A reactionary Supreme Court enshrines far-right extremism as law of the land

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 3: (AFP-OUT) Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court including (L-R) Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, former Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy and Associate Justice Samuel Alito attend an arrival ceremony as former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on December 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. Members of the public can pay their respects as Bush lies in state until Wednesday, when he will be honored during a memorial service at the National Cathedral. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

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If Supreme Court conservatives announce that Republican states no longer must abide by federal laws, what then? Where does their power end?

The Supreme Court gutted both American privacy rights and public safety with two brazenly far-right rulings last week. They’re not done yet; by this time next week, the court is likely to have erased the government’s ability to enforce environmental regulations using an equally bizarre far-right theory that could erase the federal government’s ability to write any regulations. And at that point, with the help of stonewalling Republican senators, large parts of the United States government simply cease to exist.

The end of Roe is heralding a new era of cruelty and civil rights attacks even as a conservative-stacked Supreme Court strips, from the other federal branches, the power to do anything about it. And the court’s most zealous (sedition-supporting) Republican has already drafted his own list of which rights need to disappear next.

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