Sunday, October 24, 2010

Find John Roberts a new job

by Rich Miles

Yellow Dog, over at Blue in the Bluegrass, has posted on a topic that I think should become near and dear to the hearts of all liberals: the impeachment of Supreme Court justices who do not serve the people. Go read the whole thing.

But here's what I think: This - the impeachment of one or more extremely biased Supreme Court justices - is one of the best ideas I've seen in years. In fact, I had this idea about a year or so ago, but figured it would lead to civil war, so never put it out there.

But ya know, all considered, civil war may not be such a bad thing. At least, not considering the alternative, which is the destruction of the American way of life.

Roberts, Scalia, Alito, and arguably one or two others, need to be gotten rid of (this is NOT a physical threat, but an urging toward the use of law to remove them from office). The Supreme Court must always be seen as the last, FAIREST resort of American government, and now it's like the judges on the courts of some banana republic, where the rulings are pretty much decided in advance.

And the Citizens United ruling is unquestionably the WORST ruling the U.S. Supreme Court has EVER handed down. It literally hands the right to vote to wealthy corporations, to the exclusion of the rest of us.

We're seeing the effect of this now, in the 2010 election cycle. NO ONE thinks this is a good idea except the CEO's of large corporations.

And have you ever parsed out WHY corporations agree with this ruling?

It's because Citizens United allows corporations quite literally to BUY POLITICIANS. It's no longer covert - the pols are for sale, and they're just about price-marked and on the shelves waiting for the highest bidder.

And of course, after those pols are bought and placed in office, they continue to have allegiances, required allegiances, to those whut brung 'em.

Again, to the exclusion of the rest of us. So our Supreme Court is no longer ours. It belongs to the corporations, which according to the courts, are just like human beings and have every right to give as much money as they wish to any candidate they wish.

Now how can anyone view that as anything but permission to buy politicians? Give 'em as much money as you want, and then expect them NOT to do your bidding at every turn? Are we really that stupid, that we think that's NOT what's going to happen? And who gave us this ruling, but Roberts' court?

And how do we get rid of corrupt justices? And what doubt can there be that several of our justices are unquestionably corrupt?

Impeach Roberts. To start with. And then we'll see what happens next.


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Jack Jodell said...

Rich, I second your and Yellow Dog's idea and will shortly be preparing a post on the same lines myself. Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and THOMAS are ALL deserving of impeachment for the daggers they have thrown at regular working people on behalf of the corporate and wealthy elite. Roberts is the most smug and close-minded justice I have ever seen. He and his far-right cronies are NOT true representatives of a government of, for, and by the PEOPLE. They haved twisted and perverted our Constitution to become a tool for oligarchs.