It’s the Supreme Court, Dummy!

  
Excellent article here and a great follow-up to Matt Yglesias’ recent Jeremiad about Democratic complacency at the state level. The fact of the matter is SCOTUS is the third hyper-partisan branch of government and with the other two almost certainly still divided after 2016, the most important. Forget undoing the damage of the Roberts Court; Democrats must retain the White House to prevent what could effectively be the outlawry of the Democratic Party, progressivism, and the tattered remnants of American democracy. It’s that fucking important.

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Published in: on October 29, 2015 at 8:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Supreme Betrayal

  
Conservatives have been winning at the Supreme Court for years now and they are likely to win even more this term. So why do they keep whining about it? Couple reasons: first, as noted elsewhere, many Conservatives live in a fantasy world where anything less than 100% success 100% of the time equals apocalyptic failure. Second, the Dolchstoßlegende perfectly serves the whiny perpetual victim narrative that drives the modern Conservative movement.

Published in: on October 5, 2015 at 11:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to the Oligarchy

 

Shorter Supreme Court: don’t give us none of that good goody good bullshit.

Follow the Money

Mother Jones tracks down the dark history of dark money, beginning with (surprise, surprise) Nixon.  Though there has been some nonsense lately in the MSM about how the Chief Justice was “shocked, shocked” by the results of Citizens United, that’s just so much eyewash.  Citizens United was Roberts’ baby and it has achieved precisely the desired result:  a plutocracy.  Needless to say, I have almost no faith that the Supremes will do anything to disturb this in the pending Montana case American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock.

Crystal Ball Time

I’m going to predict that the Supremes will overturn all of the Affordable Care Act in a sweeping opinion that also rolls back many other Federal programs (like Medicaid/Care) on some half-assed states rights theory that states with no constitutional rights to any Federal money nevertheless have a right to it with no strings attached.

I also predict that Liberals are deluding themselves that this catastrophe is somehow good for Obama.  This vast majority will be unaffected as they already have insurance and thus won’t care.  Later, when tens of thousands lose coverage due to “preexisting conditions” are kicked off their coverage, some MIGHT care but by then it willbe too late.

Anyways, that’s my prediction.

Published in: on March 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm  Comments (3)  
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Why Does Chief Justice Roberts Hate America?

Notorious radical Left-Wing socialist John Roberts demands patriotic God-fearing Republicans stop obstructing the Kenyan Muslim Nazi traitor’s judicial nominees, who will force all white people to get gay-married to illegal aliens under Sharia law.

Of course, Roberts falls for the old “everyone does it” meme, but still.

Conservative Activist Judges

George Will speaks truth: conservatives really do want “activist” judges, provided they are “activist” in the right direction.  He might also have mentioned Bush v. Gore, surely the most activist (not to mention anti-States’ Rights) decision of the Court so far this century.

I For One Welcome Our New Corporate Overlords

As anticipated, the US Supreme Court today officially abolished the inconvenience of democracy for the free market efficiency of plutocracy.  Today’s ruling clears the way for large corporations (considered artificial citizens under the law) to pour unlimited amounts of cash (which equals “free speech” thanks to the disastrous Buckley v. Valeo decision) into electoral campaigns, drowning out the few pitiful remaining voices who spoke out against them.  Look for future decisions to abolish disclosure requirements as well, so you won’t even know the names of the people who are buying your country out from under you.

UPDATE: On ongoing analysis of the decision from the Great and Powerful Kos.

UPDATE 2: Citizens United as judicial activism.

It’s The End of the World As We Know It

The US Supreme Court is poised to formally cede control of the American democratic process to large, unaccountable corporations and special interest group.  The ruling could potentially allow these groups to dump millions of dollars into elections, while denying voters the right to even know where the money came from.  This is the natural result of the disastrous Buckley v. Valeo decision:  if money = “free speech,” then those who have more money have more rights, creating a two-class system.  Or, to put it another way, it’s the Golden Rule:  them that has the gold makes the rules.

This Is Interesting

A recent poll shows strong public support for appointing a Native American to the Supreme Court.  So who would it be?  Larry Echohawk would seem to be the obvious choice (assuming I turned it down, of course).  Seriously, though, why not Stacy Leeds?  She’s already been a Justice on the Cherokee Supreme Court, she’s a law professor, she’s politically savvy.  Granted, I’m a little biased in her favor, having worked on her (unfortunately unsuccessful) campaign for principal chief, but still.