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Smith's Gamble

All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.

Andrew Jackson

The crisis of modern democracy is a profound one. Free elections, a free press and an independent judiciary mean little when the free market has reduced them to commodities available on sale to the highest bidder.

Arundhati Roy

The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.

Sandra Day O’Connor

So long as we may have an independent Judiciary, the great interests of the people will be safe.

John Rutledge


Smith’s Gamble: Public Anticipation

Smith's Gamble

Smith’s gamble is calculated to abandon Trump’s defense that as President, he is protected from criminal prosecution for illegal acts while in office. 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.

As the nation watches, the Supreme Court’s response becomes a defining moment. The public anticipates whether the highest judicial body will rise above political affiliations, upholding the principles that underpin a democratic society.

Judicial Independence

Smith’s gamble underscores the need for judicial independence. The court must demonstrate its autonomy, free from external pressures, ensuring its decisions are rooted in legal merit rather than partisan allegiance.

Smith’s Gamble: Public Trust

Trust in the judiciary is at stake. Recent controversies and the Dobbs decision have left citizens questioning the court’s impartiality. How the justices navigate Smith’s plea will either restore faith or deepen skepticism.

Smith’s Legal Ninjutsu

Smith’s legal strategy, akin to ninjutsu, cleverly turns Trump’s argument against him. By urging the Supreme Court to treat Trump as ‘special,’ Smith aims to expedite justice. Thus avoiding prolonged legal wrangling. It is a move akin to the old cowboy movie line, “Cut him off at the pass. The act of throwing Trump’s legally deficient argument in the hands of the Supreme Court places Trump’s legal team in a particularly bad position. They must argue against a 235-year legal value, that no one is above the law.

Smith’s Gamble: Political Suicide Warning

The court stands warned against shielding Trump, with potential political suicide looming. The public, already disenchanted, may view such a decision as a betrayal of justice, further damaging the court’s credibility.

Role of Conservative Justices

The conservative justices face a dilemma—adhere to the rule of law or risk being perceived as Trump’s protectors. Their decision will shape not only the legal landscape but also the public’s perception of the court’s integrity.

Smith’s Gamble: Implications Beyond Trump

This case extends beyond Trump; it’s a litmus test for the judiciary’s commitment to upholding the Constitution. A ruling favoring justice will signal a renewed dedication to the rule of law.

Justice Thomas’s Dilemma

Amidst calls for recusal, Justice Clarence Thomas faces a personal dilemma. His wife’s connections to Trump’s alleged crimes raise ethical questions that cast a shadow over the proceedings. His choice to recuse or not will echo beyond this case, shaping perceptions of the court’s commitment to integrity.

Smith’s Gamble: Conservative Ethics Under Scrutiny

The conservative justices’ history of questionable ethics, including unreported gifts and financial dealings, adds fuel to the fire. The public demands transparency and any perception of impropriety only deepens skepticism about the court’s ability to deliver impartial justice.

Balancing Act for Chief Justice Roberts

Chief Justice John Roberts, often seen as a guardian of the court’s reputation, faces a delicate balancing act. Will he guide the court toward a swift and transparent resolution, or will political considerations overshadow the pursuit of justice?

Smith’s Gamble

Public Perception and Political Fallout: In the aftermath of the Roe v. Wade overturn, public opinion teeters on the brink. A decision shielding Trump from prosecution could intensify the perception of a politicized court. Such a record invites further political fallout and eroding trust in the judiciary. Is this what the Court wants as a legacy?

Smith’s Call for Expedited Justice

Smith’s strategic call for expedited Supreme Court review mirrors the urgency felt by a nation eager for closure. The public, having endured divisive political battles, yearns for a judiciary that prioritizes justice over delay.

Smith’s Gamble: A Nation in Limbo

As the Supreme Court holds the fate of justice in its hands, the nation finds itself in limbo. The outcome will determine Trump’s legal standing for sure. It will shape the public’s faith in the very institution entrusted with upholding the pillars of democracy.

Final Verdict

In this legal poker match, the Supreme Court holds the cards. The nation awaits the final verdict, not merely as a resolution to a legal dispute but as a beacon illuminating the path toward a judiciary that stands unwavering in its pursuit of justice. The court’s move is not just a legal maneuver—it’s a pivotal moment in the quest for a fair and transparent legal system.

Smith’s Gamble: Conclusion

In this legal saga akin to a high-stakes poker game, Smith’s move forces the Supreme Court to confront its own hand. The cards dealt will not only decide the fate of Trump but will leave an indelible mark on the court’s legacy. As the nation watches, it remains hopeful that justice will prevail, untainted by political maneuvering and guided by the unwavering principles that define a fair and just legal system.

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.

One thought on “Smith’s Gamble: High-Stakes Poker Strategy with SCOTUS”
  1. […] Justice Thomas must recuse himself from the Supreme Court Case brought by Jack Smith on whether Dona…As the United States holds dear the idea that no person is above the law, and given Clarence Thomas’ record of receiving gifts from mega-donors without reporting those gifts, he has no place deliberating on this case or any other for that matter. Recuse and resign and then face the music of his misdeeds. […]

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