A Descent into Chaos

Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

John Adams

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colors breaking through.

Alexis de Tocqueville

The danger of having the Constitution twisted and misconstrued to support vested interests and prejudices must be guarded against if American democracy is to maintain a progressive character.

Helen Keller

There’s no doubt that in the last two to three decades, American democracy has been hacked. It was based on the regular harvesting of the wisdom of crowds, but now big sources of special interest money are able to prevent the passage of almost any meaningful reform that’s aimed at the public interest.

Al Gore


A Descent into Chaos

A Descent into Chaos seems inevitable as SCOTUS leans more toward the will of their billionaire donors rather than understanding the will of the majority of the electorate. Such a division laid bare the partisan divide between the narrow court majority and the will of the people when SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade through the Dobbs decision. There is nothing I can imagine more terrifying than the corrupt majority finding Donald Trump cannot be prosecuted for his role in the January 6th insurrection to overthrow the results of the 2020 election.

In a pivotal move that could reshape the course of justice, the Supreme Court’s decision to hear an appeal on Capitol riot charges, including those against former President Trump, has ignited concerns about the future of American democracy.

The Peril of a Negative Ruling: A Descent into Chaos

A negative ruling by the highest court in the land could unravel the charges linked to the reprehensible Capitol riot. Potentially, such a decision allowing those responsible, including Trump, to evade accountability. This perilous scenario poses a direct threat to the foundation of justice and the rule of law. Thereby, undermining the very principles upon which our democracy stands.

Undermining the People’s Will

At its core, the charges stem from an audacious attempt to overturn the legitimate results of a democratic election. This goes beyond mere legalities. It strikes at the heart of democratic principles, challenging the sanctity of the people’s voice in shaping the nation’s leadership. A negative ruling risks sending the dangerous message that those in power can act with impunity. Thus,s undermining the very essence of representative government.

A Descent into Chaos: SCOTUS and Public Trust

The alleged declining public trust in the Supreme Court is not unfounded. The so-called conservative majority faces mounting skepticism, with concerns centering on their perceived ties to powerful billionaire donors. This erosion of trust jeopardizes the court’s role as a neutral arbiter and protector of justice. Citizens must have faith that the highest court is above partisan influences and dark money machinations.

The Influence of Dark Money

Whispers of unethical financial connections raise troubling questions about the court’s independence. Accusations of accepting what appears to be tantamount to bribes in favor of billionaire donors’ pet causes casts a dark shadow over the court’s commitment to impartiality and fairness. The court must dispel these shadows to restore public confidence in its ability to uphold justice without fear or favor.

A Descent into Chaos: A Threat to Representative Government

Should the Supreme Court deliver a ruling in favor of Trump and his co-conspirators, it risks transformation. Morphing from a safeguard of democracy into a tool manipulated by the powerful. This potential shift threatens the very essence of representative government. Thereby imperiling the delicate balance between the governed and those entrusted with upholding justice. The court must be a bulwark against this erosion. It must stand firm in its commitment to the principles that underpin the democratic experiment.

Challenging Judicial Integrity

The perception of the court being swayed by financial interests challenges its fundamental integrity. A judiciary perceived as influenced by dark money undermines public confidence. Such a move would be a turning the court into a symbol of the highest bidder’s interests. Restoring faith in the court’s integrity requires a clear and unequivocal rejection of any undue influence. A bold move demonstrating that justice remains blind to wealth and power.

A Descent into Chaos: The Call for Judicial Integrity

Now, more than ever, the Supreme Court must rise above potential external pressures. It must reaffirm its commitment to justice, free from the shadows of financial influence. The American people deserve a court that upholds the principles of impartiality and fairness, ensuring that justice is blind to wealth and power.

Preserving the Essence of Democracy

The choice before the Supreme Court is not merely legal; it is a defining moment for the soul of American democracy. A negative ruling could set a dangerous precedent, signaling to future generations that justice can be swayed by the wealthy elite. The court must remember its duty to protect the essence of the American experiment – a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.


In this critical juncture, the Supreme Court’s role in the Capitol riot case demands careful scrutiny. A negative ruling could catapult the nation into a perilous era where justice bows to influence, eroding trust in the democratic process. The court must rise above potential external pressures, reaffirming its commitment to justice and preserving the essence of the American experiment for generations to come. The future of our democracy hangs in the balance.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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  1. […] Smith’s gamble is calculated to abandon Trump’s defense that as President, he is protect…. By asking the Supreme Court to rule on this point, Jack Smith is calling on over 200 years of history that places no one above the law. In this chain of historical precedent, the high-stakes move requires an independent judiciary; one devoid of politics or political considerations. Should the court, already under ethical scrutiny for financial misdeeds and the stench of quid-pro-quo decisions due to the ethical scandal currently hanging over the court’s head, it could mean the end of the nation as we know it. […]

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