The death of Antonin Scalia, fittingly on a ranch in West Texas, could not have come at a more opportune time for Demotards, especially one Bernard Sanders. I will note that Scalia was a brilliant man, albeit one whose brilliance served rightwing evil, but he was also said to be kindhearted, jovial and a great friend to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is perhaps the most liberal Jurist on the Major League Legal bench.
The chance for Obama to select the third SCOTUS appointee will cement his legacy in the top tier of Presidits. It is no small feat to make the third seat of US political power do a 180% ideological turn during your term in office. In fact, such an accomplishment would showcase the completion of the power shift from right back to left that Obama's two terms represent in a way that will become truly magnificent with the forthcoming election of one Bernard Sanders (D-Vermont).
Did I also mention the culmination of 12 year's worth of donkeytale prescience battling internet loosers who believe anything accomplished that isn't 100% pure whitier-than-thou progressivism is "selling out" by "DINOs?"
The problem of attaining purity was answered by the greatest sage of all, Prince Gautama, who understood the journey to enlightenment as the eightfold noble path.
(Note to purists: that is eight paths, not one path)
Further, the concept of purity is an attainment that results from the difficult struggle within the self to rid us of those qualities that make us hardheaded, self-confident cocksure ideologists.
For we are all pure at the core of our conception and yet we become defiled as a result of our willful tendencies and those placed upon us by the material world. The path to purity involves ridding ourselves of ourselves.
Deep down, all of Buddhism affirms our purity because all of Buddhism affirms the teaching of no-self. Sin is not at our core, but neither is some sort of pure being, or any thing that we just need to uncover. At the core is no-core.
The absence of self is not merely an absence, but a connectedness, a fullness beyond description. But around the core which connects us to all beings is “us,” with all of our bad habits, mistaken ideas, and (most nefarious of all in Buddhism) our very concept of self.Bernie Sanders is practicing zen in this campaign. Obama, for all of his frustration dealing with the unprecedented obstruction placed upon him by a racist opposition, has practiced an imperfect zen, but one that successfully brings us forward to this point in time.
His ability to outwit the obstructional GOP Congress has enraged and frustrated their lunatic base as never before and brought them over the edge of earthly insanity that we see realized in the current circus that passes for their nomination process. The GOP is now at its lowest point since Reagan.
They cling to power only because liberals clump together in larger cities and the Constitution disburses congressional seats in a way that penalizes progressives. We win resounding victories in fewer districts and states, while the GOP wins more districts (aided by heinously undemocratic gerrymandering) and more Senate seats in states with fewer people.
Thus, the ideological tide has turned during the Obama two terms but the power shift is yet incomplete.
Here is where Scalia's death offers the perfect opportunity. The GOP will block and obstruct Obama from selecting a third justice even though there is no precedent for this to happen with eleven months to go in his term. The court will be rendered dysfunctional for perhaps a year and a half as there will be no clear majority. Arthur Kennedy, ironically the "swing vote" on many social issues but a conservative nonetheless, was in fact seated during the final year of Reagan's presiditzy.
But in our current climate the GOP will block Obama because he is Obama. Black, historically relevant, a better than average presidit who will reach upper echelon historically if he manages to turn one third of the federal apparatus around to the left. The media will have a field day because of this unprecedented blockage. The Demotards will hold the obvious high ground on both practical and 'fair is fair' terms. Greater turnout, more shifting of the center towards the Demotards will likely result.
Obama must seize the moment make this his last stand, a hugely significant effort that will garner much heat and light controversy to highlight for the last time how truly awful the GOP obstructionism has hurt Amerikkka. Obama will by necessity either outwit the GOP one more time and gain a last herstoric victory (based on a compromise candidate of course which will engender the purists howling for the last time) or he will sacrifice historicity by standing strong and loosing with a progressive appointee, thus setting the stage for a Demotardic victory in 2016 of both the White House and likely the Senate too.
The sheeple will look aghast at this next stage GOP-rendered congressional dysfunction spilling over into the Supreme Court, tying it to the criminally conservative tool Republikkkans eventually nominate. Bernie Sanders will benefit all the way into the next inauguration with a Senate majority at his back. Congress, alas, is still too rigged (and liberals too clumped) for a win there.
But either way, now or then, the SCOTUS will turn. Bet on it.
The right's ascent during the 80s was aided by similarly fortuitous events. The left's resurrection now finds it's own moment.
Antonin Scalia, RIP.