A couple of months ago, I wrote about the strong evidence that the current U.S. Supreme Court is perhaps the most conservative in our history.
In the past couple of years, the court has done nothing to dissuade that notion, but rather, enhances it at every chance. The Court that gave us Citizens United and unlimited corporate dollars flowing into election coffers then enhanced it this term with their decision in McCutcheon v Federal Elections Commission, removing limits on individual contributions to Congressional races. In the recent case of Greece v Galloway, the court continued what seems to be its sworn duty to create a formal church of the United States when it legitimized the opening of government meetings with sectarian religious prayer.
|Now, as the current term is set to end in two weeks, the Court has 16 remaining cases to decide, cases that will most likely continue the country down the Court's chosen path, regardless of in many case overwhelming public opinion, scholarly legal opinion, and a little thing called the US Constitution, all to the contrary.|
I've written about two or three of the pending cases, such as the Susan B. Anthony List case"U. S. Supreme Court To Tell Us If It’s OK to Lie", where the Court will most likely rule that free speech rights trump truthfulness and that
In another case, the Court is being asked to end a procedure that has been used routinely by US Presidents since George Washington, but a procedure that is now alleged to be illegal, dishonest, and unconstitutional (despite, of course, the fact that is is actually written IN the Constitution – Article II, Section 2), solely because it has been used by the black socialist muslim guy who currently is impersonating the president. In National Labor Relations Board v Canning, the Court will have the opportunity to say that the process of making what are called “recess appointment” is improper. The recess
In some of the additional cases, the Court will rule on:
- Whether or not the police have the right to examine a person’s smartphone for personal information incidental to an arrest but without a warrant;
- Whether or not the Environmental Protection Agency has the power to require that permits for new power plants only be issued where measures are taken for the reduction of carbon emissions; and
- Whether or not it is a violation of free speech to set up a “quiet zone” in from of abortion clinics to keep protesters up to 35 feet from the entrance.
Limitations on long-standing presidential powers, restrictions on vital environmental regulations needed to combat ever-worsening climate change, limitations on the rights of unions and on the the legal right to choose, and the unfettered expansion of the religious beliefs of the powerful at the expense of others will all bring about pain and suffering to the most powerless of our society. And the majority of the US Supreme Court could not care less.