District of Corruption
There are times like this when I wonder if mainstream conservatives are capable of learning anything from experience.
Every four years, mainstream conservatives are told that they have to vote for Republican candidates in order to change the composition of the Supreme Court so that, for example, the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion will be overturned.
In just the last few years, the Republican-controlled Supreme Court has chosen to use its majority to gut Arizona’s immigration law in Arizona v. United States, decline to review the decisions of lower courts which gutted Alabama’s immigration law in Alabama v. United States, punt again on affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas, preserve the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, gut the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, and finally to dismiss California’s appeal on Proposition 8, which opened the floodgates to all these challenges to state gay marriage bans in Hollingsworth v. Perry.
Guess what? There’s one area where the Roberts Court has brought home the bacon for the Republican Party: the Citizens United decision in 2010, which removed limits on corporate spending in elections, and now the McCutcheon decision, which has removed the limits on the amount of money that oligarchs like Sheldon Adelson can spend to influence elections and corrupt political candidates:
“WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court took another step Wednesday toward giving wealthy donors more freedom to influence federal elections.
The justices ruled 5-4, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, that limits on the total amount of money donors can give to all candidates, committees and political parties are unconstitutional. The decision frees the nation’s wealthiest donors to have greater influence in federal elections. …”
Don’t be fooled again.
The Republican Party exists for the sole purpose of catering to its wealthy donors. The Roberts Supreme Court can’t even be trusted to protect our borders or “conserve” the traditional definition of Christian marriage. Now that US federal elections are openly an arena for multibillionaires like Sheldon Adelson, the idea that we can “reform” the system by voting is more far fetched than ever before.