Paul Craig Roberts on the Death of the Constitution
Alex Jones from the Alex Jones Show, talks with columnist and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration, Paul Craig Roberts.
Watch the latest film from The Story of Stuff Project – The Story of Citizens United vs. The FEC – and educational animation about the Supreme Court and its awful decision to treat corporations as people, and what it means for our fragile democracy.
Wes Benedict, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party, issued the following statement today:
“Elena Kagan is another bad pick for the Supreme Court. If confirmed, it is likely that she will vote on cases with the intent of advancing political policy goals. Kagan will probably vote to advance liberal policy goals, just as some other justices vote to advance conservative policy goals. That is not the place of justices, who should be applying the Constitution, not trying to rewrite it to make society work better according to their views.
“However, the bitter battles over Supreme Court justices expose a more serious problem in our federal government: the legislative and executive branches simply refuse to take the Constitution seriously.
“Once upon a time, Congress felt it had a duty to legislate in accordance with the Constitution. Likewise, past presidents believed that they should veto laws that were not clearly constitutional. But in more recent years, both branches have thrown this crucial duty away. Now their attitude seems to be, ‘We can pass anything we want to, and let the Supreme Court deal with it if they don’t like it.’ That was absolutely not what the American Founders had in mind.
“We shouldn’t have to worry so much about who gets appointed to the Supreme Court. It shouldn’t be the case that a single justice can make all of American society lurch from one direction to another. They shouldn’t have that much power.
“Republicans who want to throw stones at Kagan, ought to ask themselves why they supported the Bush Administration’s blatantly unconstitutional Patriot Act, or why they supported huge expansions of the blatantly unconstitutional Medicare program. When they were in power, they showed absolutely no respect for the Constitution.
“I wish that President Obama had picked a nominee with more regard for the original intent of the Constitution. But even more than that, I wish that he and the members of Congress would stop shirking their responsibility to apply the Constitution themselves.”
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From the fine folks at Alliance for Justice:
Yesterday, the White House confirmed that President Obama will not announce a Supreme Court nominee this week. That means you have at least a week to learn more about the potential nominees and what’s at stake with this vacancy.
We have developed brief background reports on the most likely nominees, which are available on our new Supreme Court Watch web page.
The Alliance for Justice has fact sheets on the following potential Supreme Court nominees:
- Merrick B. Garland
- Jennifer Granholm
- Elena Kagan
- Pamela S. Karlan
- Harold Hongju Koh
- Martha Minow
- Carlos Moreno
- Janet Napolitano
- Leah Ward Sears
- Sidney Runyan Thomas
- Elizabeth Warren
- Ann Claire Williams
- Diane Wood
The stakes are high in the appointment of a new justice to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. Our recently released report, “Unprecedented Injustice: The Political Agenda of the Roberts Court” shows a frighteningly clear pattern: the current court has repeatedly gone out of its way to place corporate interests first and
the rights of individuals second. Precedents and long-held principles have been disregarded, frequently in 5-4 votes, revealing a drastic rightward, pro-corporate tilt.
That’s why it’s so important for the next justice to be someone willing and able to persuasively articulate and unhesitatingly defend our individual rights and liberties. Whether the razor thin conservative majority can occasionally be broken is an open question, but given the record of this Court,a full-throated defense of core constitutional values is needed now, more than ever.
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