Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 2 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit 1 Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend (3 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   2 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

"Yes Justice Kennedy, We The People See The Corruption"

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 2/23/12

Associate Justice, Anthony Kennedy

Today, I attended a protest rally outside the Supreme Court. It wasn't a huge rally by any stretch of the imagination (less than 300 people), but there was considerable media taking video and recording the remarks of the organizers, "Common Cause" and the "Coffee Party".

The protest was centered on the Court's "Citizens United" ruling in 2010 and the need for it to be overturned.

One of the protest signs was clearly aimed at Justice Anthony Kennedy which read," Yes Justice Kennedy, we the people see the corruption". That was in direct reference to Kennedy's assertion, as the writer who wrote the majority opinion in "Citizens", "the Court now concludes that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption"and the appearance of influence or access will not cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy".

The last speaker at the rally concluded (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Kennedy must now see the fallacy of what he wrote and must realize in light of the huge independent expenditures we have seen already in the Republican presidential primary campaign and later in the election campaign, does give rise to corruption or the appearance of it and does cause the electorate to lose faith in this democracy".

Now this writer is quite aware that many people on the left consider this Court, particularly the five right wing ideologues, including Kennedy, are beyond redemption and their ruling in "Citizens" fits perfectly with their corporatist favoritism and will continue to support big money's access into the electoral process.

But this protest group appeared to have faith that Kennedy, at least, would reflect and reconsider the words he penned in the majority's opinion and conclude he was in error.

Admittedly, that's a whole lot of faith. But unless Kennedy has resided in a cave these past two years and had no access to newspapers or the media of any kind, HE would surely conclude these huge expenditures in the Congressional campaigns two years ago and this years Republican presidential primary campaigns DO give rise to corruption or the appearance of influence or access WILL cause people to lose faith in this democracy.

Justice's Ginsburg and Breyer have alluded as much (in light of the Montana Supreme Court's upholding a 1912 law banning corporate funds in State elections, which Justice Kennedy has stayed) and called for the full Court to reconsider their ruling on "Citizens".

Reconsideration of "Citizens" seems clearly in Kennedy's "court" (excuse the pun). Now whether he has the moral fortitude to honestly reflect on the words he penned in "Citizens", remains to be seen. We should know his answer to that very question in not too distant future.

 

dglefc22733@aol.com

Retired. The author of "DECEIT AND EXCESS IN AMERICA, HOW THE MONEYED INTERESTS HAVE STOLEN AMERICA AND HOW WE CAN GET IT BACK", Authorhouse, 2009

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

An Ominous Foreboding, Israel vs Iran

The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World

A Nuclear War Would Be Insane

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Get Poorer, While the Middle Class Gets Decimated

Iran Offers 9 Point Plan to end Nuclear Crisis, U.S. "No thanks".

The Danger of an Israeli Attack on Iran

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Kennedy is not stupid enough to believe what he wr... by Robert James on Friday, Feb 24, 2012 at 11:29:48 AM
But maybe, just maybe, he does not want to be quot... by BFalcon on Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 at 10:27:03 PM