Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
This Hobby Lobby ruling has me perplexed.
While the opinion narrows the scope of "Birth Control" to just a few forms that employers can object to based on religious views, the Supremes sent out follow-up notices in the following days UN-narrowing that scope to "All Forms of Birth Control."
This opens up a door for all private employers to challenge the courts with a variety of socially-driven issues such as firing employees for being gay. Yes, that door is now open because of "Religious Freedom." Many organizations are now gearing up to challenge social issues through this ruling.
This is the very thing Justice Ruth Ginsburg warned in her blistering 35-page dissent.
I won't go into the nuances, but you will see this play out in the next few years as workers are stripped little-by-little of any gains that have been made.
Conservative Judicial Activism is a very dangerous thing to lower and middle class Americans. There have been very few chances for the balance of the court to shift. The two Obama appointments replaced other liberal justices.
If Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States, chances are good that she will make 1-3 Supreme Court replacements. Ginsburg for sure and maybe Scalia. That would make a 5-4 shift.
This is why I believe we are seeing a rush towards conservatism right now from Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito and sometimes Kennedy. Kennedy has been the swing vote in many cases.
Women's reproductive rights is an issue that has held on by a string in the Supreme Court. The states in the south and the more conservative states with GOP-run state legislatures have enacted many draconian laws to thwart abortion clinics and the doctors who perform them.
This Hobby Lobby deal will have larger reprucussions for years to come as the 1% becomes entrenched. The workers will have to lump it or leave it as time goes on for the NEXT generation.
If you are liberal-minded, pray for good health for Kagen, Sotomayor, Breyer and Ginsburg for the rest of the Obama term. Hillary Clinton will have to navigate her own congressional minefield as it is getting worse on Capitol Hill.
The "Fever" is not breaking anytime soon.
When Virgina D-Senator Tim Kaine took to the floor of the Senate on June 25, 2014 to ponder why the U.S. is clinging to documents that were written BEFORE we went into Iraq. Kaine argued that those conflicts are not the same as we are involved in now:
"...we drift from crisis to crisis— Syria, Iraq, POW exchanges — without grappling with the underlying document that initiated our entrance into war 13 years ago. We cannot afford further delays.”
Tim Kaine is a close ally of President Obama. Mr. Obama is a constitutional scholar.
I am suggesting that Kaine and his counterparts in the House, who overwhelmingly passed a law reiforcing that Congress must declare war, just like the U.S. Constitution says.
All these talking head politicians like Graham, Rubio, McCain and Ayotte have complained non-stop of the President's foreign policy moves. These same politicians are the ones RUNNING away from Congress taking responsibility for the declaration of war.
Obama is calling their bluff by having Kaine, John Garremendi (D-CA) and others reinforce the notion that Congress's job is to declare and authorize a war.
Our country is war weary and these chickens (Graham, Rubio, McCain and Ayotte)are afraid to attach their names to a new war. They pound the drums for war in front of the cameras. They go on the floor and spout about Obama's weakness, yet they do little or NOTHING to write articles of war themselves.
These neocons are weak legislatures who can get nothing done, so they complain about the administration. They are experts at doing nothing and restricting this President from doing his job.
Barack Obama has very FEW executive actions compared to George W. Bush, yet John Boehner is considering suing Obama, not impeaching him for his use of executive actions:
"This is not about impeachment," Boehner said. "This is about faithfully executing the laws of our country."
What a joke.
Boehner is upset that Obama would bypass a crippled Congress with executive actions to aid the people of the country. Boehner is so pissed that he can't stop Obama from executing his oath of office WITH Congress, that he wants to take him to court to ensure Obama will be an ineffective lame duck.
Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell and the rest of you idiots...The President is smarter than you are. You are on the wrong side of history and will go down as the WORST Congress in our nation's history.
Good luck with that.
By Marc Platt
June 22, 2014
Meet The Press is one of the longest TV Political institutions in the country. It's moderator David Gregory has had many well-documented problems, including bad ratings
and bad reviews.
Gregory once was a well-respected NBC White House correspondent, who rankled both right and left politicians.
NBC has had to bring in a shrink to examine Gregory and resorted to interviewing his wife and friends to try and solve whatever issues Mr. Gregory has for his poor performance notices.
On the other hand, millenial Luke Russert has been excelling at a young age as Capitol Hill correspondent and fill-in host on several MSNBC shows like "The Cycle."
This past week I saw Luke Russert mercilessly interrogate Whitey Bulger's defense attorney to the utter shock and amazement of his fellow Cycle co-hosts. Russert was well-armed with facts. He did his homework and refused to toss softballs at the attorney. It was afternoon "Must See TV."
On Meet The Press a few days later, David Gregory interviewed R-Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and when the topic of Benghazi came up and Paul declared that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused Benghazi embassy support BEFORE the tragedy, Gregory glossed over it and moved on to his next question.
I guarantee that Luke Russert would have been prepared and knowledgeable on the subject. Gregory either was not prepared or too chicken to call Rand Paul on this untruth. The truth of the matter is Clinton and the State Department DID request extra security and Congress REFUSED that extra security.
Later in the same Meet The Press, Gregory whiffed on the long-debunked "IRS Scandal." His either lack of knowledge, or lazy preparation during a panel discussion was just painful to watch. The great E.J. Dionne bailed Gregory out by pointing out that the "IRS Scandal" was really IRS incompetence by allowing all political groups to abuse the 1959 IRS Guidelines that changed the word "Exclusively" to "Primarily" when it comes to 501 (C) 4 "Social Welfare" status for tax exemptions. PANELIST Dionne correctly pointed out that BOTH Dems and GOP groups have been abusing this forever. Not Gregory. Tim and/or Luke Russert would have been all over this.
Tim Russert was infamous for his hours of study EVERY day on every subject and interview he did in his long tenure at Meet The Press.
It is obvious that NBC is grooming Luke Russert for bigger and better. Luke Russert has adapted his late father's good habits of over-preparation and readiness for wehatever comes up.
Meet The Press is bigger and better and this kid can handle this, just like his old man.
Luke Russert was born to do this job. His father would roll over in his grave if he saw the shabby job David Gregory has done. He tosses softballs all over the place.
Even Fox News Megyn Kelly has shown some moxie lately. SHE makes Gregory look weak and that is saying something, because she says some pretty dopey things over there. She, at least is willing to take on Dick and Liz Cheney.
NBC..It is obvious you are grooming young Luke for this, or something bigger.
Please re-assign David Gregory and give Meet The Press to its rightful heir, Luke Russert.
By Marc Platt
June 14, 2014
“Today’s Congress, though, is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically
reject the scientific evidence about climate change,...They’ll tell you it’s a hoax, or a fad.”
(President Obama, June 14, 2014 UC Irvine Commencement)
I just got
back from seeing President Obama give a comimencement address for the 2014 class of graduating seniors at UC Irvine.
Mr. Obama was hopeful yet stinging in his criticism of the "Climate Change Naysayers" in congress and throughout the country.
This was more than a commencement. This was a condemnation of those who do not use the facts to make arguments:
translate...What that means is, ‘I accept that manmade climate change is real, but if I admit it, I’ll be run out of town by a radical fringe that thinks climate science is a liberal plot.'"
Think about those words. The fact that a sitting president of the United States has to argue science with those who say "Climate Change" is a hoax, because it serves THEIR political base is absurd.
Mr. Obama argued: "I'm not a scientist either, but we've got some good ones at NASA."
While some people may not want to hear these sort of things at a commencement, I would say you are not paying attention to WHO the audience is. These are students, faculaty and parents of a significant teaching university. This is EXACTLY the right and appropriate audience.
Mr. Obama concluded his remarks in a rousing way of "Hope." He wants to leave America and the world in better condition and these students going out in the world may be "Underrated" right now, but not for long.
It was more than a commencement address, it was a blueprint for all the students in our country to try and do better than the current generation of leaders and movers & shakers.
Obama even manged to sneak in an anouncement of a $1 billion fund for disaster victims in towns in cities.
It certainly was not a run-of-the-mill afternoon at all.
It is time to move on from the Eric Cantor Years. Mr. Cantor sealed his own fate years ago when he gerrymandered his own district and then proceeded to not take care of the constituints in THAT district.
The funny thing about Cantor's plight is the relative close proximity Virginia is to Washington D.C. compared to most of the other Congress members who have to take long flights to get home to their districts.
Cantor was all about money and had the backing of his party and the Wall Street players. He outspent his primary opponent 6-to-1 ($5 million+ - to - $122,00+). It seems absurd that Cantor lost his race by 12 points.
If John Boehner though he could just coast through until the end of the year and then retire from Congress by handing his Speakership off to the heir apparent Eric Cantor??? You know the answer to that question now.
That is why I believe that Golden Boy Paul Ryan WILL be the next Speaker of the House. The gerrymandered House seats appear safe and the GOP will retain the House.
Politically, Paul Ryan is both the Tea Party AND establishment guy. He appears to be the ONLY member of the entire Congress who could grab enough support.
Cantor is "Dead Man Walking" in his lame duck seat. Watch these guys turn their political backs on him. He has no power cards to play. Look for him to get a cozy Wall Street job sooner than later.
Ryan may or may not have White House aspirations, but I believe he is smart enough to know that Hillary Clinton looks unbeatable in this next cycle.
If Boehner were to align the cards properly and then step down next January, you will see a huge groundswell of support for Mr. Ryan.
Ryan has submitted dopey GOP budgets for years that he KNEW would never be enacted. This last time he teamed up with democrat Ms. Murray in a show of bi-partisan agreement, signalling his ability to work with the democrats and NOT step on the toes of the Tea Party folks.
Paul Ryan will be the next Speaker of the House, if he doesn't do something stupid like run for President in 2016.