Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Saturday, June 11, 2016


According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. District Courts, there are currently 91 vacancies across the federal judiciary with 60 nominees pending.  Of that number 30 are considered "judicial emergencies" defined by the office as vacancies with a high number of filings or where a there is more than one authorized judgeship and only one active judge.

In a speech before the American Constitution Society, Senator Elizabeth Warren insisted: "Donald Trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and serves nobody but himself.”

She charged, that Donald Trump's attacks on District Judge Gonzalo Curiel were just an extension of the congressional GOP's playbook: “Where do you suppose Donald Trump got the idea that he can personally attack judges, regardless of the law, whenever they don’t bend to the whims of billionaires and big business?  Trump isn’t a different kind of candidate.  He’s a Mitch McConnell kind of candidate.  Exactly the kind of candidate you’d expect from a Republican Party whose 'script' for several years has been to execute a full-scale assault on the integrity of our courts.

“Like all federal judges, Judge Curiel is bound by the federal code of judicial ethics not to respond to these attacks.  Trump is picking on someone who is ethically bound not to defend himself, exactly what you would expect from a thin-skinned, racist bully."

Regarding Paul Ryan, who had called Trump's rhetoric "racist" in the wake of the nominee's claim that Curiel's ethnicity may have influenced his handling of a Trump University, Warren noted:"Paul Ryan condemned Trump’s campaign for its attacks on Judge Curiel’s integrity.  Great. Where’s Paul Ryan’s condemnation of the blockade, the intimidation, the smears, and the slime against the integrity of qualified judicial nominees and Judge Garland?"

"Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell want Donald Trump to appoint the next generation of judges.  They want those judges to tilt the law to favor big business and billionaires like Trump.  They just want Donald to quit being so vulgar and obvious about it.  Donald Trump chose racism as his weapon, but his aim is exactly the same as the rest of the Republicans.  Pound the courts into submission to the rich and powerful.”

Warren’s remarks are likely to heighten the feud with Trump, who has repeatedly called her "Pocahantas" over questions about her Native American ancestry that were raised in 2012.


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