Remember that time when Trump blamed a “Democrat” Judge (it is never Democratic for the Right anymore) or “Democrat Judges” in the Ninth Circuit for ruling against his Middle East immigration policies? Remember the next day, when the Chief Justice did something neither he nor any Chief Justice ever does? Chief Justice Roberts telegraphed that he didn’t like Trump’s load of bull by basically issuing a slap down of Trump. He noted the obvious, that there is no such thing as a Democratic or Republican judge, only a judge, which neutrally applies the law. Yes, you do remember. Because it was full of awesome. The C.J. doesn’t play the Trump way. The Chief had some more awesomeness up his sleeve in a traditional New Year letter to the nation’s federal judges. It would almost seem like a direct message to Trump, and it is one to which Trump might want to pay attention, because it is from the one man who – on his own, totally – can make Trump’s near future a living hell. Justice Roberts prefers democracy over autocratic rule, and tells the nation’s judges things like this: “In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public’s need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital,” he wrote. “We should celebrate our strong and independent judiciary, a key source of national unity and stability.” Social media, huh? Worried about false information? Like someone tweeting out that under Article II he can do whatever he wants? A “strong and independent” judiciary is a key source of national unity and stability? That’s the word I would pick out of that clause. Stability, Trump and McConnell, chew that up while considering whether you’ve made the country more, or less, stable. Lead on, Chief: “We should reflect on our duty to judge without fear of favor, deciding each matter with humility, integrity and dispatch.” Roberts then encouraged judges to “do our best to maintain the public’s trust that we are faithfully discharging our solemn obligation to equal justice under the law.” Judge without fear and dispatch? That sounds like someone who might well be prepared to preside over an impeachment trial and “without fear” of the president or senate majority, rule right f…ing now, “discharging a solemn obligation to equal justice under the law …” with dispatch! Alright, it is fair to point out that this address is always “directed” at the judges within the judiciary, and not the public, and certainly not politicians. And yet … very few federal judges need bland pronouncements from the Chief. Some nasty politicians that love to spread “false information” through social media, damn well might. It is a shot across the bow. No, Roberts did not call out Trump by name. He did not need to. Trump likely wasn’t listening anyway, and wouldn’t understand it if he did. But his aides did and will, and so will many people in the senate. I guarantee they are far more worried about this message than any of the Democrats planning a trial in front of this very man, one man, with one peculiarly timed message. **** Peace, y’all Jason firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @MiciakZoom
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