When is a political scandal worse than Watergate?
The other day, Ginni Thomas “interviewed” Phyllis Schlafly for the Daily Caller. The interview was bitterly dishonest, and extremely ironic, considering the fact that, thanks to the antics of both women, this country is in grave danger of being turned into a corporate plutocratic theocracy. Like the rest of the far right manipulation machine, they attempt to turn the simmering racism of the ‘base’ of the GOP into pure fear of a POTUS who is of a different race than are they. It is extremely ironic. Both women keep telling the dupes who will listen to them, the brainwashed base of the Tea Party right, that Barack Obama is destroying the country. Nothing could be farther from the truth. THEY are the ones who are a grave threat to our freedom.
“...In 2011, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave a speech to the Federalist Society where he defended Ginni Thomas’ activism, saying he and Ginni “believe in the same things.” Toward the end, he said they were “equally yoked” because they both were defenders of liberty. That’s a lovely sentiment, but when placed in a larger context, particularly with regard to her current activism with the likes of True the Vote, the Daily Caller, and the entire Groundswell team, it’s an extreme conflict of interest…”
About a week ago, I wrote a piece about why I thought Antonin Scalia should resign. I stated that I thought his erratic behavior was possibly due to Alzheimer’s Disease. I was wrong. His erratic behavior is due to the fact that he is dirty – D – I – R – T – Y. He’s bought and paid for, a total and compete Koch Whore, who doesn’t give a damn about the country he claims to love. Even worse, he’s in the process of perverting the very Constitution he has sworn to uphold. I no longer think he should resign, I think he should be impeached, along with Clarence Thomas. They are a disgrace to the traditions of the court. What they are doing is, unfortunately, perfectly legal. It is also purely evil, manipulative, intellectually dishonest, and is destroying the very fabric of our society.
The problem with we Americans is the fact that we are basically stupid. We’re the big dumb Saint Barnard of nations, slobbering, klutzy, and win arguments simply because we are so darn big. Saints are legendary for helping those who are in need, carrying those cliched kegs of brandy on their collar. Yep, we’re not quite sober. The problem, now, though, with the breed is the fact that they are so highly bred, and the gene pool is so questionable, a pure-bred Saint Barnard can turn on someone, when their brains snap. Then there is the problem with Cujo. That’s America in a nut-shell – nutty as a brandy cask, usually warm, slobbery, klutzy, and affectionate, but there is a chance we are going to snap, go rabid, and try destroying everything around us.
Stupid is as stupid does. We are so big, slobbering and klutzy that we assume those who have been put in certain positions of responsibility in this country, especially the Supreme Court, are the best and brightest, the finest examples of what an American mind should be. That’s the problem, we assume – Ass – U – Me. We make asses of ourselves when we assume. Thinking we’re going to get that cliched wonderful Saint Barnard, we’ve ended up with a pair of rabid Cujos on the Bench. Because, we the stupid people of America, have always ass – u – me – ed that Supreme Court justices were above reproach, there was no need to even put laws codifying their behavior. Unlike the President of the United States, who can be removed from office for high crimes and misdemeanors, once a person has been sworn in as a justice on the Supreme Court, they’re there for life. The only thing that will get them off is death. There is no provision for insanity, illness, or unethical behavior. Not recusing one’s self when a case comes up involving the hand that bribes you is unethical behavior. There is no code of ethical behavior, none at all.
What’s worse, because I have admired and supported these two men, I am now questioning my ability to judge character. When Clarence Thomas was going through what we though was more a new version of the Spanish Inquisition rather than confirmation hearings, I was glued to the television and radio. I called my senators. I called the White House. I prayed for the man. I cheered and celebrated when his nomination was approved. I celebrated when Antonin Scalia was nominated and approved. And now – they are proving what a total fool I have been. I don’t know what makes me angrier, their completely evil behavior, betraying the Constitution like a pair of high-priced call-girls, or the fact that I was so lacking in judgement that I supported them – all these years.
Well, fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Now I have absolute proof and my absolute reasons why I will never vote for or support another Republican candidate (Lindsey Graham being the exception). With reality comes embarrassment. I am ashamed I ever supported these men and women. I want to apologize to those people who told me I was wrong. Well, I was wrong, they were right. The GOP is made up for the most part, of men and women who are nothing but unethical, perverse, and treasonous individuals. Right now, the worst of the whole bloody lot are Scalia and Thomas. Like Judas, they have betrayed the Constitution of the United States, for their proverbial thirty pieces of silver. Only today, though, the silver is more like book deals, speaker’s fees, first class air-fair, and million dollar pay days for the little Mrs.
“...Citizens United – Liberty Central was one of the beneficiaries of the Citizens United decision. Nearly a million dollars went to Ginni Thomas to stand in opposition to nearly everything, including the Affordable Care Act….”
I think we’re looking at the beginning of what will be that bad, really, really, really bad to the point where two conservative Supreme Court justices are either going to be required to resign, or they will be impeached. The worst of it is they are the very justices that the far right worships: Antonin Scalia & Clarence Thomas. Thanks to their participation in the Citizen’s United 5-4 ruling, our entire country is on a different path. Even worse, thanks to a million dollar pay day, Ginni Thomas profited by her husband’s ruling. To make matters even more worser than that, there are no ethical rules for the SCOTUS. In other words, a Supreme Court justice can be bribed, and we can’t do a damn thing about it. They aren’t even required to recuse themselves when there is a conflict of interest.
- Why are so-called ‘liberal’ justices required to recuse themselves, but ‘conservative’ justices are allowed to get away with basically cheating?
- Why are we hearing nothing about this story?
- Is this why the Koch Brothers have been buying up media sources?
- What happens to the country when 2 SCOTUS justices are bought and paid for by special interests?
- Is the whole idea behind all of this to bring down the government?
- Are we looking at a libertarian coup?
- If Thomas & Scalia do resign, will the far right allow Obama to get additional justices?
- Will we be forced to wait for another year before we can even begin impeachment of Thomas & Scalia?
- Will the GOP “base” even care about this?
The reason the GOP Base won’t care is because they will be told not to care. The usual suspects are all part of Groundswell. Their mission is to continue the Koch Coup and destroy what remains of this nation’s freedom.
“...One of the influential conservatives guiding the group is Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, a columnist for the Daily Caller and a tea party consultant and lobbyist. Other Groundswell members include John Bolton, the former UN ambassador; Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy; Ken Blackwell and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council; Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch; Gayle Trotter, a fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum; Catherine Engelbrecht and Anita MonCrief of True the Vote; Allen West, the former GOP House member; Sue Myrick, also a former House GOPer; Diana Banister of the influential Shirley and Banister PR firm; and Max Pappas, a top aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Among the conveners listed in an invitation to a May 8 meeting of Groundswell were Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network; Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who resoundingly lost a Maryland Senate race last year (and is now running for a House seat); Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society; Sandy Rios, a Fox News contributor; Lori Roman, a former executive director of the American Legislative Exchange Council; and Austin Ruse, the head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. Conservative journalists and commentators participating in Groundswell have included Breitbart News reporters Matthew Boyle and Mike Flynn, Washington Examiner executive editor Mark Tapscott, and National Review contributor Michael James Barton….”
It seems to me that a Supreme Court Justice’s wife should be like Caesar’s Wife – above suspicion. Unfortunately, when you are part of the tea parties, that isn’t necessary. It’s about the Koch agenda to basically destroy the country. So, now they’re turning on Karl Rove, who isn’t radically stupid enough for them. There is something inherently distasteful about the spouse of someone serving on the highest court in the land who is doing everything possible to lie about and destroy the President of the United States.
“…Notes from a February 28 Groundswell gathering reflected both their collective sense of pessimism and desire for aggressive tactics: “We are failing the propaganda battle with minorities. Terms like, ‘GOP,’ ‘Tea Party,’ ‘Conservative’ communicate ‘racism.’” The Groundswellers proposed an alternative: “Fredrick Douglas Republican,” a phrase, the memo noted, that “changes minds.” (His name is actually spelled “Frederick Douglass.”) The meeting notes also stated that an “active radical left is dedicated to destroy [sic] those who oppose them” with “vicious and unprecedented tactics. We are in a real war; most conservatives are not prepared to fight.” …”
I have repeatedly stated the only Republican I continue to support is Lindsey Graham. Lo & Behold… It looks like He is one of their targets.
The worst part of all of this is that it tracks directly back to the Koch Machine.
“…Ginni Thomas was the founder and leader of Liberty Central, a political nonprofit “dedicated to opposing what she characterizes as the leftist ‘tyranny’ of President Obama and Democrats in Congress.” The group was funded by Harlan Crow, frequent patron of the Thomas’ projects and causes and a financial supporter of right-wing campaigns such as the “swift boat” attacks on then-presidential candidate John Kerry and the advertising push to confirm President George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominees. Crow also serves on the board of the American Enterprise Institute, whose Edward Blum brought the two most recent attacks on the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action before the Supreme Court. Justice Thomas favored Blum’s positions against progressive precedent on both civil rights issues.
Ginni Thomas’ direction of Liberty Central was heavily criticized in the run-up to the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act because Justice Thomas “was planning to rule on the healthcare law when his wife, a conservative lobbyist, has made so much money challenging the law.” As U.S. News & World Report explained, this paid activism continued even after Ginni Thomas stepped down from Liberty Central to form a separate lobbying firm, Liberty Consulting:…”
This is about the Koch Brothers – Charles & David purchasing two Supreme Court justices in order to manipulate their way into buying and paying for rulings that favor their agenda. If we were discussing a liberal group doing this, with a liberal justice there would be no end to the hand wringing and attacks from the right. Contrary to popular opinion, the right now controls the media and the message. Let’s be honest, if something doesn’t change, quickly, this nation as we know it, has been destroyed, not by the left, not by socialism or communism but by those fake patriots who hand-wring and claim to love it the most.
The bitter irony here is that the more ‘liberal’ justices regularly reuse themselves when there is a conflict of interest. When they do, the Koch owned media tries to destroy them for it. The real enemy is from within. If Thomas and Scalia were to be honest and recuse themselves when something came up that they had been a part of, we would not have Citizen’s United. The Voting Right’s law would not have been over turned.
Dishonest – you bet your sweet bippy they are.