The Supreme Question for Voters
By Richard C. Bartlett
We have no direct say in the makeup of the Supreme Court, or the federal judiciary. Yet their rulings are more powerful than the executive or legislative bodies. An activist Supreme Court can, as Citizens United has made abundantly clear, raise havoc with our traditional democratic system.
"It is absurd to equate corporations with people. They are only paper entities. They don't breathe or laugh. And we know that money isn't speech.It is absurd to equate corporations with people. They are only paper entities. They don't breathe or laugh. And we know that money isn't speech. Open your wallet and listen.
Only justices who want to give unlimited power to the super-wealthy and corporations seeking to dominate the political process could so blatantly disregard these obvious realities.
We citizens should unite. We should use the power of our votes to elect a president who will nominate judges who will rigorously follow the constitution rather than usurp authority beyond the legitimate scope of their office.
In the current election constitutional scholar Barack Obama is clearly the more qualified. His two appointments of well prepared women jurists prove his judgement. In contrast, Romney has often said he would nominate justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade. That would alter the very fabric of our society.
"Re-enforcing the activist court would inevitably accelerate America's present course toward plutocracy." We citizens should unite behind the senatorial candidate whose legal background and stated goals best qualify him/her to use the senate's confirmation power in our best interest. With Scott Brown saying his legal hero is Justice Scalia and then enumerated the other activist members in the Roberts court, it is clearly Elizabeth Warren who would best protect American democracy from an over-reaching court.
Re-enforcing the activist court would inevitably accelerate America's present course toward plutocracy. The government would come under the control of the 1% and the corporations. Regulations protecting our health and welfare and the earth's very livability would be discarded. And since justices serve for life, the future could be severely compromised.
Voicing patriotic slogans and making vague or ever-changing campaign promises and making false attacks hardly earns a thinking person's vote. Good citizenship demands we bring the power of reason into the voting booth with us on November 6th.
Richard C. Bartlett, Cotuit