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How to Deal with Supreme Mischief

The new queen is likely to be far to the left of the old king. But for now, it won’t make much difference: the balance of the court won’t shift — Trump saw to that.

The king is dead. Long live the queen. That’s not quite what the Dem-Libs were shouting when Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his impending retirement — except, of course, the Biden administration didn’t have the decency to let him announce it; they did that themselves. They want to be sure he’s gone long before November.

But the scramble was on tout de suite, as Breyer, who taught himself French, might say. And now the hunt begins — not, of course, for the most qualified person, but only, of course, for a person who has the right qualifications, which are, of course, sex and color. That’s not speculation: Biden actually said it. Said he was going to do what would be illegal if you did it: hire on the basis of sex and color.

But what is sex? And what is color? Is Biden going to consider people who, whatever sex was assigned to them at birth or whatever color they may seem to be, identify as something else? Of course, he doesn’t actually have to select such a person, but if he doesn’t even consider such a person, isn’t he mockin’ the whole transie business? Who will call him on it?

What are the odds Biden’s nominee will get confirmed? About 100 percent. There can be poetic justice concealed there, or maybe just lying in plain sight: the less scrutiny there is, the more potential there is for future scandal. Maybe the woman nominated will be like the head of the Black Lives Matter movement, who turned out to be making out like a bandit — million-dollar houses everywhere. That’s the risk a hurried, ideologically motivated confirmation carries. Why should Republicans try to stop a Democrat train headed for a cliff?

Because it is almost certain that Biden’s choice will get confirmed, the only real question is what the process will be like.

The Democrats and the media (if you can tell them apart) are hoping and praying (to a non-religious god, of course) that the Republicans will make a Big Stink. A Big Stink would take the public’s attention off the Biden administration’s catastrophic management of … everything: from the crooked Hunter Biden laptop issue, to the catastrophic military withdrawal from Afghanistan, to the supply chain disaster, to the Jimmy Carter–era inflation, to vaccine mandates — to anything and everything Joe Biden touches.

The Senate, as everyone knows, is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Remarkably, in the case of confirmation of presidential nominees to any position, the vice president technically cannot break a tie vote. In practice, however, the Senate allows the vice president to break ties when confirming nominees. Still, in theory, Biden’s nominee could fail to get a majority vote.

That is unlikely. At least one Republican senator, Romney, Murkowski, or Collins, is likely to vote for whomever Biden nominates.

So: if confirmation is assured, what should Senate Republicans, the non-Romney-Murkowski-Collins Republicans, do?

Before the nomination goes to the Senate for a vote, it has to be voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Republicans on the Judiciary Committee should ask polite but pointed questions designed to bring out what, if anything, the nominee believes, and show how outré (another Breyer word meaning bizarre, far out, screwy, wacky) she is. Each of the 10 members should certainly ask her what she thinks about Biden’s efforts (including using the filibuster) to keep Janice Rogers Brown (a black woman) from being confirmed in 2005 to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. They should make their points, establish a record, and then quietly and orderly vote not to recommend that the nomination go forward. No grandstanding. No hysterics. Just orderly disagreement.

There are 10 Republicans on the committee and 10 Democrats, but almost certainly one of the Republicans will vote the nominee out of committee. Then the nomination goes to the full Senate, where the nominee is almost certain to be confirmed. End of story.

What a disaster for the news-hungry Democrats. And for the left-wing, woke media. No ranting and raving at Republicans for being anti-black and anti-woman.

The only downside is the reaction of the Republican “base,” especially the conservatives. They might well be disappointed not to see the fight of the decade, not to see Republicans fight like … like Democrats. But Republicans would never stoop to the level the Democrats did in the confirmation battles over President Donald Trump’s nominees. That’s just not who they are — and quite properly so.

And there would be no point. Even if they succeeded in defeating the nomination, the next one would be just as bad. It’s true, the Senate may — may well — become Republican after the elections in November. But Biden could send up four or five more nominations before then — and they wouldn’t be any better, and they’d probably be worse — and there isn’t any way the Republicans could defeat them all. And even if they did, is that the record — rejecting five black women candidates — they want to run on?

The new queen is likely to be far to the left of the old king. But for now, it won’t make much difference: the balance of the court won’t shift — Trump saw to that. The real battle takes place in November.

Published:

February 3, 2022
The American Spectator

Forget Waldo. Where’s Colin Powell?

The most disturbing statistic for Democrats must have been the increase (of about 2 to 4 percent) in the share of the black vote received by Trump in 2020.

General Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state, is one of the most prominent African Americans in the United States.

Powell criticized Donald Trump in 2016 and voted against him. He then criticized Republicans for “putting political interests ahead of the interests of Americans,” and in 2020 voted for Joe Biden, even endorsing Biden at the Democratic National Convention. Given the closeness of the vote, Powell’s endorsement makes him not insignificantly responsible for Biden’s election.

It’s true that Biden campaigned as a moderate, but it’s also true that someone like Powell must have read about the Hunter Biden laptop scandal and the likelihood that Biden and the Biden family are corrupt. 

We all make mistakes: Powell seems like someone big enough to admit he made one, unless he prefers Biden, now, to Trump, even though Trump’s policies produced the lowest unemployment for blacks ever, a policy success which might be said to be in the interest of all Americans, not just those belonging to the party that produced those results.

What is Powell thinking now? And what was he thinking all during the summer of 2020 (before the election) when American cities were burning in post-George Floyd riots choreographed by Antifa and Black Lives Matter amid the deafening silence of the Democratic Party in general and Joe Biden in particular? 

Why is this influential black man silent on “antiracism”? And the 1619 Project? And on “equity”—this administration’s watchword? And on what looks like an attempt to purge the military of “white supremacists,” i.e., people who voted for Donald Trump? 

Years ago, the civil rights movement was hijacked by homosexuals who, cleverly and successfully, equated being homosexual with being black, and demanded all the protections and benefits blacks were entitled to under the Civil Rights Acts. 

Some will disagree that being homosexual is different from being black. But only about three and a half percent of people identify as homosexual, and that alone makes them different from blacks. If there were a homosexual gene (there isn’t), and if it could be turned off before birth, how many prospective parents would choose not to have it turned off? Exactly! Being a homosexual is not the same as being black, raising the question: where was the black community in resisting the comparison to, and the hijacking of, the civil rights movement by the homosexual community?

And where was Colin Powell?

It’s an important question because the black community is being used again, this time by anarchist Democrats (the kind who run the party and pontificate on network news programs) who seek to destroy American traditions—and, likely, America itself, along with them. That’s what critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and “equity” are all about. 

The Biden victory—assuming (but not asserting) that it wasn’t stolen—was a close call. The most disturbing statistic for Democrats must have been the increase (of about 2 to 4 percent) in the share of the black vote received by Trump in 2020. That was a call to action for Democrats, and the action we have seen and are seeing is an attempt to convince blacks that Republicans are racists. Hence the absurd claim that Georgia’s new voting laws are irredeemably racist, even though they are now more “liberal” than those in Biden’s home state of Delaware. Even so, such sensible voting laws are described by Democrats as the greatest threat to the country since the Civil War. 

And according to Jack Posobiec at Human Events, the Department of Justice is now claiming that inner-city violence is caused by white supremacist ideology, racism, and police. These people are trying to start a race war in order to preserve their power, as they are trying to preserve their power by opening the border to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who will become dependent on government largess and, Democrats hope, supporters of their party. 

Meanwhile, the military seems to be going woke. Earlier this year, the administration issued an “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance,” which mentions such “military objectives” as combating climate change and racial injustice. The military has also been launching diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives. What that has to do with beating the Chinese is unclear. 

Two Republican members of Congress, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), have launched a new initiative to eliminate “woke” training programs in the U.S. military, and both have places on their websites where military personnel can report, anonymously, examples of woke indoctrination in the armed services.

Now the military is considering requiring soldiers to be vaccinated, although young soldiers have about as much risk of dying from the Wuhan virus as from overdosing on brownies. Why isn’t Colin Powell protecting soldiers who don’t want to take the risk of vaccination for no health gain? 

Powell has said, “And right now I’m just watching my country and not concerned with parties.” Right. And right now (and last summer too?) he’s just watching the flames, and not concerned with who’s throwing the gasoline and who’s trying to put out the fires? Leadership, anyone? Anyone? 

Powell may have no obligation—or may have had no obligation—to wade into any of these issues, but he has waded into them by opposing Trump and supporting Biden. If he is opposed to critical race theory, and the 1619 Project, and the “equity” project, and a woke military, and rampant illegal immigration (the five horsemen of the Democratic Party’s apocalypse) he should say so. His silence on the issues will be deemed consent to their goals. In that case, he likely will be, and should be, left behind by all of us, and especially by the black community, which less and less often shares the goals of the Democratic Party, so busily now returning to the racism of its past. 

Where is Colin Powell when his country needs him? 

Published:

July 27, 2021
American Greatness