“Our country can survive the occasional infelicities and improprieties of Donald Trump. But it cannot survive losing the Supreme Court to liberals and allowing them to wreck our sacred republic. It would reshape the country for decades.” — Bill Bennett
How seriously should we take this prediction. Not at all.
How seriously should we take Bill Bennett? Even less.
Let’s consider Bill Bennett. He was the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy from March 13, 1989 — December 13, 1990. He failed. The office should never have been created.
Before this, he was Secretary of Education from February 6, 1985 — September 20, 1988. The office should never have been created. Reagan promised he would abolish it if he was elected — another Reagan promise that was lost in the mists of patronage.
Before this, he was Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities from December 24, 1981 — February 6, 1985. The office should have been abolished. He was the neocons’ choice over the truly great conservative intellectual and professor of English, M. E. Bradford. The New York Times reported this.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13– The Reagan Administration has decided against appointing a conservative political theorist from Texas to head the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has chosen instead the president of a scholarly research center in North Carolina.A high-ranking White House official said today that the new chairman would be William Bennett and that the appointment would probably be announced next week.
Mr. Bennett said when reached by telephone today that he was not aware that the decision had been made.
The same was true of the disappointed candidate, Prof. M.E. Bradford, an English professor at the University of Dallas, whose scholarly writings criticizing Lincoln aroused opposition from many Reagan supporters, especially those described as “neoconservatives.”
Bennett later put his name on a compilation of old primary source documents, The Book of Virtues. It was published in 1996, a decade after he was Secretary of Education. He was not able to get anything changed in American education — certainly not the addition of virtues. Federal money either drowns out or buys off virtues.
He made millions in book royalties for a bunch of documents. Sadly, he gambled away $8 million.
Bennett is cited as an authority in an article titled “Pascal’s Wager — Bet On Trump.” When it comes to betting, be on the other side of the betting — the house side.
THE SUPREME COURT CARD
Bennett is playing the Supreme Court card. Politically, it really is the conservatives’ trump card. If we elect a Democrat, we are assured, the Supreme Court will be filled with leftists.
That depends on whether we elect a Democrat Senate. The Senate can block any appointment. Wikipedia reports:
A simple majority vote is required to confirm or to reject a nominee, but a successful filibuster threat could add the requirement of a supermajority of 60 needed in favor of cloture, which would allow debate to end and force a final vote on confirmation. Rejections are relatively uncommon; the Senate has explicitly rejected twelve Supreme Court nominees in its history.
So, Hillary needs at least 60 Democrats in the Senate to get any nominee onto the bench.
Second, the Supreme Court can decide only a few cases. We got ObamaCare because of Chief Justice Roberts, a conservative (hahaha — gotcha again, suckers!).
The action is not in the Supreme Court. The action is in the executive. Lawless bureaucrats called administrative law judges decide what the law is. They are hired by the executive agencies that are prosecuting someone. The administrative law judges serve as judges, juries, and executioners. This is taking place all over the West. It has been going on for over a century. It is the triumph of bureaucracy. The great legal historian Harold Berman’s Introduction to Law and Revolution (1983) tells the story.
The betting sites in Great Britain say that the odds are three to one against Trump. I pay no attention to polls. I pay attention to betting sites, where people have money on the line.
So, let’s assume that she wins. What will Bennett’s fallback position be in 2020? He has announced the coming of the apocalypse: our country “cannot survive losing the Supreme Court to liberals and allowing them to wreck our sacred republic. It would reshape the country for decades.” He has shot his political wad. There is no comeback from this. If Trump loses, all is lost! This is the Spartans at the pass!