I was browsing through my typical feeds and felt this was interesting. Trump has appointed so many federal judges. Some reports say as many as 25% of
all federal judges are now Trump Appointees. I am not sure how this compares to other presidential administrations. But this might mean big big
changes in the western United States.
Federal Judge List
For our foreign friends, the western United States (California, Oregon, Washington) are notoriously liberal because of the large urban centers (LA,
San Fran, Portland, Seattle) where as the rural areas of these states tend to be more conservative. So conservative that every few years rural areas
entertain the idea of leaving their state because of the perception of incompatible lifestyles, cultures, earnings, and needs. This region, in
addition to California, Oregon, and Washington also includes Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, and Arizona. I have often considered how
incompatible a logger from Montana would be in their political support to a socialite from S. California. Especially when you compare it to the maps:
Article (no paywall)
Article 2 (no paywall)
Article 3 (paywall)
As you can see geographically there is a lot of concentrated red voting in the highlighted states, which often leaves individuals there feeling a lack
of representation when you have to compete with large densely populated urban areas. One argument for the electoral college that I support - these
voices should not be silenced in favor of a straight democracy (popular vote). No one in rural Nevada wants Las Vegas making laws that influence them.
No one in rural Washington wants Seattle's enforced laws. Entire states don't want Seattle, LA's, San Fran's, and Portland's rulings.
Arizona wanted a divorce.
However, I am at an impasse. Though I find many of the rulings from the 9th circuit ridiculous, a flip to red now ignores the densely populated urban
areas and their needs / desires. (Of course we could debate the 'needs' aspect, I am speaking from a point of 'their perspective'.) To where a
majority of people are now ruled by a minority of the culture and population.
Because of what I perceive as insanity from rulings in the 9th circuit courts, I tend to think a swing back to try to make the rulings more moderate a
generally 'good thing', I sit and think about the ramifications of these appointments.
Supreme Court Reversals
This is not the only time this has happened since 2016. This also occurred with the 11th circuit court.
The 11th circuit court has a swing state (Florida). It was said that the Democrats attempted to load this area with more progressive individuals in
positions (such as federal prosecutor and federal judge) to encourage Florida to swing blue more often than not, especially after G.W. Bush's win in
Florida which was highly contested by Democrats.
I thought it was interesting, especially what it could mean for the left coast. What do you think we will see happen?
edit on 2 23 20 by KaDeCo because: (no reason given)