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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

When was the last time the US Supreme Court ruled in support of the people?

E.J. Dionne writes about how the US Supreme Court's rulings are undermining democracy in favor or oligarchy.

An oligarchy, Webster’s dictionary defines as “a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons.” It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic, writes Dionne.

To put it in Maine Writer language, when was the last time the US Supreme Court created a ruling in favor of the people? 

Okay, maybe we can point to the one recent ruling in support of Obamacare. Even this ruling included the caveat that ordinary people who can't afford the health insurance exchanges, provided for in the law, are at the mercy of right wing state governments that won't expand Medicaid coverage. In other words, the high court ruled in favor of allowing people who can pay for health insurance to be able to buy it, but stopped short of extending the ruling to help those who cannot afford the coverage.  

Now the court is asked to rule on whether or not corporations can be protected from paying for contraception for women employees. Do these same corporations pay for Viagra for their male employees?  

Dionne points out the impact of the combination of decisions, Citizens United several years ago, and now McCutcheon - allowing unlimited campaign donations. Dionnne says the five Republican appointees to SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) - the Chief Justice and Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and Alito - always side with the wealthy, the powerful and the forces that would advance the political party that put them on the court. The ideological overreach that is wrecking our politics is now also wrecking our jurisprudence.

America's Founding Fathers were aware of and opposed to the notion of unchecked hereditary wealth. But, they never anticipated the explosion of wealth in one generation on the scale seen it in the past several decades, where a Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg or others of that ilk could accumulate so much proportional to the rest of us that they could basically buy and sell entire state legislatures and administrations.

Campaign finance laws supported by the SCOTUS is changing the rules of democracy so the wealthy few have the opportunity to own a slice of America.

In so doing, the wealthy are undermining the value of the individual voters.  

Honestly, I simply can't recall any recent ruling by the SCOTUS where the average person is supported.  

Thereby, pointing to yet another excellent reason for all Republicans to be voted out of office- so the next round of Supreme Court Justices (whenever that is) will be of the people and for the people. 

Although  Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, they are mortal. As a result, their eternal salvation will be their ultimate jurisprudence. Meanwhile, the right wing Republicans on the court continue to issue rulings inconsistent with the best interest of our American democracy and undermine the value of voting rights by supporting oligarchy.

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