SCOTUS leak is nothing more than a lust for power

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Tom Treece
Tom Treece

“Gone are days of simply doing what’s right for the majority; now the only thing that matters is doing whatever necessary to insure MY side is victorious. That, of course, depends solely on getting and holding on to power, and more than just me still believes the lust and intense need for that power makes men do virtually anything to achieve it, including surreptitiously controlling an election.”

I wrote those words in my recent column regarding Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to sit on the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) and what a manifestation of that quest for power we just witnessed with the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft of a potential Roe v. Wade decision by SCOTUS.

For starters, that leak is unquestionably the highest breach and violation of confidentiality in the history of the court. It also dilutes the hope and trust of all who put their faith in the honesty and integrity ingrained in the court’s decisions and, sadly, all for political gain.

Once politics rears its ugly head in anything regarding the sanctity of the highest court in the land it could be irreparable and possibly impossible to rebuild.

I expect the nine justices are currently casting questioning eyes at each other, and perhaps even worse, at their own staffs wondering from where the leak came. There are probably 30 to 40 law clerks plus senior staff members serving the court, any or all which could have had access to the leaked draft.

So the answer to why would one of the liberal justices (Sotomayor, Breyer, Kagan) or even one of their law clerks or staff members risk their careers by leaking this draft is exactly what I was inferring in that previous column: the lust for power!

It’s widely known that in midterm elections the political party not in the White House does well in picking up elective seats in all elections, specifically in the House and Senate. And, based on the dismal ratings of our current administration — thanks to the highest rate of inflation in decades and more — Democrats are expected to take a beating in those midterms.

That is, unless they can come up with something like, let’s say, COVID, to redirect people’s minds and ignite the sluggish party into action. And what could possibly be better than THE hottest hot topic in the land … abortion!

Justice Alito’s draft had hardly hit the streets before throngs of dissenters hit those same streets with signs and megaphones assuring America — and, hopefully, perhaps influencing one or more of those conservative justices to reconsider their Roe v. Wade vote — that there will be hell to pay if the ruling that has stood for a half-century is overturned.

For me, I am as excited as I’ve been in most of that half-century at the hope that Justice Alito’s draft becomes law of the land and we can end the grisly, ghastly practice of abortion.

The idea that I live in a country where so much passion and contempt fuels the demand that women have the right to kill their indefensible children, especially in what once was deemed the safest place in the world for them, the womb, is unconscionable.

And, considering the probability that there will be “hell to pay” in mayhem from the left should Roe v. Wade be overturned, I suggest there will one day be a different kind of hell to pay for those responsible for the estimated 63 million children executed during that half-century.

But, what do I know.

Tom Treece is a Monroe native and musician. Contact him at

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