well. Also, in the 1780’s, average life expectency was less than fifty years, so the risk of semi-senile justices hanging on into their 80’s was small.

    My solution? Elect them! There are nine judicial districts, so let each one elect a justice on a staggered basis, and, oh yes, term limit them. Let them answer to the voters, as most state judges have to do.

    Black Death

    June 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    • That would require a Constitutional Amendment, so it’s not going to happen.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      June 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    • Presuming we had politicians interested in Constitutionalism, and legal schools interested in jurisprudence, judges able to stay on the bench longer is a benefit rather than a negative. Take a look at how idiotic the general voting populace is, and how short their attention spans are.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      June 27, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      • Being learned in constitutionalism just means being able to come up with complex and convincing arguments as to why the Constitution means whatever you want it to.

        Magnavox

        June 28, 2017 at 12:49 am

  24. Lion, maybe you can comment on this ridiculous National Review article that says the GOP will lose the 2018 elections if they DON’T repeal Obamacare.

    The proof? A survey that says 10% of GOP voters say they will abandon the Republican party if Obamacare is not repealed. lol!

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448950/obamacare-repeal-replace-republican-voters-will-punish-inaction

    Jimi

    June 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm

  25. Andrew McCarthy, the immigration hawk at National Review, doesn’t see this as a victory for Trump either:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448989/supreme-court-travel-ban-order-trump-victory-limited

    Richard

    June 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm

  26. Next move should be to make the Somali ban permanent. Minnesota and Maine automatically come in to play for him in 2020 and he solidifies his hold on Wisconsin.

    PerezHBD

    June 27, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    • Ha! He should also terminate the H1B program altogether and get native proles to move their lazy @sses to fill their roles. Proles will be working for Zuckerberg, Microsoft and Ernst & Young.

      JS

      June 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    • He also needs to make another fascist move. Liberal arts programs are capped at a low ceiling when it to comes tuition. Enuff of baristas working at Starbucks who are indentured servants paying back their student loans.

      JS

      June 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

  27. Hey Lion, I think Ann Couler is reading your blog. Here she is arguing for how stupid the Republicans are to leave Obamacare intact (with high premiums) while getting rid of the taxes:

    49% of country DON’T PAY TAXES! They voted for Trump! High income voters are a reliably Democratic constituency.

    • Is it realy true that 49% don’t pay taxes or is this propaganda?

      Yakov

      June 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    • The tax reform effort will be much more limited if the Obamacare repeal doesn’t happen though I expect it to succeed at some point this summer. But the tax cuts within the Obamacare repeal is just rolling back the dozen or so taxes on various and sundry that the original Obamacare law put in place. It seems that few understand, among those who should understand, what the Senate repeal bill is actually doing. Taken in total, over the next five years or so (as Medicaid expansion is rolled back over time along with the subsidies to the insurance companies) it is essentially a repeal of Obamacare taking us back to the system pre-Obamacare with the exception that the individual market will now need to cover pre-existing conditions, like the much larger employer insurance market has required for a long time.

      As the rollback unfolds Congress can do other things in the meantime to reduce health care costs such as enforcing price transparency, allow the buying of insurance across state lines, allow associations to form for group-buying of insurance, allow re-importation of prescription drugs, etc.

      Andrew E.

      June 28, 2017 at 9:36 am

  28. In France, poor people pay more taxe than rich people, because they pay sales taxes with is 20% of the value of most goods except food, and as they consume all their income, they tend to have a global 15% taxe level, even if they don’t pay tax on income.

    In the USA, as the sales tax is so low, many people don’t contribute to the system. In that case, it’s strange that people can vote on common good and public policies, when they almost not participate in financing it.

    Bruno from Paris

    June 28, 2017 at 12:46 am

    • So all these French who are being fleeced at 20% sales tax voted to be fleeced? 20% sales tax is somehow good? Explain it.

      Yakov

      June 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

    • You mean to say poor people pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes, NOT that they pay more tax than rich people. But point taken.

      CamelCaseRob

      June 28, 2017 at 11:09 am

    • Of course, Yakov and those pro-American types don’t understand that in France, college and housing are cheap (except housing in Paris). Also, healthcare, healthcare…taxes pay for that…not in America, though.

      JS

      June 28, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      • Ain’t gonna pay no 20% sales tax. Americans would rebel and rightly so. These are the poor, now what about the normal folks they pay the 20% on top of their taxes, right? Well, they are crazy. No wonder they don’t reproduce and are dying out. They are done, stick a fork into them!

        Yakov

        June 28, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      • Ain’t gonna pay no 20% sales tax. Americans would rebel and rightly so. These are the poor, now what about the normal folks they pay the 20% on top of their taxes, right? Well, they are crazy. No wonder they don’t reproduce and are dying out. They are done, stick a fork into them!

        Yakov

        June 28, 2017 at 10:04 pm

  29. semi-OT: I was just walking through a fashionable neighborhood when a canvasser from ACLU stopped me. “Stop Trump from deporting immigrants!” she proffered. I’m too nice in person to ask “What does this have to do with Americans? What does this have to do with civil liberties?” Instead, I just told her that I like Trump and she gave me a wide berth to pass.

    Greg Pandatshang

    June 28, 2017 at 8:48 pm


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