The Supreme Court of the United States

This series of briefings is about ways to insure that government of, by, and for the people shall not perish from the earth. The first seven compact briefings in this series are each just a little over three minutes and keyed to one of the seven governing principles articulated within the Enacting Clause (Preamble), of … Read more

Defining Legitimacy

Make no mistake. When certain nominees for the Supreme Court engaged in deceptive practices during their confirmation hearings to win their form-fitting seats, it was they who undermined the legitimacy of the Court. And when, after the dark money funded nominations and confirmations, they go on to accept special accommodations, with individuals and companies that … Read more

Taking a Bribe to Take a Dive

Is there still time to pull our democratic republic out of the nose dive that John Roberts and the other wackadoodle wing-nuts on the Supreme Court have accelerated? The short answer is ‘yes.’ But, in order to do that, the general public will have to get real focused real fast. This requires at least a … Read more

The Constitutional Buffet

Placing the separation of powers above the nation’s need for complementary powers and balance of power was just the latest in a series of foolish ideas originating within the bowels of the United States Supreme Court. The right wing’s confusion about what the Constitution implies, as opposed to what malign actors infer, has become a … Read more

Enemies of the State

It is rumored that John Robert’s most cherished possession is a letter he received on the day he graduated from law school. It features a letterhead that bears the Federalist Society’s logo and the opening salutation reads “Dear Wormwood.” Actually I just made that up. But I did it to underscore the fact that the … Read more

Supreme Cowardice

John Roberts is arguably Donald Trump’s Roy Cohn. When the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court declined to preside over the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, Roberts set the stage for our grand experiment’s next and perhaps its final chapter. The insurrectionists have learned how to gain access in true Goebbelsian fashion. … Read more

Whatever Became of Your Oath?

The United States Constitution provides that the President “shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint…judges of the Supreme Court….” After Senate confirmation, the President signs a commission appointing the nominee, who then must take two oaths before executing the duties of the office. These oaths the Constitutional … Read more

We the People of the United States

Principle #1 from the Enacting Clause (Preamble) of the United States Constitution Full Episode Transcript On September the 10th in 2022, John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court said: “Obviously people can say what they want. And they’re certainly free to criticize the Supreme Court. And if they want to say that … Read more

To Form a More Perfect Union

Principle #2 from the Enacting Clause (Preamble) of the United States Constitution Full Episode Transcript Abraham Lincoln steadfastly believed that the Constitution should be interpreted in a manner that is faithful to its purposes. Today, the legacy of Lincoln stands as an inspiring example against the pernicious sophistries of those who seek to undermine what … Read more

Establish Justice

Principle #3 from the Enacting Clause (Preamble) of the United States Constitution Full Episode Transcript Melville W. Fuller was the first Chief Justice to lobby Congress. He successfully advocated for the adoption of the Circuit Courts of Appeals Act of 1891. It established appellate courts, which reduced the Supreme Court’s backlog and allowed it to … Read more