The next Supreme Court justice appointed by President Trump would very likely bolster the court’s conservative wing. The Supreme Court balance of power would then revert to what we saw in the Bush Administration: leaning right but held back sufficiently by moderate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
Mr. Trump said in a Twitter post on Monday that he would announce his pick on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Here how a Trump-induced conservative court will affect our lives on key issues:
PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS (HIGH RISK)
This includes teacher’s unions, government employee unions, and the like.
A ruling allowing workers to avoid paying fees for activities like collective bargaining has been the subject of a decades-long campaign by conservative groups that seek to weaken unions representing teachers and other public employees. A new Trump appointee would probably hasten such a ruling.
PROTECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS ARE AT HIGH RISK!
After Justice Scalia died, the Supreme Court’s blocked President Barack Obama’s effort to deal with climate change by regulating emissions from coal plants. Bolstered by another Trump appointee, the court is likely to overturn every meaningful and positive ruling in the environmental arena in recent history.
CONTRACEPTION AND TRANSGENDER CASES MAY FIZZLE
The new Trump appointee is likely to move the newly unbalanced court to cater to the religious right’s’ objections to contraception and transgender issues coming before the court.
There is currently a case regarding transgender rights on the Supreme Court’s docket, and has to do with discrimination “on the basis of sex” in schools that get federal money.
JUST ONE TRUMP APPOINTEE COULD DO LASTING DAMAGE TO OUR NATION, CULTURE, AND THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE IN THE LAST 8 YEARS. BUT WHAT’S MORE FRIGHTENING IS THE SPECTER OF TWO OR MORE TRUMP NOMINEES.
Multiple appointees by Mr. Trump’s is entirely likely, with the three oldest members of the court being Justice Kennedy, 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 83, and Justice Stephen G. Breyer, 78.
Until the time that those Justices leave the bench, at least the issues of Abortion Rights and Affirmative action appear to be safe.
However, there is a strong likelihood that the court will be transformed into one with a solid five-justice conservative majority. Then it would enter a new phase, and liberal precedents on abortion, the death penalty and gay rights would most likely be at risk.
Progressives, liberals, and Democrats need to resist and filibuster any pick not named Merrick Garland. They must force the GOP to use the nuclear option and get rid of filibuster/cloture once and for all.
As for the Republicans, I suspect that they will go after Trump once his Supreme Court nominee is safely confirmed. Of course it’s better late than never, but I doubt the cowardice they’ve displayed up to now will ever be forgotten. They’ve sold their souls to the devil in order to get the SCOTUS nominee they want, and shame on them for doing so.