Americans Are Watching and They No Longer Trust The Conservative Supreme Court

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Trust is deep-seated belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, and effective, and can be counted on to remain faithful to the reason they expect to be trusted in the first place. For most Americans, the idea of having trust in the justice system is closely related to their experience with the system and because the great majority of Americans have no reason the distrust the judiciary at any level they assume that justice is, indeed, blind and fair. Since the highest court in the land has the Constitution and legal precedent as its guide, there was a time when few Americans had misgivings about 9 jurists wielding immense power over the government and the people because they were expected to render decisions fairly according to established precedent and the law of the land, the U.S. Constitution.

The current conservative Supreme Court has shown an increasing predilection to brush aside precedent and the Constitution as its guide and rely solely on their affiliation with the Republican Party, the Koch brothers, corporations, and religious fundamentalists for how to decide cases that affect every American.  The conservatives have been so blatant in their service to special interests that Americans have taken notice, and a new poll reveals the people have lost faith in, and are weary of, this conservative Court’s rulings exclusively serving the interests of the Republican Party, Koch brothers and corporations, and Christian Dominionists by a very wide margin. One thing is abundantly clear; Americans no longer trust the conservative Court to follow the Constitution, adhere to precedent, or protect the very democracy they are manifestly dismantling at an alarming rate.

The people’s trust in the Supreme Court began eroding with the appointment of George W. Bush as president despite losing the 2000 general election to Democrat Al Gore, and subsequent rulings have the people demanding sweeping reforms to clear out corrupt conservatives on the Supreme Court. According to results of the survey, the poll discovered that the breaking points were the Court’s 5-4 party-line rulings that ended a century of campaign finance law and skewed the rules in favor of the extremely wealthy and major corporations. Wide majorities were appalled by the landmark Citizens United ruling by an overwhelming margin of 80-18, as well as the more recent McCutcheon decision lifting limits on campaign contributions respondents said would lead to more corruption and much less democracy which was the conservative’s intent in ruling for the Kochs and Republicans.

Amazingly, just when one believed most Americans were comatose and unconcerned that conservatives on the Court were anything but impartial jurists, by a 60-36 spread the people surveyed said Supreme Court justices carried out personal or conservative political agendas rather than working to render a fair and impartial judgment founded on precedent and the Constitution; an opinion, by the way, that cut across party lines. What respondents noted was that despite Chief Justice John Roberts oath before Congress during his confirmation that he had great respect for precedent, once confirmed he immediately embarked on a run of conservative judicial activism favoring the wealthy and undermining affirmative action, castrating voting rights protections, and most recently demolishing the Separation and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment to hand Dominionists what they needed to impose a Christian theocracy. Huge majorities in the poll said that it is long past the time to end Supreme Court justices’ lifetime appointments, proceedings should be video-taped and televised, justices should disclose financial conflicts of interest, and be bound by the same U.S. Judicial Code of Conduct ethics rules as every other judge in America of which they have exempted themselves; with good reason.

The problem for Americans concerned their democracy is being dismantled by conservatives on the High Court is there is absolutely nothing can be done to rein in corruption and put an end to ruling according to the Koch brothers and religious right. Of particular note are Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas who frequent secret policy meetings put on by the Koch brothers who detailed the purpose of the meetings is “to recruit captains of industry to fund the conservative infrastructure of front groups, political campaigns, think tanks, and media outlets” such as Fox News. In fact, the Koch brothers used the presence of alleged ‘impartial jurists’ Scalia and Thomas as fundraising solicitations with memos claimingPast meetings have featured such notable leaders as Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.” According to the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, it is a clear “ethics violation for a judge to lend their name to a political fundraising event,” but since Supreme Court are above following ethical rules governing every other federal judge, Scalia and Thomas pander to the Koch brothers with impunity. Under the Code of Conduct, “a judge should not personally participate in fund-raising activities, solicit funds for any organization, or use or permit the use of the prestige of judicial office for that purpose.” Both Scalia and Thomas attended the Koch’s secret meeting with Citizens United appellants in 2010 and promptly returned to Washington and ruled in their favor as they were directed.

Neither justice thought to recuse themselves from hearing Citizens United and it is a habit Scalia is renowned for. During the Bush administration, Scalia blatantly refused to recuse himself from a suit against then-vice president Dick Cheney even after it was revealed that he and Cheney went on a duck hunting trip together during the pendancy of Cheney’s case.  Scalia also came under ethical fire when he skipped Chief Justice Roberts’ swearing in ceremony to attend a junket to a Ritz-Carlton resort funded by the right-wing libertarian Federalist Society; and Thomas accepted more than $42,000 in free gifts in just six years on the Supreme Court. Add to those abominations Thomas’s wife was a paid activist earning $680,000 working for a conservative think-tank, Heritage Foundation, which is funded by foundations of the Koch brothers. Despite his wife’s highly-paid tenure at Heritage between 2003-2007, Thomas conveniently “forgot” to list her earnings on financial disclosures and no-one as much as blinked.

Even though overwhelming majorities of Americans from both ends of the political spectrum have lost all faith in the nation’s highest court, there is precious little anyone can do to reverse the conservative’s assault on democracy. The only recourse is passing new constitutional amendments specifically reversing decisions like Citizens United, McCutcheon, Voting Rights abolition, or establishing America as a Christian nation, or wait for the malcontents to die. Oh, people can sign petition after petition, write to the Court’s justices, or vent their disgust and anger to their congressional representatives, but they may as well spit directly into gale force winds because they will get the same result; a face full of spit.

However, it is somewhat reassuring that at least the overwhelming majority of Americans comprehend that conservatives on the court are ensconced securely in the Koch brothers and Republican policy machine and it is why corporations are people, elections are for sale, voting rights vanish, and Christian prayer is mandated at government meetings by Supreme Court fiat. Within a month, conservatives on the High Court will hand evangelical extremists the ruling that effectively eviscerates the 14th Amendment and establishes free exercise of religion as a final step toward a Christian theocracy and the bible as the Constitution the conservative court is in the process of ruling unconstitutional.

 

22 Replies to “Americans Are Watching and They No Longer Trust The Conservative Supreme Court”

  1. Between Congress and the Supreme court, you can tell they are bought and paid for by conservatives. I have lost faith in both institutions! They should be impeached for not following the constitution and not working for the people. They work for the few, not the many!

  2. Time for SCOTUS to follow ethics rules as every other judge in America, and also NO MORE LIFETIME APPOINTMENTS and RETIRE AT 72!

  3. Get off your butt and vote We the people deserve a congress that will work for the people.When these evil supremes get struck down by the Lord above,we will need a congress that will work with this president to replace them.

  4. Thank you for the link. As the US steadily drifts towards fascism, with a civil war almost a forgone conclusion, people 100 years from now will be extensively studying the steps it took to get to this point just as we are studying Nazism today. From the Beer Hall Putsch to the conclusion of WWII.

  5. The Roberts Court is extremely predictable in their outcomes. PURE POLITICS the vast majority of the time. And no, corporations are not people and money is not speech.

  6. Hey, guess what? Our Founding Fathers left us with a way to deal with the Fascist Feckless Five Con f*ckwit majority of the Supreme Court—-it’s called impeachment.
    The process is almost the same as impeaching a President—a majority US House vote to impeach, a trial in the US Senate and at least 67 votes needed to remove them. The only difference is, in the case of a President being put on trial, the Chief Justice of the SCOTUS is the “presiding judge”; in the case of the federal judge/SCOTUS justice, the Vice President is the presiding judge.
    Now, if you’re truly tired of the FFFCF majority of the Supreme Court, you need to elect enough Democrats to take over the US House and get enough seats in the US Senate to remove them. This November, the Democrats will have to “flip” at least 20 seats to safely get the majority (but 35 would be better) and they’d need to gain at least a dozen seats in the Senate. It can be done..

  7. The only way we are going to make a difference is to make sure every one get out to vote in 2014.This is the most critical vote in this country right now.Call on every voter from now until election day.Talk about it all summer long.

  8. Yes, there are….I know you Firebaggers are Fascism-suborning sociopaths, plus, your ignorance and cognitive dissonance don’t allow you to recognize your Five Tenets:
    1. Everyone For Themselves
    2. Extreme Fiscal Conservatism
    3. Radical Social Liberalism
    4. Assumption of Risk
    5. Delusions of Grandeur
    The Republican Party agrees with four of the five and “tolerates” you on the other one: radical social liberalism….
    Take your Firebagger snake oil elsewhere to sell…

  9. The only way to take back “Justice for All” is to vote Democrat and clean the House including the Supreme Court Justices. We need to learn to define “legitimate government” as that which enacts the will of the people. By this definition, an elite-controlled government can be viewed by the citizens as “illegitimate. “Illegitimate ALEC Model Bills” can be found at ALECEXPOSED.org In the meantime –
    VOTE: Support: H.Res. 377: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Justices of the United States Supreme Court should make themselves subject to the existing and operative ethics guidelines set out in the Code of Conduct for United States Judges, most of which are already legally binding on them. https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hres377
    PETITION: Impeach the R.A.T.S. Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/impeach-the-rats-roberts-1

  10. The U.S. Supreme Court has become a vehicle for implementing fascism with most of its recent votes on major issues. Their coming down on the side of everyday Americans has become the exception rather than the rule, and it’s disturbing. What’s most dismaying, though, is to see the likes of Justices Thomas and Scalia engaging in activities that would be rightly called conflicts of interest in any other job. While it’s vitally important to vote in every election, there needs to be an enforcement of ethics with these justices, because the Supreme Court of John Roberts is nakedly partisan, and it’s been detrimental to this country.

  11. This should be our battle-cry:
    “Dred Scott turned people into property. Citizens United turned property into people”!

    We need to wake America up!

  12. Granted losing faith in the SCOTUS is obvious. However, what we need to remember as Americans is that DO NOT allow that to keep you home from voting.

    We cannot give up and figure our votes do not count, we have to be out there is droves voting and making sure that all friends, relatives, young and old, make their vote count.

    Do not let the conservatives break our spirit by chipping away at us..absolutely not…we must vote.

  13. It’s important to note that the poll doesn’t say that they think the Court is too conservative, but rather too political. More conservative Americans think that the liberal justices are putting their personal opinions above interpretation of the law; more liberal Americans think the conservative justices are.

    The phrasing in this article is a little unclear, and might leave the reader with the impression that most people think the Court is slanted to the right; actually, it’s that most people think the Court is slanted, but belief what direction that slant is differs.

  14. Exactly why its time to revamp the Court. No more presidential and congressional involvement. Its a purely political body that no longer serves the purpose it was created for

  15. “The only recourse is passing new constitutional amendments”

    This is a total nonsense conclusion to an otherwise reasonably accurate article. There are ten ways to curb a court like the Roberts Court, several have been used effectively in the past. A constitutional amendment is not even one of them because as FDR said: “Even if an amendment were passed, and even if in the years to come it were to be ratified, its meaning would depend upon the kind of Justices who would be sitting on the Supreme Court bench.” It is the least effective and at the same time the most difficult to accomplish. People who advocate an amendment, let alone tell the flat out lie that it is “the only recourse” are diverting energy from court curbing remedies. http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/23327-why-does-massachusetts-governor-support-authority-of-the-supreme-court-to-further-legalize-political-corr

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