quote:So you want to have justices who disagree with the people you disagree with (for "balance"), but you aren't concerned that they follow your party line? You want to have justices that are opposed to the "Republican" (or at least Republican-nominated) justices, but it's "not about partisanship"?
I want to restore the political balance but without regard to loyalty to a party. That isn’t hard to understand. Of course you probably do and this distortion is just dishonest spin. Or maybe, as a Republican you’ve lost even the idea of principles.
quote:Look, I get it, you want the Supreme Court to decide in certain ways. Let's face it, so do I: I think if Roe vs. Wade is overturned it'll be a serious problem (which can be fixed by legislation, of course, as it was in some states even before 1973) and hope for future justices to be nominated who agree with me.
Obviously you don’t get it. The central point is that the Republicans have gone too far packing the court with justices that will decide their way, and a balance should be restored. Which way the balanced court rules on particular questions is less important than that there is a balanced court too rule.
Looking at the BBC site if everything goes the way predicted the margin may be even narrower. It may come down to the last state to post results.
Trump says he wants to stop the counts, but we’ll see if he does anything. Trump says a lot of things. The Texas court case where both State and Federal courts refused to invalidate over 100,000 legal votes gives me hope that the Supreme Court will not rubber-stamp any demand Trump makes (even if some of the Justices would do that).
Contrary to Phat’s claim know perfectly well that Trump and some of his supporters will claim that the election was stolen if he loses. The rest of us will wait to see what happens - and what happened. )If the Post Office delays did disenfranchise many Americans - including those serving overseas in the armed forces - there should be questions asked. Especially as it seems that the delays were intentional).
quote:I really dont mind if the Republicans maintain power...only because I fear that a Democratic Victory will lead to handing the Covid 19 and national debt bill to the US middle and working class rather than attempt to force the entire world to pay it off through trade wars and positioning advantageous to the small businessman of America.
You do realise that the Republicans are more likely to pass the debt on to the working and middle class and tariffs are one way to do that? Tariffs aren’t paid by the “rest of the world”. They are paid by the importers and the cost is passed on to consumers.
It’s hard to build bridges with people who actively hate you.
Trump is going to continue to raise bogus lawsuits to try to steal the election and plenty of his supporters back the effort. Rudy Giuliani announced a major lawsuit in Philadelphia, a little while ago.
The Republican Party should change their name, since they)re now openly trying to destroy the Republic.
He can mess up the Covid response even more. He can refuse to sign another stimulus Bill. He can go through with his recent executive order and put even more of his loyalists into the civil service, replacing people who can actually do the job. He can refuse to cooperate with Biden’s Transition Team, and secretly order his people to obstruct them. He can continue to inflame his supporters with his talk of Biden “stealing the vote” - and who knows what trouble that will cause into Biden’s term ?
But the chickens will be coming home to roost on the Covid front, well before Biden takes office. America has seen record numbers of new cases on each of the last three days (including Mark Meadows, Trump’s Chief of Staff). I think that things are going to get bad for the U.S. Over here, Boris may be an incompetent clown, but at least he’s taking action.
quote:But your political position is what determines where you think the "balance point" should be!
Then I guess that makes me a Centrist.
quote:Or . . . wait a minute . . . are you talking about the distribution of political opinion in the electorate? Justices should be about half-and-half Republican and Democrat?
No, roughly half conservative (which the Republican Party largely isn’t now) and roughly half liberal.
quote:So that if, say, one ninth of the population believed in white supremacy you'd support the nomination of one justice (out of nine) who is an avowed white supremacist? How about the people who believe religion should be taught in public schools? How about the global warming "deniers"?