Speaking at the AFL-CIO’s convention yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a sobering speech in which she pointed out exactly how far right and pro-corporate the Roberts Supreme Court has become — and how much worse it will get following their current path. Warren said:
“You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business.”
And she’s absolutely right. Doubt her? Just look at the cold hard facts from the cases they’ve decided this year alone. Time after time, the Roberts Court has unapologetically decided in favor of big business and a corporate agenda.
Sure, they’ve tossed a few bones toward the left — striking down DOMA and ruling that Obamacare is Constitutional being two of the biggest. But when looking at the big picture, one can see that the Roberts Court has been anything but friendly to the middle class or the poor, and has steadfastly extended a helping hand to corporations whenever and wherever possible.
Which makes Senator Warren’s warning about the future of the Court that much more urgent. We’re talking about the highest Court in our nation functioning as a “wholly owned subsidiary of big business,” as Warren put it. What ever happened to functioning as a “wholly owned subsidiary” of the will of the people and the Constitution?
Oh, that’s right. The Court got around that as well by deciding for Citizens United — in another 5-4 decision. Go figure, right?
So now corporations “are” people, and therefore since they’re the “people” with the most money and influence in our country today, they deserve “special treatment.” At least according to the Roberts Court, that is.
So anybody who doubts what Senator Warren is saying needs to take a closer look at the facts, and the actual Court rulings which back up her statement. The Roberts Court has shown no interest in ruling against big business, no matter what the circumstances. And unfortunately, as long as this Court stays together, that looks to be the path they’ll continue to pave whenever the opportunity presents itself.
What’s even more sad is that Senator Warren is one of the very few willing to speak out against something this disastrous for our nation. Much time is spent analyzing and debating the decisions President Obama or Congress make, but little attention is paid by the majority of the American people — or the media — to the Supreme Court and their decisions.
Decisions that have a lasting effect on each and every one of us, and a profound effect on how our nation functions as a whole.
As AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said about Warren, “If we could only clone her.”
Or if more of our elected officials had her level of courage and intelligence, and were willing to lend their voices to making this known and pushing for change, we wouldn’t have to.