In another ruling relying on historical errata of the 1600s to nullify laws passed centuries later, Supreme Court conservatives overturned a New York law that put limits on who can carry concealed handguns. The families of future mass murder victims can rest assured that their loved ones did not die in vain, but as a nod to the beliefs of 17th century witch hunters and English partisans concerned about the political dynamics after the Stuart Reformation.
This abjectly insane argument put forth by crank ideologues fishing for some tidbit of history that might support their views while declaring every conflicting historical view inconsequential is called “originalism,” and it’s useful because if you dig deep enough through the detritus of history you can find justifications for anything from ritual child sacrifice to burning neighborhood women at the stake for showing their ankles. Originalism: The Judicial Philosophy That Can Support Anything! Even an attempted coup!
In new hearings of the Jan. 6 select committee, witnesses testified to the lengths Trump and handpicked conspiracy crank Jeffrey Clark were willing to go to declare Trump’s election loss invalid, even as all those around them explained why each of Trump’s conspiracy claims were absolutely untrue. We also heard the names of the House Republicans who sought pardons after the effort to topple the government failed.
Oh, and Jeffery Clark’s home was raided by the FBI yesterday. Yeah. Here’s some of what you may have missed:
- In radical decision, Supreme Court all but nullifies states’ right to control guns
- Explosive testimony exposes GOP lawmakers as Jan. 6 probe presents evidence of ‘political coup’
- DOJ moves on multiple fronts as FBI hands out subpoenas and searches home of Jeffrey Clark
- Fake Trump electors who signed onto Jan. 6 scheme get rewarded with subpoenas from the FBI
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