EXIT Justice Anthony Kennedy—– Enter CHANGE in the nation’s constitutional direction – By Yvonne Sam

EXIT Justice Anthony Kennedy—– Enter CHANGE in the nation’s constitutional direction

By Yvonne Sam

Justice Anthony Kennedy

Both sides are gearing for a titanic fight as the U.S Supreme Court appears to be turning right.

It cannot be overemphasized but the exodus at the end of July, of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and his subsequent replacement by anyone on the conservatives’ judicial dream list held by President Trump will fundamentally change America. The Supreme court, with its current firm conservative majority that will outlast most of our lifetimes—– can and will certainly alter the very hue of America for decades, if not centuries.    

For more than  thirty years, 81 year old Justice Kennedy, one of the most powerful individuals in Washington, appointed under the Reagan era, sat at the center of an evenly divided court — the Supreme Court, the most influential branch of government on the everyday lives of American people, tasked with being the decider of climactic issues of our time:   the individual right to bear firearms,  the ability of states to ban late term abortions, the legality of executing minors or mentally disabled individuals, and the strength or weakness of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Justice Kennedy gave same-sex couples the right to marry and underscored the importance of their dignity, in addition to giving corporations the ability to siphon unlimited cash into election campaigns.

Now not only is Justice Kennedy walking away from the unique position he formerly held tight, but he has conceded it to the right. Undoubtedly there will be pain as America works towards being Great Again.

We can now anticipate the court not only refusing to restore the Justice Department’s ability to protect voting rights, but also assisting  states with a history of voter suppression to erect more barriers to the polls. Also States will begin prohibiting abortion because they know the high court will permit them to do so. Gone will be Affirmative action. Health care? -If your pockets are deep enough to afford it. LGBTQ protections will be out, religious protection of those who cite the Bible, and not the Quran will be in.

For those imbued with prophetic views, and others who kept their noses close to the ground, the move should not be so numbing, as all should certainly have seen this coming. Recently Justice Kennedy gave several indications that he was satisfactory, leaving the court in the hands of the staunchest conservatives of his party.  Without fail he set the boat a sail—by aiding in decimating the power of public unions https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/27/politics/supreme-court-union-fees-decision/index.html, allowing racial and political gerrymandering to go unchecked https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/anthony-kennedy-wont-rule-on-gerrymandering.html, siding with anti- abortion activists http://www.wbur.org/npr/623943443/a-brief-history-of-anthony-kennedys-swing-vote-and-the-landmark-cases-it-swayed, approving discrimination against gay couples https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/justice-kennedys-legacy-in-the-gay-rights-decisions and allowing President Trump’s travel ban to stand  born of a desire to restrict Muslims out of America http://www.businessinsider.com/justice-anthony-kennedy-rebuked-trump-while-upholding-travel-ban-2018.

Justice Kennedy’s resignation might be the biggest opportunity and moment of the Trump presidency, and nomination of a successor affords the president an opportunity in solidifying the Supreme Court‘s conservative course for years to come, thereby poking raw passions in both political parties going into the battle for Congress taking place this fall.

The impending departure of Justice Kennedy may have sent a jolt like a lightning bolt through Washington. But the stage is being set for better yet as we all will see—if we choose the wrong nominee.

stice Kennedy’s resignation might be the biggest opportunity and moment of the Trump presidency, and nomination of a successor affords the president an opportunity in solidifying the Supreme Court‘s conservative course for years to come, thereby poking raw passions in both political parties going into the battle for Congress taking place this fall.

The impending departure of Justice Kennedy may have sent a jolt like a lightning bolt through Washington. But the stage is being set for better yet as we all will see—if we choose the wrong nominee.

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5 landmark Justice Kennedy opinions

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/27/anthony-kennedy-retirement-supreme-court-opinions-680044

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  • Albert  On June 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The article left out an important point. No one under investigation for a major crime ever gets the opportunity to select his/her own judge. Our con man President will. Issues resulting from the investigation of Trump may end up before the Supreme Court: could a sitting President be charge for a crime, or could he pardon himself if convicted.The arguments vary and it seem here a likely case of conflict of interest but it’s a no brainer as to what kind of judge Trump will select.

    The oldest female judge on the bench is holding on by a tread. Trump may get another opportunity to secure a conservative court.

    • Emanuel  On June 30, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      Albert says: “The oldest female judge on the bench is hanging on by a tread.”

      That thread is so badly frayed it is ready to pop any minute.

  • Clyde Duncan  On July 1, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Let Us Talk About ‘The Appearance of Corruption’

    Anthony Kennedy and Donald Trump had a special relationship.

    Charles P Pierce | Esquire

    The more elderly of us who spend a lot of time frolicking with the delightful furry creatures of the Intertoobz are regularly amused by the strange idioms and lingo of this particular universe. For example:

    “WTF?”

    “Wait. What?”

    Or, more simply, “Wut?”

    So let me begin by saying, “WTF? Wait. Wut?” From The New York Times:

    One person who knows both men remarked on the affinity between Mr. Trump and Justice Kennedy, which is not obvious at first glance. Justice Kennedy is bookish and abstract, while Mr. Trump is earthy and direct. But they had a connection, one Mr. Trump was quick to note in the moments after his first address to Congress in February 2017. As he made his way out of the chamber,

    Mr. Trump paused to chat with the justice. “Say hello to your boy,” Mr. Trump said. “Special guy.”

    Mr. Trump was apparently referring to Justice Kennedy’s son, Justin. The younger Mr. Kennedy spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank, eventually rising to become the bank’s global head of real estate capital markets, and he worked closely with Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer, according to two people with knowledge of his role.

    During Mr. Kennedy’s tenure, Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump’s most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in New York and Chicago at a time other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history.

  • Tony  On July 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Very interesting time in my lifetime here as a BG born 1st. generation American. I believe if there was collusion directly between Donald Trump and Putin, it would have come to be known by now by the Muller probe. Moving on, Trump will have his nomination known, debated, approved and appointed. Further and maybe he may have another chance as there is Ginsburg who looks as if she may not be around for long. God help us during these times.

    • Cyril Persaud  On July 29, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Tony you are on the money about the Trump Putin bogus collusion charge. you cant be BG born and 1st generation American its either or my brother.

  • Clyde Duncan  On July 2, 2018 at 10:50 am

  • Cyril Persaud  On July 29, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    is anyone investigating corruption in Guyana hmmmmm

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