This Supreme Court Hasn’t Changed

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Here’s the audio of today’s “Pat Political Point” from WSGW’s First Day. The text of this week’s “PPP” is below. My email address is at the end of the post.


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A couple of the Supreme Court’s decisions have outright angered conservatives throughout the land. The Court’s decisions to legalize same sex marriage, and to declare Obamacare subsidies constitutional, have left many on The Right to believe the Roberts Court has gone bonkers.

Conservatives didn’t hesitate to voice their outrage at the Supreme Court.  After the Chief Justice John Roberts, and fellow conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined the four liberal justices in deciding the Obamacare subsides were legal, Fox News pundit Andrea Tantarus tweeted:

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said The Court’s opinion is nothing short of “an out-of-control act of judicial tyranny.”

And if you thought that was bad, you only had to wait a day later for the huge implosion within conservative circles after The Court’s ruling on gay marriage. Louisiana Governor (and one of the 134 GOP presidential candidates) Bobby Jindal had a rather measured response to the decision, by arguing we “get rid of the Supreme Court” in order to save money. So much for being an ardent fan of the U.S. Constitution.

Texas Republican Senator (and yes, one of the other many handfuls of GOP presidential candidates) Ted Cruz said that due to these recent decisions, we should consider ending the lifetime terms for the judges, and instead be allowed to vote them on or off of the bench. Again, so much for believing in our Founding Fathers!

Then, TV Land this week stopped airing Dukes Of Hazard due to the Confederate flag’s image on top of the General Lee, leading many on The Right to wonder if Pat Boone records were the next vestiges of so-called American “heritage” to be banned!

Which leads me to this brief aside: If The Dukes Of Hazard represents American Southern “heritage,” then I completely understand why the South lost the war. It was stupid television! That was the point of the show! Seriously, didn’t you think the show jumped the shark when the Duke boys tried to get that alien back to his home? No, not an illegal alien! One from outer space! That episode made Fonzi’s “Jump The Shark” episode seem like fantastic high-brow entertainment! And not all shows based on the South were bad. Did Andy Griffith’s police car have a Confederate flag? Did the Confederate flag ever make an appearance on that show? And let’s face it, Roscoe made Barny look like Columbo!

But I digress.

Senator Cruz called the back-to-back historical decisions by the Supreme Court to represent “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.” I’ve got to believe that there are some people who, while they may disagree with The Court’s rulings, probably would say the 9/11 attack, Pearl Harbor, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, slavery, lynchings, the beating death of Matthew Shepherd because he was gay, the Columbine shooting massacre, the Charleston attacks, the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson “separate but equal” decision, and The Dukes Of Hazard episodes with Pat Boone records playing in the background, were darker moments in American history. (Yes, I’m joking about The Dukes Of Hazard part, but not Pat Boone records!)

The reaction by many conservative talkers on WSGW 100.5FM has been quite harsh, specifically on the gay marriage ruling. While most Americans have evolved and grown through the years on the issue of gay marriage, some conservatives haven’t been able to grapple with the reality that we’re no longer living in the 1950’s, which is a good thing.

Former conservative talk show host Jack Hunter worries that reactions, like the one spouted-off by Ted Cruz, will only harm the conservative movement for years to come as Americans will view conservatives as intolerant and angry.

Conservative writer S.E. Cupp cried on television after ruling, urging her fellow conservatives to embrace this change, or else become “relics.

Yet, I was not stunned by these rulings by this Supreme Court.

Why?

Because these decision held in-line with all of the other pro-business, pro-corporation rulings issued by The Roberts Court.

There was no way Chief Justice Roberts was going to rule in favor of gutting the Obamacare subsidies. True, Roberts did cite the Black’s Law Dictionary to show how the statutory language in Obamacare did allow for the federal government to provide tax subsidies if the states failed to create their own health care exchanges.

That Roberts sided with the federal government’s interpretation of the law shouldn’t be earth-shattering. While the lawsuit was indeed far-fetched, Roberts was going to vote in favor of Obamacare because Obamacare is a boon for the health insurance industry! Yes, the industry has to accept people with pre-existing conditions, but they are gaining millions of additional customers! Single payer means the death spiral for the industry. So, the health insurance industry is willing to pay a bit more for coverage in exchange for more customers!

The Court was also going to vote in favor of gay marriage because that’s a business-friendly decision!

Businesses are always searching for the best and most-qualified workers. Why in the world would they set-up shop in a state that continues to live in the dark ages by banning gay marriage? Businesses know that highly qualified gays and lesbians would never want to live in states with such backwater thinking. Now, business are more free to move wherever they want knowing they can attract the best of the best.

These rulings follow another pro-business ruling from this term. The Court ruled that the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency’s orders to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants were unconstitutional, and that the EPA must consider cost to the industry when issuing such rules. Again, another decision favoring business.

The Obamacare and gay marriage rulings are consistent with other business-friendly rulings by The Roberts Court. Why aren’t other people identifying that truth, too?

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The Meltdown

PotBoilingAfter President Obama’s congressional and Supreme Court victories this week, The Right is obviously frustrated. I can empathize with how they’re feeling…a little. I remember feeling despondent and defeated in 2005 with another four years of a W. Bush administration, along with a Republican majority in Congress, staring me right in the face. The day after Bush beat John Kerry in 2004 was one of the toughest political days of my life, and I felt more cynical about America that day than I had ever felt before. And that’s saying something because I’m a born cynic.

So I understand why conservatives are feeling out-of-sorts this week.

Wayne Allen Root is taking his depression to a whole different plane:

I think the Obama Crime Family meets with a key politician like Boehner or Justice Roberts and they offer both a carrot and stick. They threaten to expose something terrible like an affair, or corruption, or malfeasance, or immorality that would shock the nation, ruin their career, destroy their legacy, cost their marriage, destroy their relationship with their children and leave them unemployable by any respectable law firm or lobbyist. That’s what’s behind door number one.

Or if you see the light and vote Obama’s way, they get to continue playing national leader and hero, their legacy is untouched, their family loves them, and they retire someday to a $5 million per year lobbying job (like Dennis Hastert). That’s what’s behind door number two.

Which would you choose?

Trust me – those options are being offered every day by the Obama Crime Family to key political figures in Washington, D.C. Republicans are being blackmailed, intimidated, extorted and bribed. That explains Justice Roberts and the Supremes ruling against the American People again. That explains why conservatives keep winning elections, yet we keep gaining nothing and losing everything. It’s all been fixed.

The Obama Crime Family is in charge.

It’s funny how The Right considers Obama both a “crime boss” and a foreign policy weakling simultaneously.

Root provides no evidence, mind you, but who cares? He’s throwing a temper tantrum because America is changing.

I think if you go back and study history, those standing in the way of change held enough power to thwart that change from happening for a long period of time. Eventually, the change they tried to stop steamrolled them by younger generations.

Do you remember in the Christmas TV special, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” the town’s mayor did everything in his power to prevent the kids from playing with toys? He was going to do whatever it took to stop that darn Mickey Rooney-voiced Santa from bringing happiness to those kids! Well, due to time constraints (and the lack of an effective way to settle the Santa-Burgermeister showdown), Mayor Burgermeister-Meisterburger simply died.

Change happened, and for the better.

The opponents of America’s promise to always be an enlightened and progressing society will always put-up a fight, but they become relics of the past and are forgotten.

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Obamacare Is The Law Of The Land

ObamaCareThe Supreme Court once again voted in favor of Obamacare, and for the second time, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts voted to uphold the law:

In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined—“to say what the law is.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803). That is easier in some cases than in others. But in every case we must respect the role of the Legislature, and take care not to undo what it has done. A fair reading of legislation demands a fair understanding of the legislative plan.

Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter. Section 36B can fairly be read consistent with what we see as Congress’s plan, and that is the reading we adopt.

The Supreme Court stuck with precedence by giving legislative intent huge leeway. Ryan Grim also notes how Roberts used the Black’s Law Dictionary to help prove the words “established by the State” could easily mean that the subsidies could be established by either the federal or state governments.

The law isn’t perfect, as I’ve said repeatedly. It has worked, though, in lowering the number of uninsured Americans, which was the primary goal. Hopefully, Congress and a future president can work to make it affordable for more Americans. Maybe Congress will someday be galvanized to allow Americans to shop for less expensive drugs in other countries, like Canada. Maybe we could make it more affordable for Middle Class Americans who don’t qualify for subsidies, and could use the help.

Maybe 30 years from now, we’ll finally join the slew of other industrialized countries by adopting a public option for coverage, or even a single payer plan.

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Pete Rose Has Zero Chance Of Reaching The Hall

Pete RosePete Rose apologists have fought for years saying that ole’ Charlie Hustle shouldn’t be punished for things he did as a manager. The apologists have complained that Rose has been getting shafted for gambling on baseball games while managing the Cincinnati Reds. He shouldn’t be denied a spot in Baseball’s Hall Of Fame, they argue, because his previously documented transgressions never happened while he played the game.  I wonder how they feel today since we now know he did indeed bet on baseball as a player.

ESPN:

But new documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet extensively on baseball — and on the Cincinnati Reds — as he racked up the last hits of a record-smashing career in 1986. The documents go beyond the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report that led to Rose’s banishment and provide the first written record that Rose bet while he was still on the field.

“This does it. This closes the door,” said John Dowd, the former federal prosecutor who led MLB’s investigation.

The documents are copies of pages from a notebook seized from the home of former Rose associate Michael Bertolini during a raid by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in October 1989, nearly two months after Rose was declared permanently ineligible by Major League Baseball. Their authenticity has been verified by two people who took part in the raid, which was part of a mail fraud investigation and unrelated to gambling. For 26 years, the notebook has remained under court-ordered seal and is currently stored in the National Archives’ New York office, where officials have declined requests to release it publicly.

Dowd was able to get another Rose associate to admit that Rose bet on Cincinnati Reds games from 1984-1986, but he was unable to get documented evidence. Thanks to ESPN, we now have evidence.

Every ballplayer, and I mean every ballplayer knows MLB Rule 21:

“Any player, umpire, or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has a duty to perform shall be declared permanently ineligible.”

I feel no sorrow for Rose. He broke the sacred rule of baseball, and of all sports, quite honestly. And please, spare me the “he only bet for the Reds” defense! The rule doesn’t say gambling is cool as long as you bet on your team!

Rose was a great baseball player, and he’ll always be considered one of the best, like Shoeless Joe Jackson before him. But like Shoeless Joe, Rose doesn’t deserve a spot in the Hall Of Fame.

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First Day Playlist for Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Here are the songs we featured during Sunday’s First Day show on WSGW.

Summertime” Bing Crosby (1939)

  • First day of the Summer Solstice!

Steal My Sunshine”  LEN–You Can’t Stop The Bum Rush–(1999)

  • 90’s Nostalgia Summertime music!!!

Sunny Afternoon” The Kinks–Face To Face–(1966)

  • Getting the theme? Plus, Ray Davies celebrated his 71st birthday yesterday.

Beatles Minute:

She Said, She Said”  The Beatles–Revolver–(1966)

  • Underrated Lennon tune with fantastic drumming by Ringo.

Indie Pick Of The Week:

City On A Hill”  Desaparecidos–Payola–(2015)

  • New album is out tomorrow!

Michael Percha’s Song Of The Week:

“Galileo” The Indigo Girls–Rites Of Passage–(1992)

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“First Day” Playlist for June 14, 2015

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

Time has gotten away from me that I’m finally able to post the playlist from last week’s First Day show on WSGW! I’m sorry for the delay.

I Only Have Eyes For You”  The Flamingos–Flamingo Serenade–(1959)

  • Read an interview Bethany Cosentino from one of my favorite indie bands, Best Coast, gave in The Week. Bethany listed six of her favorite love songs, one of them being this Flamingos classic, which happens to be one of my all-time favorites, too!

The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane”  Fiddlin John Carson (1923)

  • Recorded on June 14, 1923. Is considered one of the first country songs ever recorded.

Mystery Achievement”  The Pretenders–The Pretenders–(1980)

Beatles Minute:

“All You Need Is Love”  The Beatles–Magical Mystery Tour–(1967)

  • Performed live on this date in 1967 as part of the show, Our World, which is considered one of the first satellite broadcasts throughout the world.

Here’s the entire broadcast. The Beatles begin performing around the 1:19:00 mark.

Indie Pick Of The Week:

Depreston”  Courtney Barnett–Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit–(2015)

Michael Percha’s Song Of The Week:

The Entertainer”  Scott Joplin–(1902)

  • Listen to the segment below to learn why Michael chose to play “The Entertainer.”

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