Yesterday was quite a day. The poor folk of Wisconsin were given a chance to vote if they were willing to leave their homes in the face of a stay-at-home order in order to expose themselves to Covid-19. Just to be sure they would be put into a position of greatest danger in the City of Milwaukee I’ve heard that only five out of 180 polling places were open.
The Republican Party that controls the House and Senate in Wisconsin refused to move the day of the vote to a time in June. The picture on this page shows the Republican Speaker wearing protective gear usually seen in hospitals telling the people there is no danger in voting. it would be laughable if the situation did not involve life and death.
A federal judge recognizing that this is a time like no other entered an order saying those who wanted to vote by mail had an additional week to do that. The United States Supreme Court, the court that has closed its doors and refuses to do normal business because of Covid-19, overturned that order with the five judge conservative majority ruling in favor of the Republican Party. It held the vote must go on even though it was itself was afraid to go on.
I haven’t read the decision. I’m sure there was some precedent or another to justify it. But what precedent is there for what the people of this country are experiencing with Covid-19. I suggest the decision seriously damaged the Supreme Court’s reputation. Who now can look on it as other than an arm of the Trump administration? Who now will say it will administer justice fairly? Common sense shouted out that the people not be put into danger for exercising their franchise. When the Court shows it lacks that basic common sense and is willing to perpetuate a situation where many people will lose their right to vote because they wisely choose not to go out in the public as their government has urged them to do with its stay-at-home orders then it will find its reputation in the trash can and deservedly so.
It was not only the Supreme Court that could perversely enjoy seeing people putting them in a life and death situation that made yesterday quite a day. No one could miss the Trump getting his perverse jollies that have become so commonplace with him.
Was it just last Friday night that he fired an independent inspector general who exercised his independent judgment reporting Trump’s request that Ukraine investigate the Bidens. I guess he enjoyed doing that so much that he fired another inspector general yesterday because his report showed that Trump had been lying all along about the situation with the hospitals during this pandemic. You have to think he gets some type of kick out of crushing people who are doing what they were appointed to do. Do you fear for your country when people who are assigned to ensure the government is operating properly are fired when they show it isn’t? If not, I suggest you should.
Then we had the Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly who fired a captain of a Navy aircraft carrier who sought to protect his crew from Covid-19 that was surging on his ship. Word is Trump told him to do it. Do you know what skill you need to become captain of such a ship? He fired him because his letter complaining about it went public. He then flew out to Guam where the ship was stationed and called the captain “stupid and naive” to the crew who had given him a rousing cheer when he left the ship. It made me thing of Pee Wee Herman who would have said to Modly “I know you are but what an I.” Speaking of Pee Wee, I wonder if he will become the new acting secretary of the Navy. He would fit right in on the Trump Team.