The Republican-dominated U.S. Supreme Court is hurting our nation in many ways

The U.S. Supreme Court used to have credibility and respect, but in recent years it has become the enforcement arm of the Republican Party and now most Americans do not trust it to provide real justice.

Here are a few recent articles:

 

Republicans are hell-bent to destroy our Constitutional system and grab power:  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-issue-that-trumps-them-all/ar-AAZ4tHW?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=45693dcd81d545e9936230b67097c18b

 

A majority of voters think SCOTUS decision is based on personal beliefs, not constitutional precedent:  https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/2022/6/28/voters-reject-the-supreme-courts-decision-to-overturn-roe-v-wade

 

Supreme Court is carrying out the Republican/Trumpian coup against the U.S.:  5 of the 9 were appointed by Republicans who became president despite having lost the popular vote.

 

Steven Donziger, a brave whistleblower who was convicted and sentenced for telling the truth, recently wrote this:

Here’s my quick analysis of the abortion issue: we need to take a step back and see the big picture. Our Supreme Court as an institution is no longer a judicial body; it is a political body that is unelected and whose charge is to carry out an extreme-right agenda that primarily benefits the fossil fuel industry, corporate power, and other anti-democratic forces that are undermining fair elections and personal freedom.

Rather than rule on law, the justices are imposing laws that run counter to the wishes of the majority on almost every major issue: reproductive rights, gun rights, climate, consumer rights, Indian adoption laws. I’ll add that into this environment Chevron gets away with a private corporate prosecution of me that results in a 3-year detention for holding it accountable for massive pollution in the Amazon. Six right-wing judges on the Supreme Court are now trying to dismantle the “administrative state” which is simply code for blocking all attempts by our executive branch agencies to carry out the will of Congress on climate and other major consumer issues.

It feels like a judicial coup. Industry ⁠— via an array of groups like the Federalist Society, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Koch Brothers funding network ⁠— are controlling our society for their narrow benefit via six judges: Gorsuch, Roberts, Kavanaugh, Coney Barrett, Thomas, and Alito. Three of them were appointed by Donald Trump after he lost a national election on the popular vote to Hillary Clinton. Our society has become deeply undemocratic.

The original purpose of the Supreme Court was to protect the people from the government. The current purpose of the Supreme Court is to protect corporate and governmental power from the people. Stop kidding yourself that the Supreme Court is a judicial body. It is not.

Six unelected judges are largely controlling the freedom and rights of over 300 million people.

This is not good for the rule of law. It is not good for democracy. It is not good for the vast majority of people in the US. The problem of the US Supreme Court must be addressed or we will lose our democracy and our planet will continue to burn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org