An Open Letter to the Supreme Court

Where are they really headed?

March 20, 2024

Dear Chief Justice Roberts:

Why do I, like many Americans, feel like your court is on the precipice of a major mistake? If you operated in vacuum far away from politics, we would all be more comfortable. But in the last few years, the court appears to be wearing blue and red ropes. Is there no transparency and honesty being promoted in your building?

Now there is another aspect of your role becoming more and more bothersome: Time. Some cases and disputes are fast-tracked, while others seem less important. People are voting NOW! I know that researching law and precedents takes time and skill. I assume you have more than enough skill in your branch of government.

Recently, it appeared that the final filter of right and wrong is succumbing to pressures of STATE’S RIGHTS. You might believe you can split the baby and make everyone happy. Chief Justice Roberts, you are not splitting the baby, you are charting the path of justice for America.

Dobbs has divided the country and was not good for America. The idea of taking power away from the Federal Government (Texas SB4) and giving more prerogative to a state governor trying to please some imaginary majority of far right or left is illusionary and destructive. You’ll see, and when they write the history, you will be a footnote on what can really happen when the minority voice on the court is disregarded. They represent me.

You don’t do any consumer research; you just tell us what the law says, right? At least that is what I thought, but when you issue a decision, or delay justice with your feet dragging, you hurt the people and chip away at what makes America special. And you must tell us the WHY behind each decision, because many no longer trust you.

If you grant a former president immunity from any law of the land, you will pave the way for that same faction, once in power again, to dissolve the Supreme Court. Maybe get rid of all the courts. Is that what you want?

As you know, on February 6, 2024, the D.C. Circuit unanimously ruled that a president doesn’t have immunity from prosecution. Your justices should have read that decision and agreed and justice could deliver the right to a speedy trial for all of us.

I sense you want to protect your turf and like a dog in the neighborhood and pollute the process by writing some large decision that might give a president too much power that we will all regret. I urge you, as the Chief Justice, to please bring respect back to the court.

I will appreciate your response.

Sincerely,

Dwight C. Douglas

CC: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.


An Open Letter To Chief Justice Roberts

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Chief Justice Roberts

Dear Chief Justice:

I have to believe you are aware of what has happened in Tennessee. The sad part of that tragedy is it’s the result of those in an ivory tower who demand respect by wearing black robes, making them appear as if they are pious preachers, but alas, they are only humans who make grave mistakes in logic and judgement. Just today, I read that Justice Thomas admitted to taking $400,000 in “gifts” that he didn’t declare. How can the America public possibly believe that one of the country’s most important institutions is not for sale?

Clarence Thomas

We’re told that laws are based on facts and traditions to attain and maintain justice for all, but now we have racism out of the closet and in the streets and legislatures. You cannot rewrite every state law involving gerrymandering and voting schemes to give one party more power and advantage. And your observation that we’ve come along far enough to not need voter protections for people of color in this country is naïve and incorrect. Between declaring a corporation is a person and your decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that ended women’s rights to decide their own medical care, your legacy is in tatters.

You and the other justices have little respect for what came before, and it’s clear that Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett lied during their confirmation hearings about Roe vs. Wade. That should disturb you greatly. Your court’s removal of a law that was on the books for more than fifty years was a dismal miscalculation that has sullied the institution FOREVER.

Our Supreme Court has divided us more than we were before these decisions. Taking away rights from minorities, women and the disadvantaged is not what your legislative body is supposed to do. You might want to spend some time with African Americans who cannot find a job.

I hope you read this, but if not, it’s simply proof of how your isolation has warped your judgement to the detriment of this great land. Chief Justice Roberts, corporations are not people, the Second Amendment doesn’t give anyone the right to kill school children, and it’s well past time the Supreme Court starts seeing the world through the eyes of common men and women.

How about the courtesy of a response to this taxpayer?

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CAPITOL HILL STREET BLUES

Trump, Biden and Sexual Harassment

Let me say this right at the top, men can be pigs. In our #MeToo environment, more people have opened their eyes to the horror of sexual misbehavior that has existed for many years. Some men have attempted to avoid public shame by denying their actions, but the partisan politics will drive whether you believe the man, these days. Yes, things worked that way in the business world from the day women were invited into the club, but it continues today in every aspect of life. It’s the sadistic power of one person used over another as an assumptive permission to take a physical or sexual action.

In the 1981 award winning TV show Hill Street Blues, we saw the characters played by Daniel J. Travanti and Veronica Hamel having an ongoing sexual relationship. The character Joyce Davenport was a public defender and her boyfriend, precinct Captain Frances Furillo, called her “Counselor,” but they kept the relationship secret until the third season. We all know that many relationships are kindled at work, but in this TV cop show the two people appear to be on equal footing. This is an important ingredient in judging harassment.

Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump gained much of their power in the 1960s. It was a time when medical technology, in the form of birth control pills, pushed men and women together. The so-called “free love” era was running on all cylinders, until the early 1980s when the Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) hit the world. This virus, jumping from chimpanzee to humans, has been around for a hundred years and we still don’t have a vaccine for it. Google it. Now, back to Joe Biden.

While Joe was gaining power in Congress and Donald was dominating the crappy gossip columns of New York newspapers, many American men and women became more sexually aggressive. I found it curious when, during a recent interview, President Trump defended Joe Biden who is being accused of sexual harassment or assault. I  guess it stands to reason that Trump, who has been charged of the same crime by thirty women, would defend another man who is being “wrongfully” accused.

We know that power hungry, self-serving men in politics will swat away any accusation that makes them look bad. When a child is confronted with, “Who opened the cookie jar?” he or she will typically blame a sibling to avoid the pain of punishment. Should this work, they will carry forward the habit of lying when confronted. Most men and women will indeed lie when it comes to their personal sexual histories, even to their wives and husbands.

I am sure there have been times when Joe Biden and Donald Trump misread signs of women they encountered. We have all experienced uncomfortable positions. When I worked in a theater box office, a male theatrical director approached me with inappropriate sexual overtones. I was brave enough to tell him to back off, but I wonder how many naïve people trying to make it in their industry will not properly read the signs, or worse, kowtow to the desires of the harasser. I know this happened, but I am not about to out the man by publishing his name. He probably doesn’t remember it.

When men with less than youthful faculties are asked about something that happened decades ago, they often say they don’t remember. One could understand but not necessarily believe such an answer. When guesting on the Howard Stern radio show, Donald Trump admitted to womanizing and his use of power to exploit women. When talking to Billy Bush about women in a conversation recorded by Access Hollywood, Trump spoke of his male dominance, saying, “When you are famous, they let you do it…” I don’t expect Donald Trump to comprehend that “fame” is “power” and many women are attracted to it, but that doesn’t mean that every instance of assault or harassment can be excused as “the woman wanting it.”

When asked by a reporter why she had sex with Trump, Stormy Daniels openly confessed that she aspired to be on his reality TV show The Apprentice. So, there was a porn star using her looks and sexuality to get what she wanted. Interestingly, Trump was having an ongoing affair with a Playboy bunny, Karen McDougal, at the same time. She said his fame was part of the attraction. During her interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, McDougal said, “After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and I actually didn’t know how to take that.” Would that have made the Playboy bunny an employee and would she have been allowed to apply for bailout money?

Trump has denied that either affair happened, even though he paid a quarter of a million dollars to keep what “didn’t happen” from public knowledge during an election year.

Joe Biden is more than a gaff-meister. Aside from his stuttering challenge and propensity to mutter unfortunate things near open microphones, Biden’s dismissive evaluation of what happened when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 shows that he lives in a retro 1950s view of how things work. Yes, some people liked it when, during a tense argument over guns, Biden recently told a factory worker, “You’re full of shit,” but he is running for President and the leader of the free world is supposed to listen to its citizens. Sure, Joe Biden owns a gun, but that doesn’t give him a license to be like Trump.

The circumstances surrounding the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination show that Biden failed to use the power of the chair to conduct a judicious and thorough inquiry into Hill’s allegations. He has since apologized to Dr. Hill, but that cannot reverse what happened. The United States got a terrible Justice and the process set the stage for Bret Kavanagh, another bad judge on the high court.

Is there a paper trail? If there is a written sexual harassment claim filed by Tara Reade, the former Senate employee who claims Biden sexually assaulted her, I am sure, like many other complaints on Capitol Hill, it has been destroyed. That is the way the men in power who represent us operate. But over the weekend, Ms. Reade was probed by reporters and she says now, that the words “sexual assault” nor “sexual harassment” were not part of the complaint she filed. This is another “she said, he said” situation that we have seen played out in Congressional hearings.

Tara Reade, Dr. Anita Hill and Professor Christine Blasey Ford claim they remember incidents much more clearly than the men they’ve accused. Who holds men accountable when they say, “It never happened?” Who are these women who would change the course of their lives and indict a public figure of such terrible behavior? I’m sure they didn’t want the publicity, the on-going harassment and certainly not the death threats. Who would? So, will this incident hurt Joe Biden’s chance of becoming president? It takes a special person to admit they are wrong.

One of the innovations that show creator Steven Bochco brought to Hill Street Blues was shooting longer scenes with only one camera. It gave the viewer a feeling of reality because real life unfolds without pause. Politics is not seamless, but we often jump from one historical moment to the next seeing repetition of the same dirt. One of the things l liked about Hill Street Blues was that each show had a story, but the character arcs carried through future episodes. What James Madison did to avoid the War of 1812, could teach a current president lessons of leadership, but the president we have now will never follow the advice of history.

In the end, it won’t matter that twenty women have accused Trump of touching them, or one-woman accused Joe Biden of something he doesn’t remember. If people cared about women’s rights and their testimony against men, Harvey Weinstein would have been stopped years ago. If women had been listened to more, it wouldn’t have taken them 144 years to gain the right to vote. If more women were in power, the Equal Rights Amendment would have been passed years ago. Women, scream louder! Men still believe they are fully and solely in control and you must hold them accountable for their actions.

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ELEVEN WHITE MEN

Trump’s Fork in the Road

There is something disconcertingly obvious about how history repeats itself. I never liked Clarence Thomas, not because he seemed to be an angry African-American back in 1991, but because he lied and his judgements are purely political. And now we have another up for a job-for-life on the Supreme Court who, on the surface, also appears to be a liar.

Whatever “deep-state” plan there was to appoint a very conservative black judge on the bench of the highest court back then, I care not. But what we witnessed almost 30 years ago at the Thomas senate hearing was a group of senators who verbally protected a man by second guessing a woman. Now you might say that what Clarence Thomas did was no more than run of the mill sexual harassment in that era. From time to time, however, Supreme Court judges must evaluate things from where they sit on the high court. Thomas should have never been elevated to the Supreme Court.

But the biggest embarrassment for America is the current president of the United States. Just look at this tweet from 9-21-2018, I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!” Donald J. Trump, if at any company in America, would be setting the firm up a major law suit for creating a hostile environment. All the president’s men and women quoted in Bob Woodward’s book are right. He’s a fucking moron.   

Why no Republican women on the Senate committee? The eleven white male members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are, Chuck Grassley, Iowa, Chairman, Orrin Hatch, Utah, Lindsey Graham, South Carolina. John Cornyn, Texas, Mike Lee, Utah, Ted Cruz, Texas. Ben Sasse, Nebraska, Jeff Flake, Arizona, Mike Crapo, Idaho. Thom Tillis, North Carolina and John Kennedy, Louisiana.

I consider some of the men there nothing more than catheter bags and see no reason for them to be serving in Congress, let alone being on this committee. They are like what Trump would become if he could serve for life. O.M.G. Are you thinking “term-limits?”

Lindsey Graham has never been married, so I doubt he could judge anything about a relationship between a man and woman. Read into that whatever you want. Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and John Cornyn have their underwear so tightly twisted around their ideological excrement, I cannot believe anything they would decide would be good for all of America.

Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse seem to be reasonable people, but when given a little zap from the Republican cattle prod they both fall right into line. John Kennedy is a character with a deep-south downhome way of expressing himself, but don’t be fooled by his name. His blood runs red and he’s no Atticus Finch.

I have nothing against people getting old, but there must come a time when a person is too old to drive a car. Chuck Grassley, the chairperson of this committee, tries hard to keep things moving, but he’s 85 years old and nothing more than a tool of the good-ole boy network of the Senate. Then there’s Orrin Hatch, who is 84 and the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history. It is my opinion that Grassley and Hatch should retire today at 12 noon and so we can get some Republican women on that committee.

When Orrin Hatch was asked about the accusations from a woman who says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were teenagers, he showed his lack of clarity of thought. Hatch said the woman alleging assault when they were in high school must be “mistaken” and, even if the accusation is true, Kavanaugh is a “good man” and “senators should judge who he is now.” Orrin Hatch said that Christine Blasey Ford is “… mistaking something, but I don’t know, I mean, I don’t know her.”

Why would he even say that? In a court of law, he would be thrown off the jury. If he was a judge and made that comment, he would be forced to recuse himself. After he made that statement, why would he still have a vote in this matter? I will be disappointed if one of the Democrat women don’t ask for his recusal.

America has always been 50% female but they have had to scratch and claw their way to get respect. People like Sarah Palin have not helped the cause of women in politics. Anita Hill has. Are we going to believe women, or just have these eleven white men send our “women folk” back to the kitchen and stay-at-home status? We could use a few less penises on the Judiciary Committee.

Some men have moved on since 1991. Even Joe Bidden admits that, as chairman of the committee during the Anita Hill testimony, he was part of the problem. But you must gasp at the fact that Orrin Hatch is still one of the eleven angry men on the committee. What the hell are they angry about? Oh, yeah, it’s #MeToo.

It’s too late for Orrin Hatch. His only redeeming quality is that he was born in Pittsburgh, but then a lot of people can say that. He’s over the hill and half way down the drain. It won’t be too soon (January 3, 2019) until Utah puts Mitt Romney in that seat. At least we will then get a modern man with reasonable positions.

Back to the subject at hand. We will learn more next week about Brett Kavanaugh. Perhaps he will be able to lie better than he did about talking to Trump’s law firm and whether he used stolen memos when he worked for George W. Bush. Dr. Ford will have her day in court, and those eleven white men better behave or they could drive more suburban women to the polls in November.

I am sure we can count on the eleven white men to do the right thing despite the fact they have such a terrible role model in the REPUBLICAN President of the United States. Our Great Orange Leader doesn’t sleep in the same room as his spouse and he doesn’t use protection when having sex with porn stars. He seems more attracted to his daughter than his wife and, when confronted about alleged infidelity or sexual harassment, he simply denies it and walks away. His derriere is certainly bigger than his heart. Honesty is not a word you would ever use to describe Donald J. Trump. He’s merely a foolish man who built his house on lies.

When did America become so tainted by male chauvinism and old school male dominance? Oh yeah, when we elected a pig president. Oink! Oink!