Note on the Supreme Court decision

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Mon Dec 11 07:42:57 MST 2000

>>> wwchi at 12/11/00 12:29AM >>>
I have been making bad predictions for the last month, beginning with a post
entitled "The Election is Over" which was typed during the one-hour period
on November 8 when this seemed to be the case.<p>
My most recent bad prediction was last Saturday, when I told someone, "I
can't possibly believe that the Supreme Court will intervene to stop the
recount.  It's an elegant solution, it's grounded in Florida, Bush can't
show irreparable harm .. this is going to be it."


CB: Well, law is politics. States' rights principle is easily disgarded if it should
prevent the election of the more right wing candidate.


I confess to being very much surprised when they voted to brazenly steal the
election from Gore on completely flimsy grounds.  Not because I think
Supreme Court justices are incapable of acting dishonestly, making
groundless rulings, flouting their own precedents, etc.  But because I
didn't see WHY they would so obviously, so openly, steal an election which
objectively means comparatively little to the ruling class.  It's not as if
they were stealing the election from a socialist.  It's not as if Gore
stands for any policies which will materially injure the ruling class.


CB: Yea, it's a problem for the analysis that there is no difference between the


They have ripped in shreds the idea of the 'non-partisan Supreme Court'.
This has been a very useful illusion for them over the years, and I had not
thought that they would discard it now.  The only conclusion I can draw is
that their short-sighted contempt for the masses has reached an
unprecedented height.  They do not believe they have to condescend to fool
us.  They believe that the masses are so weak, so impotent, so disorganized,
so much without alternatives to their rule - and will ALWAYS be so much so -
that they can discard their pretenses.  They steal the presidential election
for the lightest of motives, in the most shameless fashion, just because
they can ... and because they don't believe they will suffer any negative


CB: And to the ruling class the small difference between the candidates does make a
difference such that they would make the rash move you describe above.  So, does the
ruling class know something that we don't ?


This is rather insulting, but on the other hand it's a very helpful and
important thing that they are as overconfident as this.  They really are
going to pay for it.  The difficulty of explaining the concept of the
"dictatorship of the bourgeoisie," and the implausibility of the dictum
"political power grows out of the barrel of a gun," have declined by about
75%.  All month whenever I have been discussing the election with workers I
have been saying things like "In the end it all comes down to whoever the
police and the generals will side with".  At first people laughed, but not


CB: Don't forget to mention the Kennedy assassination too. That was a real gross
example of a section of the  ruling class just showing out. And in that case, it
wasn't even Dem vs. Rep. It was the difference between two Dem's that made a
difference to the ruling class. Can't get more tweedle dum and tweedle deeish than two

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