Ramblings

The controversy over Obama's pick for the Supreme Court clearly shows that that body is neither supreme or a court. It is a political arm of whichever party controls it. Since the death of Scalia, nobody controls it. Conservatives and liberals are in a fight to change that to their liking.

The answer, it seems to me, is to get rid of it. Do we need nine people, often a majority of one, making decisions that profoundly effect our lives? Is that democracy? England has no supreme court. As Winston Churchill said, "thank God we don't." Well, it is something he might have said.

Over the years, the court has made some good and some terrible decisions. Roe V. Wade and Brown V. The Board of Education were helpful. Dred Scott and Citizens United were hurtful. Unless you're of a certain bent and believe the above should be reversed.

Which is my point. The country is divided. Partisanship reigns. We do not need another partisan branch of government masquerading as a font of unbiased jurisprudence.

While we're pruning, let's get rid of the Senate too. Why should the 584,000 people of Wyoming have the same senatorial clout as the 20 million people of New York. Is that democracy? England has The House of Lords, but they have little power. Churchill made his bed in the House of Commons. "The House of Lords is a sham, a waste of time," he proclaimed. Well, that's another thing he might have said. By now, you know that I have access.

You would too if you read everything Winston wrote and everything written about him. I haven't done that but I am contemplating.

Here's what Winston really did say, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." Compare that to "make America great again" or "A future to believe in." As I have said to youthful companions, "some things improve with age." (Not my back or possibly yours).

Here's what Winston really said that pertains to the Supreme Court and the Senate. "There's nothing wrong with change, if it's in the right direction. To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often."

Are you with me?