It seems to me that W.E.B. DuBois’s statement, “Either America will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States,” takes on more resonance today than at any other time since he made that statement.
What does it say about the country’s state when the wife of the most senior member of the Supreme court is a major player in the disinformation QAnnon conspiracy movement?
At the bare minimum, it poses a serious conflict of interest, that Ginny Thomas would be a major player in right-wing causes, some of which are so out of the mainstream they ought to be under Federal eyeballs.
It bears mentioning that Clarence Thomas, an unapologetic right-wing judge, in his three decades on the Supreme Court, has ruled consistently in support of Republican causes.
Regardless of a Judge’s politics, it is hard to reconcile that a judge would be as partisan as Clarence Thomas has been. Even the much-vaunted and idolized Antonin Scalia, the standard of right-wing jurisprudence, at times voted with the most liberal wing of the court. Not so with the insufferable Clarence Thomas.
Among some of the most eyebrow-raising things that Clarence Thomas has done, has been the dissenting & concurring opinions he has written and joined.
- He dissented when the court invalidated the conviction of a black man tried six times for the same crime by the same prosecutor with juries that were either all white or nearly all white.
- He called for overturning Gideon v. Wainwright, the 1963 landmark decision requiring, that criminal defendants, too poor to pay for a lawyer, be provided an attorney paid for by the government.
- In another first, he called for overturning the 1964 landmark freedom-of-the-press decision New York Times v. Sullivan, which set in place standards to make it more difficult for public figures to sue for libel without proof that falsehoods were knowingly published.
According to (npr.org), Clarence Thomas’s dissenting opinion on that landmark decision, was not joined by a single member of the 9‑member court, but that it lined up conveniently with the worldview of Donald Trump.
The late Justice Antonin Scalia, did not have such a purist view, (NPR posited); unlike Thomas, he did believe in precedent. As he famously put it, “I am an originalist, but I’m not a nut.”
“God bless each of you,’ Ginni Thomas wrote in a Facebook post to support the attempted takeover of the Capitol.
In one post, she shared “LOVE” to the MAGA crowd, offering support and suggesting others tune in to the riot. In another Facebook status, she stated, in mostly all caps, “God bless each of you standing up or praying!”This is not her first time in the spotlight for supporting racism. ( theGrio) reported Mrs. Thomas requested the mayor of Clifton, Virginia, to remove a Black Lives Matter banner in the town. Would you please remove the BLM sign from Clifton?” Thomas wrote to Holloway according to (theGrio). “As leaders of this community, you should be smarter than promoting such a group as this, who uses race to foment chaos to destabilize the nation.”
But Clarence and Ginny Thomas’s conflicts of interest are only the tips of the iceberg when it comes to what the political right is allowed to get away with, even while pontificating about the fidelity of public bodies and institutions.
Economic conservatism and fidelity to the constitution are only important when Republicans are out of office.
As soon as Joe Biden won the 2020 election, it struck me that Republicans would return to the tired old fiscal conservatism arguments to harass the new Administration.
They found their man in West Virginia to dilute the Democratic power in the Senate; that man is Joe Manchin. Joe Manchin has not flinched from playing ball in servitude to Mitch McConnell and the right-wing agenda, declaring opposition to the Biden economic stimulus’s size, a view in direct opposition to his own Governor’s, and declaring his opposition to a key Biden nominee to head the Office Of Management & Budget.
That is not all; another clear sign that Manchin does not support the Democratic agenda is his public opposition to eliminating the Fillibuster.
Manchin told CNN that he would oppose his party’s effort to get rid of the filibuster, a stall tactic frequently used by the Senate’s minority party, requiring 60 votes in the chamber to overcome. “That’s bullshit,” Manchin said.
When asked about the Democratic push to eliminate the filibuster, he noted that he opposed the Democratic effort in 2013 to eliminate the filibuster on most presidential nominees.
This means that to get the most basic aspect of his agenda passed, Biden will have to seek buy-in from Republicans, usually Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, or Lisa Murkowski, even on his cabinet nominees, essentially rendering the idea that a president is entitled to his cabinet moot.
Who needs Republicans when there are Democrats like Joe Manchin?
It did not take long, with over half a million dead as a result of Donald Trump’s negligence and complicity for COVID-19, unemployment claims skyrocketing„ and people in serious need of relief, Republicans en-masse has a serious problem with the Joe Biden $1.9 Trillion COVID relief plan, but had no problem with Donald Trump’s $2.3 Trillion giveaway to the richest 1% who did not need for it.
To add insult to injury, Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, is against the package’s size and content while his Republican Governor is lobbying for the bill’s passage that would vastly benefit residents of that state.
Additionally, Manchin is opposed to Joe Biden’s choice to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, because of supposed mean tweets she made as president of the Center for American Progress, a think tank aligned with the Democratic establishment.
It is laughable that Manchin wants to be a powerbroker in the 50 – 50 senate; he chooses the president’s cabinet pick and a woman of color, no less, as the hill on which he wants to take a stand. The hypocrite did not utter a single syllable in opposition to Donald Trump’s tweets that disparaged and demeaned every person who did not bow down to him.
Both Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine have indicated that neither of them will be supporting Tanden’s nomination.
As if by some strange comedic joke by the Universe, Josh Hawley and Raphael Cruz are members of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary committee is this week attending to the nomination of president Joe Biden’s nominee for Attorney General of the United States.
To hear Josh Hawley and Raphael Cruz, the Senate point men for Trump’s big lie, “stop the steal,’ ask questions of Merrick Garland when they both should be locked away in Federal jail cells awaiting trial for seditious activities, has been just too much for me to stomach.
In a nation of laws, neither Josh Hawley nor Raphael Cruz would have the opportunity, much less the temerity, to ask Judge Garland questions on the issues of fidelity to law and the constitution. Hawley and Cruz are co-conspirators in my humble view, but the laws in America only work against the poor and powerless, and so they get to sit in judgment of people with character. I almost said the framers must be turning in their graves, then I stopped myself.….their behavior was nothing to brag about either, so there is that.
And so we laugh at the spectacle of the criminals questioning the judge. At Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson, putting into the record a letter supposedly written to him by some right-wing hack, detailing how the Trump insurrection crowd was peaceful and friendly until they were provoked and assaulted by the capitol police.
The American people voted in extraordinary numbers to repudiate Donald Trump, his hateful & racist policies; true to form as they did in President Obama’s first term, Democrats are failing to forcefully apply the same strength and fortitude Republicans employ when they are in power.
The steps Republicans are taking to make voting exponentially more difficult across multiple states, are designed to negate the consequences of whites becoming a minority by 2045. If Democrats continue to allow this to happen, America will sink into despotism, the next strongman to occupy the White House, (Josh Hawley), or whomever, already has a blueprint on what to do to get there.
In the end, preservation of white power in white men’s hands is what all this is about, that includes what Ginny Thomas and her husband are doing, to what Joe Manchin is doing in stopping people of color from holding powerful positions in the American government.
It is time to restore a key element of the Voting Rights Act, stalled in the congress to honor civil rights icon, John Lewis.
Democrats have no excuse not to move this legislation to a vote immediately; let the nation see which Republican vote against it, then use the results against them in 2022.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.