Supreme Court Legitimacy at stake on Citizens United RulingSubmitted by Amerianne on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 22:58
The corporate conservative majority on the Supreme Court was at it again today (06-25-12). By its customary 5 to 4 vote, the court threw out a Montana law that had been on the books since 1912, banning corporate spending on elections. Naturally, the court’s conservatives believe their judgment in the Citizens United case is so much more refined and intelligent than the judgment of the good people of Montana.
Some observers, such as Akhil Reed Amar, a leading legal scholar who has devoted his career to a close read of the Constitution, have said that their life’s work would be called into question if the court strikes down the law. Commenting to Ezra Klein at The Washington Post about the impending ruling, Amar said “if they decide it by 5-4, then yes, it’s disheartening to me, because my life was a fraud.” It shows, he said that the law doesn’t really matter. “What mattered,” Amar said, “was politics, money, party and party loyalty.”
The Supreme Court had a perfect chance today to clean up the corrupt mess created by their lawless Citizens United decision. Instead, they just shrugged.
Progressives in Montana rejoiced when the state's attorney general and state Supreme Court pushed to uphold its century-old ban on corporate money in state elections, but today the United States Supreme Court struck it down anyway.
This decision proves one thing: The Supreme Court is broken. The Court has adopted a purely corporate agenda, one that has already wreaked havoc on our elections and will lead to inevitable scandal -- and continued Washington hostility to the middle class and the poor.