The US Supreme Court Is About To Change The Course of History

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

campaign laws prohibiting telling lies about political candidates are null and void under the first amendment, and of course the pending case, “Supreme Court Facing Far-Reaching Issues in Hobby Lobby Case” and “West Covina: Tell Eastland Center We Do Not Want Hobby Lobby!”, where the five conservative Catholic members of the Court will more than likely vote in tandem to say that employers may force their personal religious beliefs onto their employees by refusing to pay for health insurance coverage for procedures, drugs, treatments, etc, that they say violates their own religious beliefs, freedom of religion for employees be damned!.

But, there are other cases as well that will have far-ranging consequences, for decades to come.

The right wing's assault on unions is at the forefront of one such case, Harris v Quinn, where the court will determine if a state has the right to tell non-union workers that they must pay a fee to a union for the collective bargaining benefits that
they receive through union activities. This particular case involving an Illinois law is aimed at public sector unions, and it could deal a significant blow to the financing of all unions across the country.

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

appointment is the process of appointing a person to a high ranking government position while the Senate that normally would have to approve such as appointment, is in recess.

For the record, Pres. Eisenhower used the process of the recess appointment to appoint Justices William Brennan and Potter Stewart, and Chief Justice Earl Warren, all to the US Supreme Court. the republican god r reagan used the recess appointment 240 times during his eight years in office, and george w used it 171 times. Care to guess how many times Pres. Obama has used it? The answer is 32. But
now, it’s improper.

In some of the additional cases, the Court will rule on:

  1. 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;
  2. 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
  3. 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.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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