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Posted 1 year ago on June 26, 2013, 7:29 a.m. EST by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR
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“Our country has changed,” Chief (1%-GOP) Justice Roberts ~ Class War on the Democracy Front

Jun 25, 2013 | WWW.Randirhodes.com

No Shame

Today the Supreme Court struck the heart out of the Voting Rights Act ( http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/supreme-court-ruling.html?_r=0 ). The only voting right that this Supreme Court recognizes it the right of big corporations to vote with their money. The Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act that singles out certain areas that have a history of discrimination. Getting rid of Section 4 is like denying that history. Yes, they passed a law against voter discrimination and concentrated on areas where that happened. Hello! If you pass a law against speeding, you should probably concentrate enforcement on the areas with roads. The history of racial discrimination in the South was one of the main reasons that we needed the Voting Rights Act. Singling out the areas where the problems were the worst was common sense.

Today the Supreme Court ruled that common sense no longer applies. The Court said that Congress can impose new oversight on areas that are at risk, based on new data. But John Roberts knows full well that Congress can't do anything. Congress is frozen by extremist members from totally gerrymandered districts. Today's Congress is not the solution to voter discrimination-today's Congress is the result of voter discrimination. There are still provisions in the Voting Rights Act that can be used to safeguard voting rights. Conservatives are taking away voting rights the same way they're taking away reproductive rights-gradually. This is not the end of voting rights, but if we don't fight back, it's the beginning of the end.

Voting Rights Act ruling: Here’s what you need to know

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/25/voting-rights-act-ruling-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

This Study Said the South Is More Racist Than the North

But that didn't seem to matter on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/south-more-racist-north

4 Recent Supreme Court Rulings Show Which Way the Wind Is Blowing: Corporations Are Getting Whatever They Want

Corporate America is winning and changing the way future judges can rule.

June 24, 2013 |

They are not the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated rulings on same-sex marriage, voting rights and affirmative action, but the last week has seen a string of alarming decisions that strengthen the corporate assault on ordinary Americans, primarily by restricting American’s access to jury trials or making it harder to win in court. Consider these four recent Supreme Court decisions where the Court’s right-wing majority is denying justice or raising legal standards of proof to prevail. These cases underscore how federal court rulings—not just big money in campaigns and lobbying—are part of corporate America’s playbook.

1.) Arbitration yes, trial by jury no! In American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the Court majority held that signing a contract with an arbitration agreement precludes the right to a jury trial. This case involved a restaurant chain that didn’t want to pay American Express’ high fees for a services it didn’t use, but had signed a contract. The Court took AmEx’s side, saying a "bad" contract is still a contract, pushing more individuals and small businesses outside the legal system. That ongoing trend favors corporate power, as individuals and small businesses lose access to lawsuits.

2.) Generic drug takers can’t sue? In this complex case decided Monday, the Court ruled that if you are taking a generic medication lacking warning labels and you have a bad reaction, you can’t sue the generic drug maker. “If you were prescribed the brand-name drug’s generic copy—which public policy has favored for three decades—your suit against the generic manufacturer is kaput. Got that?” wrote Brian Wolfman, on Public Citizen’s Consumer Law and Policy blog. “Another loss for injured consumers' access to the courts.”

3.) Co-worker harassment—forget suing! In an employment case also decided Monday, the Court’s right-wing majority held that an employee cannot sue her employer if she's harassed at work by a co-worker. Instead, she can only sue the employer if the hostility is created by a supervisor—which is not the same as a bossy and harassing colleague.

“Until today, our decisions have assumed that employees who direct subordinates’ daily work are supervisors,” wrote Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a dissent that was signed by three other more moderate justices. “This realignment will leave many harassment victims without an effective remedy.”

4.) Racial harassment at work—prove it! In another workplace retaliation case decided Monday, an Arabic doctor who claimed that his new supervisor at a Texas medical center was racially prejudiced and forced him to quit, saw his civil rights lawsuit sent back to a lower court with new and tougher instructions for proving racial discrimination.

That fact that the new supervisor was heard saying, “Middle Easterners are lazy,” among other things, was not specific enough to allow the Arabic doctor to sue and win in lower federal court. Instead, the Court’s conservative majority said the physician had to prove his claim more specifically.

The Court’s minority, led by Ginsburg, wrote that real life isn’t always so specific.

“This point, lost on the Court, was not lost on Congress. When Title VII was enacted, Congress considered and rejected an amendment that would have placed the word “solely” before “because of [the complainant’s] race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” …Senator Case, a prime sponsor of Title VII, commented that a “sole cause” standard would render the Act “totally nugatory.” Life does not shape up that way, the Senator suggested, comment¬ing “[i]f anyone ever had an action that was motivated by a single cause, he is a different kind of animal from any I know of.”

Not Just Pro-Business Decisions

These decisions are not merely big days for "big business" at the nation’s highest court. Corporate America is winning not just on the particulars of individual disputes, but also by changing the rules in ways that limits an individual's access to courts to seek justice, and by making it harder to win by raising the standard of proof.

The other big ruling on Monday saw this same pattern. In a Texas university admissions affirmative action case, the Court’s right-wing majority not only sent the lawsuit back for a new trial, but also toughened the legal threshold that will evaluate whether race is a legitimate factor in university admissions.

Corporate America’s power and influence doesn’t just come from big-money campaign donations and lobbying campaigns. It also flows through the federal judiciary, which is why the U.S. Senate’s Republicans have prevented most of the White House’s judicial nominees from being seated—even though Obama’s nominees are predominantly centrist.

Take a look at Justice Ginsburg’s forceful dissents in most of these cases. They show what a far more reasonable judiciary could be like if there were more judges with civil rights backgrounds. But especially with the Supreme Court's 5-4 right-wing majority on a great many cases, the assault by big business and large corporations on ordinary people continues.

http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/us-supreme-court-furthers-corporate-assault-america

Steven Rosenfeld covers democracy issues for AlterNet and is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).

Yet another in a long litany of glaring, hair on fire and, now, basic civil rights differences and results between the lesser evil choice of Dems and greater evil Cons and being fooled into not voting, letting Cons steal elections, start for-profit wars, deregulate Banksters and "Job Creators" and appoint RW zealot Justices. You better bookmark this newbies and samers, you know how easily bamboozled and forgetful you are come Voting time. See, Elections DO have Consequences. R.I.P. Voters Rights Act.

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[-] 5 points by shooz (18022) 1 year ago

ALEC comes home to roost in SCOTUS.

Lest you've forgotten the founders words.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GBAsFwPglw

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/category/people/paul-weyrich

Don't forget he co-founded Heritage too.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Paul_M._Weyrich

[-] 0 points by TikiJ (-38) 1 year ago

"“The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”" -Churchill, and alleged defender of democracy.

If anyone in this sytem was interested in real justice the power to decide these decisions wouldnt be allowed to a group of old, bought out, privileged men whom were appointed by other bought out, privileged old men.

The acceptance of the authority has to stop if anything is going to go in reverse.

[-] 0 points by shooz (18022) 1 year ago

I guess that's why they let ALEC decide for them.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried." ~ Winston Churchill.

But it's not a spectator's sport. And we are number one in low Voter turnout.

The 1% and their GOP flunkies love that.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Is there a word that multiplies hypocrisy by a thousand? Besides RepubliCon.

TPMDC: Scalia Rages Against Supreme Court’s Gay Rights Ruling

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/06/scalia-doma-dissent.php

[-] 1 points by windyacres (1002) 1 year ago

"Is there a word that multiplies hypocrisy by a thousand? Besides RepubliCon"

Yes...Indifference

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Public "indifference" certainly exacerbates the damage GOP hypocrisy causes.

[-] 0 points by shooz (18022) 1 year ago

Dichotomy.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

What then a trichotomy?

[-] 0 points by shooz (18022) 1 year ago

No, they would revile the fresh air.

[-] 0 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

IRVs!!!!

What is GF's problem, do you know??

Time to unite against righties, 2014 is here, and we don't want another 2010!

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17627) 1 year ago

"US Rulers Fear American People'', by Finian Cunningham :

''Today, the US has evolved into a dystopia, not a democracy, where obscene wealth and privilege stand in the face of massive poverty and misery. One indicator of this abysmal inequality is the fact that the 400 richest Americans have more material wealth than 155 million of their fellow citizens combined. Another datum: some 50 million Americans - a sixth of the population - are surviving on food handouts. Unemployment, homelessness, suicide rates, prescription drug addiction, rampant gun crime all speak in different ways of social meltdown.

''American society is collapsing from the sheer weight of its decrepit capitalist economy. The social system is unsustainable. It is like a distended rotten sack that is coming apart at the seams from inexorable burgeoning pressure. This is not unique to the US. All around the world, people are rebelling against the inequity of crony capitalism - there is only one form of capitalism - from Europe to the Arab Middle East, from Turkey to Brazil.

''The rulers of America are despotic elites who are living in fear and trepidation of their own people and of people power around the world rising in rebellion against the misrule of capitalism.'' Also see :

caveat ...

[-] 1 points by forourfutures (393) 1 year ago

They fear us for a reason. Not for what we know they have done, but for what we do not know.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17627) 1 year ago

"Remaking America : From Poverty to Prosperity" ; Dr. Cornel West :

dum spiro, spero ...

[-] 0 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Yes, Americans have been effectively mushroomed to a great extent, kept in the dark and fed shit, resulting in our lowest grasp of issues and Voter turnout. But awakened we are overwhelming. This plays hell with a political system that's supposed to be a democracy, but whose subjects refuse to participate, out of confusion, propaganda or misdirected protest and outrage. Much to the delight of the 1% of the 1% who have CAPITALIZED on our contrived dysfunction, and who to an outrageous degree have appointed our representatives in government to work for them.

You bet these filthy bastards are afraid, every news cycle and election they escape the chance of justice. Once the gun-toten dunderheads and wild-eyed gubmint-haters realize that Mexicans, welfare queens and teachers are not the enemy and that the 1% behind the curtains are, There Will Be Blood!

Let's try IRVs and get third parties in the contest, then Cons won't be able to easily steal elections no matter how much 1% CU $$ floods the airwaves!

[-] 5 points by shadz66 (17627) 1 year ago

"Capitalism Hits the Fan" - Prof. Richard D. Wolff (Video) :

"The Truth about 'Class War' in America'", by Richard D. Wolff :

"Is There an Alternative for Capitalist Economics and Politics ? Richard Wolff Says - Yes" :

Viva Los Indignados !!! Occupy Wall Street !! Resistance Is Fertile !

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Consequences have Elections, Participate!

ham sammy ...

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17627) 1 year ago

"Capitalism, Democracy and Elections'', by Prof. Richard D. Wolff :

From which, I excerpt : ''Elections have rarely posed, let alone decided, the question of capitalism: whether voters prefer it or an alternative economic system. Capitalists have successfully kept elections focused elsewhere, on non-systemic questions and choices. That success enabled them first to equate democracy with elections and then to celebrate elections in capitalist countries as proof of their democracy. Of course, even elections were and are allowed only outside capitalist enterprises. Democratic elections inside them -- where employees are the majority -- never happen.

''Real democracy means that important decisions affecting people's lives are made genuinely and equally by the affected people. The capitalist organization of enterprises thus directly contradicts real democracy. Inside the corporations that dominate modern capitalism, a tiny minority -- major shareholders and the boards of directors they elect -- make key decisions affecting those below them in the corporate hierarchy, the employees. That tiny minority decides what products the corporation will produce, what technologies will be used, where production will occur, and how the corporation's net revenues will be distributed. The majority is affected, often profoundly, by all those decisions, but it does not participate in making them.'' 'Citizens United'/The SCOTUS has usurped US demoCRAZY ! WTFU !!

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Democracy is messy and perfection, like Unicorns, doesn't exist.

Number One problem with ours, worlds worst Voter Turnout, worlds greatest Big $ turnout, and it's deviously contrived and ferociously defended.

Solution: Mass wake-up call followed by mass democratic citizenry participation.

... on rye ...

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (17627) 1 year ago

American Democracy - "Murder, Spies And Voting Lies" :

That's your full ''ham sandwich on rye with horse radish'' now and you'll have to provide your own beverage and digest it all and see if it's to your taste.

de gustibus non est disputandum ...

[-] 1 points by TikiJ (-38) 1 year ago

"The League of Women Voters is withdrawing sponsorship of the presidential debates...because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter. It has become clear to us that the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public. —League President Nancy M. Neuman, LWV October 03, 1988"

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Gee, apparently we should all just surrender to our nearest corporation and face our inevitable servitude.

Or we can WTFU and get involved!

And exercise our DEMOCRACY!!!

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

So many people here, show their anger over things like this.
I do too - often.
but
Being angry at a rabid dog for attacking you does not solve the problem.

I welcome a post like this - that so clearly lays out the facts,
but I would like to see more ideas to SOLVE THE PROBLEM


I think that every civil rights group & voting rights group should reduce or eliminate wasting money fighting these laws & courts.


SPEND THE MONEY TO HELP CITIZENS GET THE ID


Every state will have a different set of roadblocks.
Organizations like NAACP & AARP & Brennan Center should join forces and create a state voter registration "manual" that lists the state rules in clear language. Then use the money saved by not fighting this to pay for a free weekly bus pickup service to bring people to the registration location.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

And what about IRVs to make 3rds viable?

Start (if you haven't been doing it already) petitioning MSM for being so Corporate and GOP biased.

Encouraging mass increases in Voter Turnout ~ it's a rigged system because the RIGGERS Turnout and we don't!

Remember: Silence is complicity ~ Lies, Distortions, Bigotry and Sanctimony ARE NOT POLITE OR ACCEPTABLE!

Democracy: The worst form of government except for all the rest ~ it's messy and imperfect, because perfection doesn't exist. It's not a spectator sport, participation is mandatory.

Lesser of Two Evils: Everything we do is a choice of lesser evils ~ Cons are worlds more evil than Dems. No one is a saint.

Money is property, NOT SPEECH! Corporations are not people, people are people. They want person-hood because People come FIRST!

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

The Roberts Corporate Court Strikes Again

By CAP Action War Room on Jun 27, 2013 at 5:59 pm

The Powerful Over the People

Yesterday, we celebrated two landmark Supreme Court rulings advancing LGBT rights, but a closer look at the rest of the Supreme Court term reveals a wide variety of troubling rulings. These rulings may be on different issues, but they all have a common theme: whenever possible the High Court’s conservative wing puts the interests of the powerful above those of the people. This term the Supreme Court has issued rulings attacking voting rights, consumer rights, workers’ rights, and more.

In particular, the Roberts Court chooses to side with powerful corporations at almost every possible opportunity. Even conservative-leaning Supreme Courts in the past have not sided with corporations as often. For example, in cases where the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce intervened, they won barely more than half the time under Chief Justice Rehnquist. Since Chief Justice Roberts and Alito joined the court in 2006, the Chamber has won 70 percent of its cases. Over the past two terms alone, the Chamber has prevailed in a whopping 88 percent of its cases. In fact, the Roberts Court is the most pro-corporate Supreme Court in more than six decades.

Here’s a few of the areas where the court trampled on the people at the expense of the powerful:

Voting Rights: Just this week, the Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. As a result, six states are already moving forward with voter suppression laws that previously would’ve been held up or blocked entirely. If individuals cannot vote, they of course cannot vote for politicians who support progressive or populist policies or vote against those who are the tools of corporate special interests like polluters, insurance companies, and Wall Street banks.

Workers’ Rights: In two decisions also handed down this week, the Court made it much harder for victims of workplace discrimination to seek justice. The first case severely limited the definition who counts as a supervisor, making it much easier for people to be intimidated out of taking action against harassment by their bosses. A second decision issued the same day made it much easier for corporations or supervisors to retaliate against individuals who complain about discrimination.

Human Rights: In April, the Court severely limited a 200 year-old law that allowed individuals to use the U.S. civil court system to seek recourse for human rights violations committed abroad. Chief Justice John Roberts led a splintered court in ruling that several Nigerians alleging an oil company aided an abetted torture, arbitrary killings, and indefinite detention could not sue, because the corporate conduct occurred outside the United States. It is now essentially impossible to hold anyone accountable for such conduct.

Consumer Rights: The Roberts Court has made a habit of issuing rulings that limit the ability of individuals to file class action lawsuits and/or seek justice outside the arbitration system that heavily favors corporations. The Court issued several such rulings this term, making it harder for individuals or even millions of individuals impacted by wrongdoing or some other harm to take on powerful corporations.

In addition, the Court ruled in favor of pharmaceutical companies, authorized what should be unconstitutionally intrusive police collection of DNA, undermined the rights of indigent defendants, and sided with big developers and trampled on “local community rights,” among other unfortunate decisions.

Based on the cases the Court has agreed to hear next term, it appears we may be in for more of the same. The Court will hear cases on abortion rights, housing discrimination, the separation of church and state, the ability of the president to fill executive vacancies in the face of Senate obstruction, affirmative action, and environmental laws, just to name a few potentially explosive decisions.

When the Court managed to rule against corporate interests and the powerful, it almost always came over the objections of Chief Justice Roberts and the other members of the Court’s conservative wing.

BOTTOM LINE: In spite of some bullets dodged and landmark victories, the Roberts Corporate Court continued to distinguish itself by overwhelmingly favoring corporate interests and the powerful over the rights and interests of individuals and the American people.

The Progress Report team is conducting a short survey to make The Progress Report a more useful resource for our readers. Don’t be scared–we promise it’s only a few minutes! Please fill it out now to help us improve this newsletter for you.

http://thinkprogress.org/progress-report/the-roberts-corporate-court-strikes-again/

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

All weeped out and ready for action!!

Looks like we are entering another election cycle, and time for me to encourage unity. Why am I always the only one????

[-] 1 points by shooz (18022) 1 year ago

I've been hollering about unity against ALEC for some time now.

I've taken more than a little guff over it too.

[-] 2 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Thanks for that, I appreciate it and I'm sure many others do, too.

I have hollered about the 1%/RW/Cons, public apathy, and the need for unity for some time as well, since Carter.

I've taken more than a little (much beyond) a little guff over it and I've been banned 5 times, just on this site, too.

Hang in there.

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[-] -3 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 1 year ago

And in an even more astonishing turn of events, the Supreme Court today ruled that the people of CA have no standing, that the the state of CA is not a government by the people. Welcome to Obamaland.

[-] 1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

Go blow it out your ass, Koch Sucker! As if you gave a fuck about The People unless they were 1%ers, gun nuts or bible-thumpers.

Freedom to carry, freedom to marry and, despite CU smear and slime, the good sense to reelect Barry. The People have spoken!

Prop 8 was an outside monied sham. The SCOTUS ruling was a states rights ploy in disguise.

[+] -4 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 1 year ago

And that's where you and I differ; I truly do believe in the rights of the people. And the majority, led largely by people of color, initiated a ballot upheld by a majority vote in CA. I also truly believe that it will take our guns to return government to the people.

[-] -1 points by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR 1 year ago

You are a Sick, Fascist, ZOMBIE!!

Wake up people, the 2014 Election is on!

No more 2010s!!