We are told Friday, April 7, 2017 is the final day for discussion on the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court.
This confirmation decision is quite possibly the Trump Era’s most lasting significant act. A host of other crucial actions, rational and otherwise, have already been entered into the record books. But this lifetime appointment is commonly expected to last several decades and will include many Constitutional Court decisions with wide ranging impact on economic, political, social, even environmental aspects or our life and our planet.
There will no doubt be collections of the many Senator’s and other recent serious, learned commentaries on the likely impact of possible Gorsuch Supreme Court tenure. Law students, their professor, and no doubt others will review serious concerns and related consequences of an actual Gorsuch confirmation, perhaps extending even decades from now.[Similarly I am told that recent law student are taught to review decisions based on my father’s successful Supreme Court Constitutional law cases.]
Current serious commentaries by judges and others devoted to legal issues deal with the wide-ranging record of Gorsuch decisions and commentaries. These include the familiar crucial cases of Hobby Lobby and Citizen United. The total corruption of civil liberties for human beings being applied to and given priority to corporations and moneyed interests is simply the confusion between democracy and fascism, as Franklin Roosevelt pointed out during the Second World War.
Such disastrous confusion between human rights and corporate rights now spells the decline of democracy. Historians observe democracy has always been fragile. Ancient Greece and other civilizations taught us that Democracy simply has a term-limit of about three centuries and over that sequence of generations wealth concentrates and authoritarianism takes over.
Democrats are not immune, but Republicans seem to have a special liability. Gorsuch is such a clear case. His great hero, Scalia was the pure example. Democracy cannot simply survive more decades of a Scalia-Sharia Supreme Court, where one morality lays down the law for our mixed society.
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Bob K. Bogen: B.A. Antioch College and, Master of Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania; Director of Planning for dozens of communities, New York Metropolitan Region, Boston Metropolitan Region, United Nations Metropolitan Region Plan including nuclear power plants, for Karachi Region, Pakistan.