The decision by SCOTUS not to hear the Texas case is disgusting though not unexpected. It’s been evident for some time that the newly-installed Supreme Court Justices were liberal and would vote with the liberals on the court. It’s a little ironic that the most reliably ‘conservative’ member of the Court is Clarence Thomas.
Just from sampling people’s opinions about the Court’s refusal of Trump’s case and hearing their thoughts about the situation in general, it seems there is a lot of pessimism and resignation on the part of some Trump followers; lots of people have their own ideas as to what President Trump should do, and how he should do it. When the “Crossing the Rubicon” option is mentioned a lot of people say he won’t do it, or is not capable of doing anything of the sort. Are those critics wrong? It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and tell others what they should do, but have any of us ever been in the situation POTUS is in right now?
There are some optimists out there who say it’s too soon to give up, and that there are still the individual states’ cases to be heard. I don’t know what the outcome will be and few, or none, of us can say with any certainty. That’s part of what is so troubling: the uncertainty. However, even though we don’t know exactly what will happen next, I don’t think it’s ever helpful or productive to dwell on all the obstacles and difficulties that might prevent the good outcome. I don’t think pessimism or cynicism ever helps. It leads to passivity or a sort of paralysis, an inability to act because we tell ourselves that all is hopeless anyway.
Yesterday I wrote about the ‘normalcy bias’ and I can see it appearing in some people’s comments online; they seem to think that even if the worst happens, we can just vote for some ‘real Republicans’ and then we can return to business as usual. It is pretty certain that voting Republican will not solve our problems; will any right-wing political party even be allowed in a future which might be even more left-dominated than what we have now? I truly think lots of Americans think we can have much of or America even under a political system in which we will be low man on the totem pole.
I don’t know if this is just normalcy bias or if it’s an indication that people do in fact know what kind of future may await us, and are in deep denial.
Texas is seriously discussing secession. Most Americans have a stubborn bias against that idea, labeling it as ”treason”. They see the ‘Union’ as a sacred bond, even more than the marriage bond, it seems — so they express anger at the idea of secession. However there are those who are willing to entertain the idea.
Texas, when it joined the Union, reserved the right to leave the Union and return to being an independent nation as it was before it was a State. Some ‘authorities’ of today deny that there is or ever was such a stipulation. I find today’s authorities less credible than those of the past; I wonder why? Could it be because it’s the fashion for the experts to lie these days? I notice when searching for articles about secession that I got many articles meant to discredit the idea of secession; “it isn’t Constitutional”, is the usual line, as if anybody cares about the Constitution these days anyway.
I don’t know if the censors will forbid us to talk about taboo subjects like seceding. And speaking of that, the fact that we are increasingly being told what we may and may not say should be a little hint to the denialists that we’re not in Kansas anymore, maybe not even in ‘America’. We’re in uncharted territory, and I’ve been saying that for years — but we’ve drifted far away from the America of a few decades ago.
What is next? We don’t know. I have my opinions about what will ensue if the left attains power. I can only hope and pray that our world isn’t irrevocably changed for the worse. And that may depend, in great part, on DJT.