The Supreme Court Just Reminded Us Elections Have Consequences (As If We Needed Reminding)

Ted Millar
8 min readJul 2, 2023
Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

There must be something about the end of June that gets the right-wingers on the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) all cranked up.

Back when Donald Trump was running for president, his close adviser Steve Bannon pronounced his — and through him, Trump’s — agenda to “deconstruct the administrative state.”

Most people probably had no idea what he was talking about.

Those who get their “news” from right-wing hate media defended it regardless.

The billionaire-owned corporate media glossed over it because those benefiting from the deconstruction’s deregulation were perfectly fine with the resulting tax cuts.

We saw what happened.

For four years, Donald Trump sought to weaken NATO, undermine the United Nations, further massively cut taxes on the morbidly rich, eliminate environmental standards, and take a blowtorch to federal regulations intended to make us healthier, better educated, and safer.

The obsequious republican party waited 40 years for someone like Trump to come along so it could step out of the cloakroom into the daylight to destroy democracy right in front of us.

What did Bannon mean?

Look no further than the disastrous decisions the SCOTUS handed down last week— exactly one year after a tranche of anti-democratic decisions catering to right-wing evangelical so-called “Christians” and the millionaire class funding them.

In his minority opinion standing with his five radical colleagues — three of whom are Trump appointees —Chief Justice John Roberts doubled down Thursday on a position he took a decade ago in the Shelby county v Holder case when he asserted with an African American president in the White House, we are now in a “post-racial America” and no longer need a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act protecting African American voters from race-based voting restrictions at the state level.

His opinion Thursday states:

A benefit to a student who overcame racial discrimination, for example, must be tied to that student’s courage and determination. In other words, the student…

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Ted Millar

Ted Millar is a teacher, poet, and political writer for The Left Place blog on Substack: https://theleftplace.substack.com/. Twitter: @tedmillar