"The Democratic party participated in condoning a takeover of the Supreme Court, or a near takeover, by a fascist organization called the Federalist Society! That fascist organization is built around the ideas of Carl Schmitt, the man who designed the Hitler dictatorship! Are they Nazis? Of course they're Nazis."
"This vision of Corporations Ubber Alles was first advanced by Milton Friedman in the "50's. More recently, the ultra-reactionary Grove Norquist, demanded that government be shrunk down to the size that it could be drowned in the bathtub. The open corporate goal is a totally privatized society, in tandem with the absolute dispossession of the public as an entity having any legal standing whatsoever. These ideologues argue that every single thing in society should be controlled by corporations and offered to people at a price."
"I hope we shall... crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country."
Thomas Jefferson, 1816
To understand the court"s 5-4 decision giving all power and freedom to corporate money, we need to understand the philosophy of the Federalist society and the mentality of the money-as-speech Supreme Court Justices. In the words of the Federalist society:
"The Harvard Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students who believe in three main principles.
1. The state exists to preserve freedom
2. The separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution
3. The province and duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what it should be."
Contrary to the above, in the view of five justices, the state apparently exists to preserve freedom for corporations, and not for the great majority of citizens.
Clearly, the Federalist Society's majority-bench has just proclaimed what the law should be despite 100 years of precedent against their decision, and the fact they supposedly revile "judicial activists." In addition, they say they also believe in "limited government" so that must explain why they just gave it away. In effect, now there is no government, only corporations and democracy is privatized out of the hands of the public.
Hypocrisy is too kind a word for these judges who have put the final nail in the coffin of our once, fairly effective, democracy.
Can't say we weren't warned. The dangers of the Supreme Court and its powers were well outlined by the Anti-Federalists at the Constitutional Convention and during the early years of our government. Unfortunately, the Anti-Federalists papers are largely unknown and unread, even among those familiar with the Federalist papers of Alexander Hamilton.
In the Anti-Federalist tract, Brutus, in 1788, warned of the dangers of the perverse powers of the Supreme Court:
"The judges in England are under the control of the legislature for they are bound to determine according to the laws passed by them. But the judges under this (US) constitution will control the legislature, for the Supreme Court are authorized in the last resort, to determine what is the extent of the powers of the congress; they are to give the constitution an explanation, and there is no power above them to set aside their judgment... In short, they are independent of the people, of the legislature, and of every power under heaven."
(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).