The conclusion of Abraham Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address means something completely different now.
“…and that government of the people, by the corporation, for the corporation, shall not perish from the earth.”
It cannot be stressed enough how devastating this fascist Activist Roberts Court decision on Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission was. The ramifications will affect every aspect of our lives, starting with the next election. Nothing George Orwell ever dreamed up could be more frightening.
Last May, Jeffrey Toobin wrote about Chief Justice John Roberts in The New Yorker. I quoted from his piece, No More Mr. Nice Guy, on-air this afternoon. Toobin contrasted George W. Bush’s implanted corporate shill’s carefully crafted image at his confirmation hearing with his track record PRIOR TO CITIZENS UNITED V. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION:
Roberts’s hard-edged performance at oral argument offers more than just a rhetorical contrast to the rendering of himself that he presented at his confirmation hearing.“Judges are like umpires,” Roberts said at the time. “Umpires don’t make the rules. They apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.”
His jurisprudence as Chief Justice, Roberts said, would be characterized by “modesty and humility.” After four years on the Court, however, Roberts’s record is not that of a humble moderate but, rather, that of a doctrinaire conservative. The kind of humility that Roberts favors reflects a view that the Court should almost always defer to the existing power relationships in society.In every major case since he became the nation’s seventeenth Chief Justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and the corporate defendant over the individual plaintiff. Even more than Scalia, who has embodied judicial conservatism during a generation of service on the Supreme Court, Roberts has served the interests, and reflected the values, of the contemporary Republican Party.
Read more at The New Yorker.