Judge Alito is a symptom and a test for this country. How far are we, as a people, willing to allow the politicians, and the rich men and corporations that own them, to cow us into supporting increasingly intrusive, exploitive and violent worshippers of the Abusive Father to control all aspects of our society?
He's been groomed for this moment, as Chief Justice Roberts was before him. A lwyer who has spent his entire professional career working for the government has built his accomplishments as part of a movement that wants to remake government. A movement that has patiently worked toward wresting back power from a state reconfigured by FDR's "New Deal" and LBJ's "Great Society", two movements that attempted to put the levers of power a little closer to the hands of ALL the people.
Judge Alito, supporter of strip-searching little girls and denying asylum to escapees from totalitarianism, worshiper of the power of the state and the firm hand and the intrusive eye ... just a soldier in a movement. A movement that thinks that Americans want, no NEED, a firm hand, a truncheon available at all times to "keep us safe" from threats external and internal.
It's been said many times that the Republicans are the "strict father" political party, but they've moved beyond that to the Abusive Father, the lout who KNOWS that to spare the rod is to spoil the child and the woman. That it is his property that is of utmost importance, that other men like himself know what is best, that it's important that no individual secret be safe (you don't have something to hide, do you?), that no door be a barrier to his rule, that those who can't "get with the program" must be MADE to do so. While applying all of this power, for our own good of course, abusive daddy is free to blow all of the next generation's dough on high tech weapons (after all, if a sportscar is good, a "bunker buster" is better!). He's able to buy some rounds for his buddies at their exclusive club, able to buy a wing of the church where his friend in the frock forgives his philandering, his violence and his profligacy.
No words here proving that Judge Alito is manifestly unsuited for a seat on the highest court. There are many resources available to get information about that. Scotusblog and other sites have blow-by-blow coverage of the hearings, not to mention NPR and the cable news channels and CSPAN. We're beyond reason at this political moment in the country. A culture coup has taken place, slowly, patiently ... a repressive and greedy cabal has grabbed all of the branches of our government. Our city police forces look like armies, the public square is awash in protestations of public piety. So soon after we had, within such a short time ago, begun to work closer to the promise in our founding documents, it has Happened Here, and there is no patriot like General Smedley Butler stepping up to stop it.
There are brave leaders and activists working hard, and so many others doing what they can, even if it's offering small donations, writing letters and marching in protests. None of that, heartbreakingly, has been enough, and now this odious man, this serial liar and movement conservative, this coward unwilling or unable to stand up and speak his mind about what he really believes could very well be a Supreme Court Justice for the next several decades. He's lied to the Senate before, about recusing himself in the Vanguard case and it's plain that he'll do so again this week ... that's if he actually answers any questions at all. Abusive Fathers, after all, live by the lie. He's as bad as Bork, only lacking the conviction that enabled Judge Bork to stand before the nation and admit what he believed. Activists like Alito, and Roberts before him, learned a lesson from that. The "children" don't want to be told the truth ... better to obfuscate. This man, a man who wrote on a document in 1985 that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion." now tells Democrats that those were the words of "an advocate seeking a job" with the Reagan Administration. Lying then for his own advancement then, or lying now for his own advancement now?
Will it take another collapse, like the Great Depression, to help the left build enough momentum to start to take our country back, or is it too late? Will the Democrats in Congress actually read the frantic emails and listen to the calls coming in and fight for the people for a change, or will it be business as usual? This is a test of this nation: are we ready to be free again? Are we ready to be political actors again, and are there enough of us to drown out the amplifier of the big campaign contribution? Can we make our "special interest organizations" actually fight for us again, or will they remain mere influence peddlers, taking the scraps the Democrats promise will be left over after they've scarfed up their scraps dropped from Abusive Fathers big mahogany table?
Next Monday we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, a man who fought and died so that the promise of our nation might be accessable to ALL of our citizens. How will we honor that memory? Will the Democratic Party actually fight this time, or will it roll over once again?