The fifth circuit’s action points to another threat posed by Trump. Many of his judicial appointments were to appeals courts, which have an even greater influence in shaping public life in the US than district courts. He placed six judges on the fifth circuit – more than any other president before him – in a move which effectively neutralized moderate conservatives on the panel and gave extreme rightwingers the controlling hand. He managed to seat a similar number on the 11th circuit, which is likely to play a critical role in hearing appeals arising from Trump’s battle with the justice department over the Mar-a-Lago search.
Source: Special master ruling shows Trump’s takeover of courts has started to sting | US justice system | The Guardian
We might really be at the Polling Booth to get it out of the way on the way to the Democracy Sausage stand or beating the rest of the local population to Mrs Brown’s rather excellent chocolate fudge at the cake stall outside, but at least most of us have a say. If nothing else, it ensures fringe opinions of the lunatics from both the progressive and conservative sides stay on the fringe. Our system is not perfect, but there are certainly advantages in compulsory voting. What do you think?
Source: Avoiding the lunatic fringe – » The Australian Independent Media Network
John Howard opened the door and Morrison the Evangelist walked in followed by the current right-wing American Republican dream. However, in 2022 America the right isn’t following Morrison out the door .
Compulsory voting saved Australia from Right-Wing Christian Evangelistic Nationalist push trying to take over our political system! However, Murdoch and the Right-Wing faction of the LNP want to strengthen it by 2025. While Dutton is certainly a Right-Wing, White, Nationalist he’s not Christian enough even though he does speak in tongues. He said he ” was here to clean up the ALP mess”???
Source: Christian Nationalism On The Rise In Some GOP Campaigns | HuffPost Latest News
Morrison has forgone any notion of the “Separation of Powers ” in his Australian Fundamentalist Christian Democracy. His ” elect” now has a grip on the LNP and heve potentially destroyed the Party
Crikey recently discussed the current war in the NSW Liberal Party and claimed that Morrison is up to his neck in the political intrigue.
It seems the traditional mum and dad business owners that have supported the Liberal Party for decades are being pushed out and replaced by fundamental Christians, who are more interested in power for power’s sake than promoting a (small “L”) liberal philosophy.
As Crikey suggests It’s a situation as self-destructive as anything that’s going on in Labor – but you won’t read about any of it News Corp, not in any depth. Thank God they’ve decided to stay away from cheap political sensationalism at last! What is it about conservatives and clinging to power?
Source: Clinging on to power – » The Australian Independent Media Network
‘…the State should not be telling religious bodies or religious schools whether their religious values and their policies to uphold them are “reasonable” in the eyes of the State though an anti-discrimination commission or a court.’
So, in a nutshell, the State should not dictate what religious organisations say, do or think. And this is from a fairly large religious institute. This smacks of hypocrisy when a religious body gets tetchy about not being able to harass, abuse or expel a person from the LGBTI community yet can’t accept criticism when it comes the other way.
The article does make a statement which has a form of truth — that religion should not interfere in the running of the State. I couldn’t have put it better myself. Yet this is where we find ourselves at this current juncture.
via Religion should be separate from State, but apparently not in the 46th Parliament
How obliged is Kavanaugh to GOP, and Trump now to be a Judge for Life on SCOTUS. What Damage will be done? (ODT)
To reward both their financial backers and the mass of their voters in one fell swoop, and to accomplish something that will last possibly for 30 years, is far to central to the GOP to let a little thing like a youthful attempted rape get in the way. This step is a form of extreme political corruption of the sort the Founding Generation dreaded when they denounced political parties and party spirit.
The rich and partisans of the rich are too few by themselves to hope to prevail in a popular election, so the GOP allied with Evangelicals, for whom Kavanaugh serves to hold out hope that Roe v. Wae will be overturned. Some
political Christianity, like some Political Islam, tends to stand for the proposition that God has given control of women’s bodies into the hands of men.
via Irony: Nobel Peace Prize for anti-Rape Activist, as US Senate puts Alleged Abuser on Highest Court
Republican Party is willing to debase American democracy in support of Donald Trump, and how weaponised conspiracy-mongering has crept from the fringes to the heart of American politics.
The problem is that while the investigators might have used the Steele Dossier, it was far from the only evidence they had gathered and used, and given that the rest of the evidence remains classified, it is impossible for the investigators, the FBI and the Justice Department to defend the integrity of their work.
Against the recommendation of these bodies and intelligence services, Trump nevertheless ordered that the memo be declassified and released on Friday.
“The latest attacks against the FBI and Department of Justice serve no American interests ― no party’s, no President’s, only Putin’s.
Trump’s GOP, blithely elevating its political concerns over its nation’s interests, is so far determined that Americans should never find out either way.
via Donald Trump is now in open war with those investigating his campaign
“Once you start to merge the judicial and the political, you begin to erode the separation of powers. It’s a really regrettable path to go down.”
Peter Dutton says the public should help choose judges and magistrates
Three Turnbull ministers have expressed regret but refused to apologise for their criticism of terror sentencing when hauled before the Victorian supreme court
Source: Our politicians show an alarming ignorance of the separation of powers | Josh Bornstein | Opinion | The Guardian