Open Thread WE 29 JUN 22 ~ in justice
The Supreme Court is now firmly in the hands of radicals, eager to throw stare decisis out the window. They are part of the anti-democracy movement now threatening America.
-- Robert Reich
Welcome to today's open thread. I'm focusing on the supremely political nature of the loftiest gang of judicial puppets in the US. In civics, we were indoctrinated with the idea of some type of 'balance of power' within the federal government with 3 branches somehow independent of each other.
It seems this has not worked out so well. Especially after the imaginative 'corporations are people' decision. Money buys justice, legislation and executive policies. Not much balance there
stare decisis —
Latin for “to stand by things decided.” It’s the doctrine of judicial precedent. If a court has already ruled on an issue (say, on reproductive rights or gay marriage), future courts should decide similar cases the same way. The Supreme Court can change its mind and rule differently than before, but it needs good reasons to do so, and it helps if the justice’s opinion is unanimous or nearly so. Otherwise, the rulings appear (and are) arbitrary — even, shall we say? — political.
-- Robert Reich
-- Supreme Court shields police from being sued for ignoring Miranda warnings
-- Supreme Court bolsters gun owners’ right to carry a weapon in public
-- Supreme Court rules for parents seeking state aid for religious schools ..
Justice Sonia Sotomayor argued the court “continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build.”
-- Supreme Court limits California labor law that allows private suits against employers
-- Supreme Court shields Border Patrol agents from lawsuits over excessive force=
-- Supreme Court rejects bond hearings for immigrants facing deportation
The recent Supreme Court rulings on immigration matters have seemingly provided further protection for the government and its agents but have minimized rights for non-citizens and citizens alike.
-- Supreme Court rules for Ted Cruz, strikes down limit on post-election gifts to winners
-- Supreme Court blocks Texas law to shield conservatives against alleged censorship on Facebook and Twitter
-- The Court reversed and remanded the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court held that the U.S. Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion rests with the states.
-- US Supreme Court reaches unanimous decision in Washington worker’s compensation case: striking down an earlier ruling by a lower court to protect workers sickened by nuclear contamination
This does not resemble anything like constitutional law.
Tenth Amendment of the Constitution:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
“[t]he Constitution does not protect the sovereignty of States for the benefit of the States or State governments, [but instead] for the protection of individuals."
As always, feel free to chime-in with whatever rings your bells ..