"...let’s be clear about what’s happening here. Judges who support this cruel absurdity aren’t stupid; they know what they’re doing. What they are, instead, is corrupt, willing to pervert the law to serve political masters. And what we’ll find out in the months ahead is how deep the corruption goes."
I have been saying since Bush v. Gore that we are in a frightening era never before seen in this country: an era in which a majority of the Supreme Court is corrupt. Not overly ideological, not ignorant of the law, corrupt. A half century and more of Republican Supreme Court packing, dating back to the Nixon-era fight that put the despicable racist Rehnquist on the Court, has resulted in a clear majority of Justices that are committed, not to some sort of imaginary Conservative world view, but simply to taking the opportunity, when it presents itself, to damage our democratic way of government in order to give more and more control of the country to the richest among us.
For a while I have thought of writing an article about the legal opinions of Antonin Scalia, which over time have become less and less a matter of serious analysis of the law and more and more a sort of taunting of the rest of the country with the fact that he can do whatever he wants, regardless of whether it is either legal or just. And yet, despite the fact that even a non-lawyer can find huge irrationalities, and even deliberate misstatements of precedent in many of his decisions, he is still the judicial equivalent of Paul Ryan, with the press holding up his absurd, vicious reasoning as a model of Conservative thought. Well, now is not the time for that* but let us just look at the results:
The overturning of the 2000 Presidential election on an absurd pretense, giving control of the country to an incompetent, corrupt President who destroyed our economy, destroyed our military and left our country an international pariah, while succeeding at only one thing: transferring massive amounts of money from the American people to a minuscule cabal of rich capitalists.
The crafting of a decision, in the Citizens' United case, which defied all logic, and was based on the absolutely insane premise that rich campaign donors would not take advantage of the decision to tilt the political playing field even farther in their own direction.
The decision to essentially do away with all regulation of politics that were based on race, again on a laughable claim that white racists throughout the country would not seize on this as an opportunity to resume a centuries-long campaign of discrimination against minority groups.
And the result of all of this? An out of control, subversive party, which built its base on stoking hatred and greed, which was well on its way to deserved oblivion, has been brought back from the dead, to resume its zombie stalking of the good Americans who still remain.
But of course, we can wait for hell to freeze over before anyone but Krugman has the honesty to say this in the mainstream press. Because ownership of the press was just one more gift given to the rich by Republican rule, so anyone else who tries to tell the truth is silenced. Thank heaven for the internet, so that at least a record will continue to exist that some people in the country knew exactly what was going on, and that it wasn't just a gigantic accident caused by people who couldn't possibly have known what the consequences of this corruption would be. Sad to say, that's just about the best that can be hoped for at this point.
*i.e. I'm too lazy to do it today.