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The Corporate Supreme Court; Time For Impeachment

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Conservative Justice Rehnquist's dissent contained these words--so
totally rejected by the present-day usurpers: "Extension of the
individual freedom of conscience decisions to business corporations
strains the rationale of those cases beyond the breaking point. To
ascribe to such artificial entities an "intellect" or "mind" for freedom
of conscience purposes is to confuse metaphor with reality."

It was left to another conservative jurist, the late Justice Byron
White, dissenting in the corporatist decision First Nat'l Bank v.
Bellotti (1978) to recognize the essential principle.

Corporations, Justice White wrote, are "in a position to control vast
amounts of economic power which may, if not regulated, dominate not only
the economy but also the very heart of our democracy, the electoral
process." The state, he continued, has a compelling interest in
"preventing institutions which have been permitted to amass wealth as a
result of special advantages extended by the State for certain economic
purposes from using that wealth to acquire an unfair advantage in the
political process". The state need not permit its own creation to
consume it." (emphasis added)

Never have I urged impeachment of Supreme Court justices. I do so now,
for the sake of ending the Supreme Court's corporate-judicial
dictatorship that is not accountable under our system of checks and
balance in any other way.

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