Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the Supreme Court centrist who for a generation has cast the deciding vote in the biggest cases, plans to retire, giving President Trump a chance to shift the court sharply to the right.
Kennedy’s decision to step down, announced Wednesday, offers conservatives the opportunity they have long sought to lock in a reliable five-member conservative majority on the high court. And for them, it comes at an ideal time, since Republicans control the Senate and have voted in unison to confirm Trump’s conservative court nominees.
With five solid conservatives, the justices could repeal the right to abortion, expand protections for gun owners, narrow gay rights and strengthen the president’s power to arrest and deport immigrants who are here illegally.
As we noted yesterday, the courts are not going to save us.
PS – I used the Activism tab up at the top of the blog and have contacted my two senators already and told them that I will have their backs when they stand up to Trump and Mitch McConnell. I urge you to do the same.
PPS – This fuckery ends at the ballot box. Check your voter registration, and if anything is amiss fix it NOW. Even if you are in the bluest of blue states, the Russians are more likely to fuck with us there than at our admittedly easy to hack voting machines. If you cannot vote, then the Russians (and Trump) don’t have to fake the numbers.
PPPS – I’ve also checked with my county’s Registrar of Voters to confirm that my registration details are valid and that I am confirmed as registered to vote.