Politicians in judicial robes: the Lawless US Supreme Court

There has never been a more corrupt, pandering, and vile court in the history of the USA before the tragedy of the Roberts Court that is guilty of more crimes against humanity than any other tyranny.  The US Supreme Court deserves nothing less and nothing more than to be held in total contempt not only by the people of the USA but by the world for its support of torture, cruelty, corporate fraud and idiocy.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin (“Niño” or Nino) Scalia had cast-off any semblance of objectivity and partisanship.  He openly admits to siding with the ultra-conservative right-wing of the Republican Party, when he bellied up to Arizona on the racist infamous “where are your papers” law against Latinos and Latinas in the Court’s draconian decision on Arizona immigration law (SB 1070).  While the decision did increase, proportionately, the powers of the Federal government, Scalia’s brief argued for the superiority of state law over federal  law—siding with Arizona and its wealth who contribute heavily to his “funds” and is the heralded darling of the Koch Brothers’ and their labor to dismantle the Constitution of the USA and dissolve the rights of all workers.  This is done with Scalia and Clarence Thomas’ deliberate misreading the Commerce (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, read here) and Establishment clauses in the Constitution in their elevation of corporations as people (Citizens United v. FEC read here and here).

Silent, sedentary and stolid with the least keen intellect of anyone who has ever sat on the bench of the highest court in the land, Clarence Thomas’ vote was assured once conservative billionaires paid his most recent wife, Virginia (who has studied law but ignores the fine points concerning harassment and aspersions bordering on libel), over $700,000 that Thomas conveniently forgot to include in his federal IRS tax return (read here and here).  Various indiscretions have called for Thomas’ impeachment, the Virginiagate (that had upset many conservatives) proving to be a major obstacle in most minds that anyone could get a fair hearing in front of  Thomas, with most seeing the US Supreme Court as the arm of corporate America.

Both Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas have flaunted their ties to conservative activist organizations. Virginia Thomas, the justice’s wife, works as a conservative activist and fundraiser. Both hold the US Constitution in open contempt.  Both reactionaries reject all past Supreme Court rulings that do not fit the political agenda of the Koch Brothers who amply award their lap-dogs special treats after rulings in their favor, and deny justice to those abused or tortured with Clarence Thomas claiming a prisoner who was slammed to a concrete floor and punched and kicked by a guard after asking for a grievance form — but suffered neither serious nor permanent harm — has no claim that his constitutional rights were violated.

Manhattan Institute honors Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for his attack on labor unions, women’s right of choice, and minorities 2012

The pretense that Justices Scalia, Roberts, and Thomas are neutral has regularly, consistently, and patently been disproved, especially when Scalia and Thomas attended a secret conservative meeting of fascist-tilting Think Tanks and expressed outrage at laws aimed to assist the middle class and paid Thomas’ wife hundreds of thousands of dollars. With Samuel Alito, another ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice of modest intellectual ability, Thomas attended and Alioto spoke at political fundraisers for Koch-backed politicians where guests were required to pay $5000 to attend. 

Georgia Pacific (Koch Industries) polluting fresh water ways 2012

In 2008, Justice Thomas headlined the Manhattan Institute’s Wriston Lecture.  Last October, Justice Alito was the headline speaker for the same event.  Both spoke of profits; neither mentioned the cost to the planet or to the workers as many jobs were already outsourced and working families had lost their homes to big banks attending the secret meetings while Koch Industries continued their pollution the air, water, and lands of the USA.

Georgia Pacific polluting Coffee Creek river AR (Koch Industries)

Georgia Pacific polluting Coffee Creek river AR (Koch Industries)

The Manhattan Institute, funded by major corporations like CIGNA (a health insurance company with no interest in patient rights), Koch Industries (the biggest polluter as with Coffee Creek, AR that takes the brunt of solid waste from the Georgia-Pacific plant) and ExxonMobil and Chevron, petroleum companies (Chevron named an oil tanker after Condoleezza Rice who sat on its Board of Directors and plotted to push a pipeline through Afghanistan even though she knew such action would involve the USA in a war for oil, but prepared for it by planning military action in Iraq based on the lie of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) that would enhance profits for Halliburton and its CEO Vice President Dick Cheney.  Bush knew there were no WMDs, but saw the invasion of a nation whose leader, Saddam Hussein, was installed by Donald Rumsfeld (video) at the order of Ronald Reagan.

Chevron’s oil tanker: The Condoleezza Rice

Today Rice is headlining fundraisers for Mitt Romney and still working for an international war that was not realized with the wrongful invasion of Iraq, as she has always been a hawk for war (the CIA had warned her about 9/11 and al-Qaeda’s attack, and she said and did nothing).  Noting its profits regardless of the cost of human life, Rice delights in human carnage and suffering if profits role into her conservative colleagues coffer or into her pocket when paid for vitriolic, horrible, harridan speeches).  Although Rice boasts a doctorate in Soviet Union studies (eleven years after it ceased to exist) she has never been in tune with reality and ignored every single Islamic movement, assuring Chevron and other Big Oil that Bush would conquer and, with Halliburton, reap unthinkable revenues as it raped the Middle Eastern nations of their natural resources returning only pennies on the dollar, in keeping the theology of the Koch Brothers and other billionaire barons.  There is insurmountable evidence that Rice is guilty of numerous crimes against humanity and must be held accountable, tried, and when convicted, executed (read here, view here).  She approved tortures used at Abu Gharib prison and instructed interrogators to use them. 

US female soldiers torturing Iraqi at Abu Gharib prison

Her crimes are no less odious and evil than those of the women guards at Nazi death camps and American female soldiers who pulled out eyes, finger nails, and humiliated Iraqi civilians at Abu Gharib prison (tortures that she approved of when informed of them and waterboarding by Professor John Yoo of UC Berkeley and advisor to George W. Bush), and in most cases far more blood-thirsty. 

US soldiers forcing mothers to watch US military torture their sons at Abu Gharib prison in Iraq

Rice had the whispered backing of Antonin Scalia (who was appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 to the Supreme court) and the other hate mongers and hawks on the US Supreme Court who squelched the voters choice and installed the village idiot, George W. Bush, as president of the USA (barring a recount in Florida) beginning the downfall of the people’s confidence in the Supreme Court of the USA (the Florida court ruled for Gore, and Bush appealed to his friends on the US Supreme Court to overturn the Florida’s court).

Scalia began “teaching” Republicans and Tea Party legislators, at the bequest and expense of Koch Industries that are polluting fresh water reservoirs and the atmosphere, how to reinterpret the Constitution so that they could give corporations more power and attack the rights of the poor and middle class. Scalia has gone so far as to go on record to argue that the 14th amendment does not make women equal to men and that women have no equal rights under the US constitution.  This pleased woman-stagnifying Phyllis Schlafly.

Equal Rights Amendment introduced 1923

Phyllis McAlpine Stewart Schafly (born 1924) had made a lucrative career out of fighting against equal rights for women since her days at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She crusades against federal money going to education (claiming it does not “create jobs”), was highly critical of arms-agreements with the then Soviet Union, and other ultra-conservative causes to increase the wealth of a few.

Phyllis Schlafly

Antonin Scalia claimed that women just had the right to vote.  His astonishing comment brought vocal celebration by the Phyllis Schlafly and her Eagle Forum; Schlafly.  Schlafly, an attorney, argues that a woman’s place is in the home–for all women except herself.  She has campaigned not only to stop the Equal Rights Amendment (first introduced in 1923), to take “secularism” out of public schools, and to “restore” the USA to its original intent [sic] of being a “Christian nation” (that would later be repeated by former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  The USA was never founded as a Christian nation–although a few communities were established as theocracy, as under the Mathers (read here and here).  Two of the men (there were no women at the Continental Congress in any capacity) who signed the Declaration were deists, there were a few Roman Catholics and the rest nonjudgmental Protestants: Unitarians, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Quakers and Anglicans. None proclaimed, wrote, or said, as did O’Connor and Schlafly, that they were forming a “Christian nation”; on the contrary, the goal was to establish a Republic with equal justice for all white, landowning males.

Phyllis Schlafly in 2011 (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Now, eighty-eight years old, Phyllis Schlafly continues to distort and destroy history in feigned aspiration of protecting the nation she would transmogrify into a police state.  Her son, Andrew, has already established his Conservapedia on the web to issue “conservative alternatives” to established facts and entrench the false idea that Christianity in particular, and religion in general, played a positive role in the shaping of the USA; it is tantamount to telling that Billy Graham is the original Elmer Gantry in fiction.

Reagan and G.H.W. Bush

At the Koch Industries secret meeting, one of the seminars dealt with enriching the wealthy and pacifying the poor with buzz-words and catch-phrases with several prominent billionaires chortling that the “poor are so stupid that they believed [billionaire] Ross Perot’s win of the White House would see a trickle-down of his wealth into their pocketbooks”—the trickle down theory argued by the disgraceful presidency of President Ronald Reagan (read here  and here and here) and his voodoo economics (read here and here), as initially detailed by his future Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush.  There was no mention of a middle class at the conservative-minded Koch event; just the wealthy and the poor.  

 Antonin Scalia speaking to a group of wealthy conservatives (February 2012)

Scalia, a member of the odious opportunistic Opus Dei theological terrorist organization created by Roman Catholic priest and self-flagalating Jose Maria Escrivá of Spain that claims that it will reconstitute the USA into a theocracy, pontificates that his interpretation is based on the misogynism of the Bible, especially in the gyneophobic writings of the legendary St. Paul—a comment heralded by Representative Michelle Bachmann (R-MN; read here and watch here).  Scalia is more than theocrat, and is controlled by the Vatican, but more over he is determined to shovel civilization back to the days of Torquemada and the Inquisition.  What is easily and quickly noted is Scalia’s decisions are based for the most part on the testament The Way written by the psychotic Escrivá: bowing to the decrees and regulations set off by “a higher power” (corporations), following directives set down by those considered to be superior, and maintaining a near-caste-like grouping, with those whose election to a heaven is demonstrated by the amassment of wealth and position (cp. Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth, June 1889).  For centuries the Roman Catholic Church defended its enormous wealth as a sign of its stewardship on earth, promising that the wealth was to help all people. Councils were called, synods held, and those who objected to the wealth of bishops, cardinals and popes were sent to the Holy Fires of the Inquisition, so graphically pictured by Umberto Ecco in his Name of the Rose; compare this to the preacher Todd Coontz and his Gospel of Wealth and Election.  Most evangelicals who praise wealth support the Tea Party and the Republican candidates for office, finding in their participation a key to salvation (Coontz declares “your seed is your hook” into heaven).  Coontz is matched by Houston mega-pastor Joel Olsteen who promises that the faithful who give generously will gather generously and can “expect God’s favor” in financial returns. One look at the lavish buildings owned by Opus Dei in New York City and Rome, there is no doubt about the “message of millionaires” of Jesus. Escrivá was able to buy his seat in heaven, and with a compliant pope (John Paul II) did not have long to wait to be entered into the Book of Saints as Opus Dei sent out its claws into schools and communities to bring those “hungering for salvation” into its nummaries and assorted odd cells.

Cheney (L) and Scalia (R)

Antonin Scalia’s betrayal of the US Constitution and appropriate judicial behavior is legendary: from the days he went hunting with then Vice President Dick Cheney just before the case went to the US Supreme Court and who, unhesitantly, ruled in favor of Cheney when he agreed with the former CEO of Halliburton Industries that Cheney was “beyond the law’s reach” in Walker v. Cheney (read here and here and here and here  and  here and  here).

John Roberts, the Chief Justice of the despicable US Supreme Court is not only a crook and liar, but one of the most tainted and corrupt justices in USA history, being second to lies only by Associate Justice Samuel Alioto.  Both psychotic sycophants, Roberts and Alito would pay such obeisance to the doctrine of stare decisis (Latin for “to stand by things [that have been settled)” that is, by dictionary definition: the doctrine that rules or principles of law on which a court rested a previous decision are authoritative in all future cases in which the facts are substantially the same, which Alito declared “a fundamental part of our legal system” when being interviewed by the Judicial committee before he was elevated to the Supreme Court. This principle, he explained, “limits the power of the judiciary” and “reflects the view that courts should respect the judgments and the wisdom that are embodied in prior judicial decisions” in order to get themselves confirmed.  Since their confirmations they have been legislating law with out majority consensus—the vast number of “overturns” of past court rulings have been handed down by simple majorities of 5-4, with Kennedy the swing vote. 

Justice David Souter

Justice David Souter openly declared that Roberts and his ilk were working to overturn the Constitution of the USA create a plutocracy.  Souter was chosen, originally, for his New England conservatism.  In time, Souter showed himself to be more compassionate with the people. Souter accused Roberts of “violating the Courts own procedures to engineer the result[s] he wanted.” 

Chief Justice Roberts (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Roberts publicly stated that not only does he want to take down the Great Society of LBJ but also void FDR’s New Deal and all social programs, returning the USA to the bankrupt Gilded Ages of the nineteenth century when corporations ruled, controlling Congress, initiating legislation, and controlling the courts that they heavily financed for trips, homes, and entertainment.  It was during the Gilded Age in the USA when corporations controlled the courts that venomous Supreme Court ruled in 1886 that the 14th Amendment protected businesses and corporations from lawsuits. 

Lochner with wife, son, and three female employees

In 1905, the slithering soldiers of Big Business ruled in Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company118 U.S. 394 and Milwaukee v. Koeffler – 116 U.S. 2219 and Milwaukee v. Koeffler – 116 U.S. 219 that corporations had greater rights than their workers or people.  In Lochner v. New York 198 U.S. 45, 25 S. Ct. 539, 49 L. Ed. 937) the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) struck down in 1905 a New York law limiting bakery workers to a six-day 60-hour week (read a summary here), declaring that such regulations to be a breach of contract rights, an “unreasonable, unnecessary and arbitrary interference with the right of the individual to his personal liberty or to enter into those contracts in relation to labor which may seem to him appropriate or necessary for the support of himself and his family.”

According to all recognized legal scholars, Stare decisis the bedrock principle of the rule of law applies universally, not only does it promote stability and encourage judges to decide cases based on principle rather than on a preference for one or another of the parties before them.  Furthermore, the bar association has argued that Stare decisis also serves to reduce the politicization of the Court. That point is what frightens and offends the Roberts conservative colleagues as it moderates ideological swings and preserves both the appearance and the reality that the Supreme Court is truly a legal rather than a political institution.

Lt. John Pike of University of California Davis pepper sprays mace into eyes of demonstrators

Lt. John Pike of UC Davis pepper sprays mace into eyes of demonstrators

There is no true justice in the USA.  Democracy in the USA is a bad joke.  There is no freedom, as shown at the University of California at Davis Occupy Wall Street (OWS) sit-in when uniformed thugs shot lethal pepper-spay into the mouths and eyes of protesters and kicked a late-term pregnant woman in the uterus, led by the lethal Lt. John Pike of UC Davis who pepper sprayed peaceful student protesters who were sitting on the ground on protesting peacefully. This qualifies as a crime against humanity and Pike should be imprisoned for life. What little comes from state courts and reinforced by federal appellate courts have been quickly overturned by the most corrupt justices in the history of the USA at the Supreme Court level with an untempered record of anti-civil rights and opposed to all human rights. 

Personhood and corporations in Mississippi

Among the most graphic examples of court corruption is the case of “personhood” of corporations (and later, as in Mississippi, of fertilized eggs in the uterus or vagina) ruled by the Roberts court in defiance of over 200 years of legislation and court ruling (read here and read) with a draconian attack on the State of Montana’s that had throughout its history rejected corporate interference in state elections (read here  and here).

Samuel Alito disagrees during President’s speech

Samuel Alioto’s ties with Big Oil (especially Shell and Chevron) and Big Agribusiness has made him a defender of both and he consistently argues that corporations should not be faced with liability claims even if they pollute the planet, use forced-labor, or deny basic human rights like other people.  Alioto claims that the personhood of corporations applies only to their unlimited donations to control elections and buy judges and “justice”.  In every other case, corporations are to be exempt.

Protests against Kiobel and Shell for expoding gas

In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, a case that began in the Ogoni region of the Niger Delta and brought by bout a dozen Nigerians who contended that Shell Oil’s parent company aided and abetted the Nigerian government in its violent suppression of environmental and human rights protesters resisting Shell’s operations there in the 1990s. Alito sided with the corporation against those raped, tortured, and abused.  The Conservative Five politicians in judicial robes sitting on the bench of the US Supreme Court’s ruling now is taken as a measurement in cases brought against Exxon, Firestone and Rio Tinto for similar alleged atrocities.

The majority of the citizens of the USA justifiably hold the US Supreme Court in contempt and see nothing of value coming from it (read here and here and here and here).  It is widely believed by most citizens of the USA that justice like law and legislation is or sale to the highest bidder with the Koch Brothers pulling all strings on the marionette of the USA. This opinion matches the view of other nations that view the USA as an imperialist nation equal to the Third Reich that assumes it has the authority to try anyone anywhere for any crime that its courts judges  has been committed (read here and for the greatest pretense of the court system read here).  

US Supreme Court justices and what corporations own them

It is commonly understood that in the decaying USA, justice can be bought as the justices sitting on the US Supreme Court are open to bribes, regularly accept “gifts” from major donors, such as the Koch Brothers, and industries such as GE, ExxonMobile, McDonald’s, Chevron, Bank of America and others that are outsourcing jobs and destroying what use to be the American way of life and the American dream that is no longer possible.  By June 7, 2012, the Roberts Supreme Court approval was barely 44% and racism (read here and here and here) in the USA was at all-time high in every state of the Union including in college towns such as Ames, Iowa (read here and here; Iowa ranks as the most racist state in the northern tier of states), Boulder, Colorado which is ranked as the most racist state in the west, and especially in Chicago and Massachusetts (especially under Governor Mitt Romney who publicly criticized the legislature’s unanimous passage of a minimum wage for lacking cost-of-living indexing; Romney argued that workers only deserve a quarter an hour raise, a claim he repeated in March 2012)—not just in the rural areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and other impoverished areas that live in home of a better life to come.  This comes along with statistics showing that 98% of all USA citizens have no idea of who is sitting on the Supreme Court—they only know the adverse effects of Supreme Court rulings (read here and here  and  here).

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One response to “Politicians in judicial robes: the Lawless US Supreme Court

  1. Jim Thompson

    This article is stunning in its depth and documentation. I am made dizzy by its complexity and am forced to reread it due to blinding outrage. Know that I am sharing it to social media.

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