New from me at The Week: Why voting for Donald Trump because of the Supreme Court is a terrible, sad, low energy idea. An excerpt:
A better guide to Trump’s SCOTUS potential is his weird love affair with eminent domain, and specifically, with Kelo v. New London (2005), the one Supreme Court case where we definitely know what Donald Trump thinks.
Trump has a well-established history of affection for eminent domain useand abuse. Most famously, he hounded an elderly widow, Vera Coking, in Atlantic City to give up her house so he could build a limousine parking lot for the now-failed Trump Taj Mahal casino. Coking refused, and with the help of the nonprofit Institute for Justice (IJ), she won her case.
That was in 1998. Seven years later, another case went to court in which a developer once again sought to use eminent domain to confiscate privately-held land for private building purposes. IJ again worked to defend against what amounts to state-facilitated theft, but this time the bandits won. That case was Kelo v. New London, and in the good company of about eight in 10 Americans, conservatives and libertarians were pissed.
But Trump loved it. “I happen to agree with it 100 percent,” he said of theKelo majority in an interview on Fox. His illogic was simple: If the government wants the development to happen, it should happen.
“This woman is a Saul Alinksky trained Beast who has zero regard for the unborn and the law,” Sabo said of the poster on his website. “She’s all about the Benjamins, GRRRL POWER, and death. What’s she holding behind her back, a knife, a gun, the head of Bernie Sanders?”
It’s been one day of the Republican National Convention and so far we’ve seen:
-The platform, which calls for (but is not limited to) banning women from the military, and advocating conversion therapy for gays (which is considered unscientific torture by many)
-representative Steve King from Iowa, who basically asked on national television, what contributions to civilization have non white people made?
-An underwear model who spoke to the entire convention about President Obama being a Muslim and how that’s apparently inherently a bad thing, even though there are no religious tests to begin with for any public office because of this great thing I like to call the constitution
-Melania Trump apparently plagiarizing a speech by Michelle Obama and (ironically) receiving a standing ovation
-Mike Pence, the literal candidate for the second highest office in this country basically saying Mulan was a liberal conspiracy made by Disney to positively promote women in the military (it wasn’t), the idea of which he disagrees with apparently due to women’s provocation to being sexually assaulted in the military
You know what’s good? Listening to other people’s opinions and respecting their right to have that opinion. You know what’s not good? Refusing to listen to anyone who challenges you so you can live in a bubble free from any criticism. You cannot learn or grow as a person if you live your life that way. Whether you are a feminist, an anti feminist, pro black lives matter, anti black lives matter, pro life, pro choice, conservative, liberal, or whatever, refusing to listen to the other side and dismissing any opinions different from yours makes YOU the ignorant one.
Actual statements that would’ve ended any career if they weren’t Democrats
“A few years ago this guy [Obama] would have been carrying our bags…getting us coffee.” - Bill Clinton
“But if you look at it…blacks watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do.” - Bill Clinton
“I mean you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy.” - Joe Biden
“You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking!” - Joe Biden
“I’ll have them n****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” - President Lyndon B. Johnson
“White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires…We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was…We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” - Rev. Al Sharpton
Obama – a ‘light-skinned’ African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one…” - Harry Reid
“In about 18 months from now, hopefully [Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen] will have sent Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from and this country can move forward.” - SC Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian