CASH IN THE APPLE 7-27-17
By Cash Michaels
THE BIG TAKEOVER – I know, I know, you are tired of hearing of and reading about what new injustice Pres. Donald Trump is behind, and quite frankly, I don’t blame you. Even Tricky Dick Nixon waited a while after he got to the White House before he began acting crazy.
Trump clearly lost his marbles before the election; during the election, and certainly after the election. Now this madman is talking about pardoning himself and his family of any and all crimes should the day come when Special prosecutor Robert Mueller finally decides to nail their Russian-loving behinds to the wall.
But in the meantime, we have to put up with The Donald and all of his craziness until Mueller and company slap on the cuffs (I know we may never see THAT, but I’m more than willing to settle for Trump’s fellow Republicans impeaching him from office. Mind you, that would give us Mike Pence, but with any luck, hopefully Mueller has plenty of dirt on Mr. “Nice-n-Tidy” too.
But until then, here’s what’s becoming a growing concern – Trump is filling up federal judicial seats. He’s picking some of the most right-wing candidates to become federal judges we’ve ever seen.
In case you didn’t know it, federal judges, once confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, serve on the bench FOR LIFE! That’s why, if your court case is in federal court, you’re essentially dealing with someone you can’t touch, unless you’ve got photographs of him or her in a compromising position, if you know what I mean?
Well, during the eight years that Pres. Barack Obama served in office, didn’t he get to nominate a whole lot of progressive-to-moderate judicial candidates to fill various seats? Yes and no. Oh yes, the president indeed nominated many names for the federal bench, but the Republicans in the Senate found ways to block those Obama nominees from ever getting anywhere.
Two of those judicial nominees were from right here in North Carolina, two black women, one a federal prosecutor and the other a retired state Supreme Court justice, and our Republican Senator Richard Burr had a problem with both of them.
Neither of them went anywhere.
Well guess what. The 44-county Eastern District judicial sear those two black women nominated to by Pres. Obama, is being targeted for a right-wing Republican attorney named Thomas Farr now. And given how he has led GOP efforts in recent years to defend voter ID and racially gerrymandered redistricting, his credentials are exactly what Trump and his clan are4 searching for, especially since the Eastern District is 27% black.
But even though Republicans are in charge in the US Senate, surely they will use their better judgment and not put someone on the federal bench just because he or she have an “R” after their name?
Last week, on a party-line vote, Senate Republicans voted to confirm judicial candidate John Bush to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bush is a Kentucky lawyer, but he is best known as a pretty fierce political blogger (under a fake name) who authored such gems like Pres. Obama was born in Kenya, and likened the 1973 Roe v Wade decision to the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision.
At least one Republican senator was quoted as saying he was “not impressed” with Bush, but guess what, that GOP senator fell right in line with the rest of his party and voted the wrong-way blogger onto the court.
So anyone doubting that Thomas Farr can make it is fooling themselves.
So pay careful attention of where the Farr story goes now. The NC NAACP has come out against Farr, as has Congressman G. K. Butterfield and others.
The bottomline to all of this is that the longer Trump and Pence remain in office, the more conservative federal judges we will get who will last or a lifetime.
That fact right there should scare us all out of our minds.