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Roberts Supreme Court Destroying America

The so-called “conservative” majority on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has successfully made its move to dismantle democracy and enable fascist rule. I do not say this lightly. Fascism is defined as a regime that puts nation over its citizens, and often involves strong corporate control over the economy, which enables the regimenting of the population into rigid classes. In essence, fascism is the opposite of the goal of the Declaration of Independence (quote from Wikipedia):

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

To me, the essence of the American government was that it was supposed to be beholden to its people. It is no longer. There have been usurpations of sovereignty, pursuing the objects of corporate welfare and moralistic daddy-stateism, that the Supreme Court has enabled under the short but significant Roberts regime. Here are just a few, with relevant case names in parentheses:

  1. Corporations can ignore the Endangered Species Act which, incidentally, is now meaningless. (Defenders of Wildlife v. E.P.A.)
  2. Free speech can be curbed based on content. (Morse v. Frederick)
  3. Americans cannot challenge in court the spending of taxpayer money by the Executive branch. (Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation)
  4. Universally-heralded campaign finance laws now weakened. (F.E.C. v. Wisconsin Right to Life)
  5. Fairness doesn’t matter: A judge’s incorrect instruction is no excuse for someone incorrectly filing an appeal. (Bowles v. Russell)
  6. Brown V. Board overturned. (Parents v. Seattle)
  7. Corporate collusion is okay. (Leegin Creative Leather Products v. PSK Inc.)
  8. Glass ceiling enforced. (Ledbetter v. Goodyear)
  9. Habeas corpus need not apply. (Al Odah v. United States)
  10. National banks not subject to state bank regulations. (Watters v. Wachovia)

In sum total: corporations have broad lease to do what they like; citizens cannot contest the spending of taxpayer money; people must have innate knowledge of the law even if judges make a mistake; race cannot be a factor in desegregation of schools (though it was clearly a factor in slavery and segregation); corporations simply need to hide pay practices for six months to be held unaccountable to unfair pay practices, AND they can collaborate on pricing schemes.

This is not the America anyone signed up for. Let me note that all these decisions were 5-4, with the fake conservatives in the majority. I call them fake conservatives because they actually support anti-conservative positions. Conservatives believe in the preservation of the rights of Americans against corporate interests, and they believe in the value of states’ rights, and they believe Americans should be able to challenge any and all actions of the national government. Most importantly, they believe in fairness and justice.

America, the Supreme Court is letting you down.

More to follow.


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