Ever since the 2000 presidential election, Republicans have used the Supreme Court of the United States as their Fixer when the American people disobey them at the polls. We chose the "wrong" President, Al Gore, so they fixed that for us. In 2008, we elected a Democratic President and supermajority Democratic Congress by too wide a margin for them to overrule, so they legalized buying elections just in time for Republicans to do so in 2010 and recapture the House of Representatives. But even that wasn't enough to stop us reelecting Barack Obama, widening our margin in the Senate, and taking a handful of seats in the House in 2012, so now these unbelievable partisan fucks have now gutted the Civil Rights Act just in time to suppress minority voters in 2014.
These people are no longer even pretending to be agents of law: They are simply partisan Commissars who rule however the Republican Party finds convenient, according to its electoral timetable, and in increasingly brazen and Orwellian ways. The ruling just handed down strikes down the requirement for historically discriminatory areas to submit their election process to prior federal approval, and the excuse for the ruling is - get this - equality. Not of people, but of states. The nebulous equality of abstract entities to be treated the same by the federal government trumps the absolute and fundamental obligation to guarantee the equality of the American people in exercising the most basic act of democratic self-government in a free society, voting.
This "reasoning" is, of course, complete bullshit that no one on the planet buys, least of all these GOP partisan marionette bastards. Just as in 2010, their timing is impeccable and predictable: With this ruling, GOP governors and legislatures will now get to work reinstituting every heinous Jim Crow law and racist barrier to voting their twisted little un-American lizard minds can conjure. Well, I say when the GOP Five handed down this ruling attacking the foundations of Civil Rights in America, they finally crossed the line from law to abuse of power and the ruling is illegitimate.
Rather than swallowing yet another lawlessly imposed barrier to exercising our fundamental rights as Americans and struggling, probably futilely, to pass a Constitutional Amendment addressing it, I say the Roberts Court has created a constitutional crisis that can only be resolved by launching impeachment investigations into the five Justices in the majority and holding this ruling to be null and void. It's enough. They've crossed a solid, double-yellow line in the fundamental foundations of American democracy and done it plainly just to empower the criminal electoral strategies of their partisan masters in the GOP, and it's just the latest example of their doing so. Rule of law cannot exist while these people are in control of the Supreme Court.
Impeach. These. Fucks. Now.
11:26 AM PT: Didn't see this diary before publishing mine, but MoT has one along the same lines:
1:13 PM PT: I've posted a Change.org petition calling on the President and Congress to condemn and reject the ruling, and call for abuse of power impeachment inquiries into the Five Justices:
I've also discussed in the petition in a new diary: