Supreme Court Gone Rogue

Supreme Court Gone Rogue
by
David Schlecht

Our government was designed as three equal branches serving as checks and balances on the other two. The branches: the legislative (Congress), the executive (the president), and the judicial (Supreme Court).

Of course, the structure is defined in the US Constitution but the principle is only defined in the supporting documents of the times. Still, the idea was that no single branch of government would be any stronger than the other two. Yet, today, that’s exactly what we have. The Supreme Court has appointed themselves supreme rulers taking on more power than the president and Congress combined.

Here’s what the constitution says about the powers of the Supreme Court of the US:

Article. III.

[Section 1.] The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

[Section 2.] The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority; — to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls; — to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction; — to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party; — to Controversies between two or more States; — between a State and Citizens of another State; — between Citizens of different States; — between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction. In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.

The Trial of all Crimes, except in Cases of Impeachment, shall be by Jury; and such Trial shall be held in the State where the said Crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any State, the Trial shall be at such Place or Places as the Congress may by Law have directed.

[Section 3.] Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

Please note that nowhere does it say the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) has the right or the responsibility to strike down laws or approve or disapprove of the constitutionality of the laws and actions of the other two branches. It does say, power shall extend to all Cases arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States…

What, exactly, does this mean? It simply means that the SCOTUS has the power to hear cases under this constitution and the laws of the United States. Got that? It can interpret the laws and the constitution. Period!

Nowhere does it say anything more and nowhere in any of the amendments to the constitution is there any escalation of the powers of the SCOTUS. The Supreme Court has given itself the power it refers to as “judicial review.”

Way back in 1803 the SCOTUS started taking on the dictatorial powers of striking down the Congress and the president and here was the president’s response back in the day: Allowing the Supreme Court to usurp this power turns our constitution into a suicide pact and a mere thing of wax.

In denying the right they usurp of exclusively explaining the constitution, I go further than you do, if I understand rightly your quotation from the Federalist, of an opinion that “the judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the government, but not in relation to the rights of the parties to the compact under which the judiciary is derived.” If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our constitution a complete felo de se. For intending to establish three departments, co-ordinate and independent, that they might check and balance one another, it has given, according to this opinion, to one of them alone, the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others, and to that one too, which is unelected by, and independent of the nation. For experience has already shown that the impeachment it has provided is not even a scarecrow; that such opinions as the one you combat, sent cautiously out, as you observe also, by detachment, not belonging to the case often, but sought for out of it, as if to rally the public opinion beforehand to their views, and to indicate the line they are to walk in, have been so quietly passed over as never to have excited animadversion, even in a speech of any one of the body entrusted with impeachment. The constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist, and shape into any form they please. [Thomas Jefferson]

This was just the first of many small and unconstitutional steps our SCOTUS has taken to grab power from the other two “equal” branches of government. Today, in the absence of any reference to the word “corporation” in the constitution, the SCOTUS has decided they deserve more rights under the constitution than We The People.

So, today, the only branch of our government that is not elected by We The People and who have lifetime appointments have usurped the power of all three branches.

Rally to Support Wisconsin

There will be hundreds of rallies this weekend to support our workers in Wisconsin and let our own politicians know that we are united in supporting the middle class and the working class in America.

The war against the workers in America and against the middle class must stop. Get involved.

Get out! Join one of the rallies and get involved. Believe me, you can afford to invest a couple minutes to help save your country.

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Nevada Solidarity Rally

Nevada Solidarity Rally
by
David Schlecht

In Nevada’s capitol, Carson City, today, we were honored with the sight of hundreds of Nevada workers, showing solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin.

I’m not an expert at guessing crowd sizes but it seemed to be at least 180 people gathering in solidarity, cheering, carrying signs and making their voices heard.

Imagine that , 180 Nevadans getting together to send a message to their representatives about standing together with the middle class and with workers. Too bad the local news stations put such little effort into fairly reporting. I’m sure that if half that many tea baggers were in all of Nevada, the news would be crawling all over it and we’d be hearing about it for weeks.

Still, I’m proud to see Americans standing together to beat the tyranny of the ruling class. Well, all except the poor tea baggers down at the end of the street, still frightened and angry and hateful of their government and the workers of America.  I’m guessing they don’t even realize what they’re picketing against. You’re picketing against America, you fools.

Of the signs of solidarity, there were endless words of support from many different groups and organizations. On the end of the street, there were those condemning workers’ rights, condemning their high taxes, the lowest they’ve been in over 50 years, and bemoaning a great country and a great government.

So, who, again, benefits from a smaller government? Not the people, that’s obvious when you look at countries with small governments, like Somalia. It’s the multinational corporations you fools. Who benefits when the workers get the shaft? It’s not we the people, you fools.

Nevada, I’m proud to see all of you out there giving up a day off and freezing in the cold to try to save your state and our country.

Check out the pictures of the event. See true patriots sacrificing for the sake of saving our country. Oh, and see a handful of fools saving the poor downtrodden billionaires.

Impeach Justice Clarance Thomas

Impeach Justice Clarance Thomas
by
David Schlecht

If you’re waiting for President Obama or our congress or any other part of our government to clean up the abomination we call the Supreme Court, you’re uninformed. The government only does things when they get enough pressure to do so. The only time they will impeach tax felons or judicial hacks is when we the people get fed up and start demanding change.

About twenty-five percent of America are brain dead zombies believing Fox and Beck and the rest of those destroying America. Another twenty-five percent know something is wrong with the other side and try to serve as a counter balance to big businesses strangling our government. That’s about an even draw. So whenever our representatives hear anything from us Americans, all they hear is that we can’t make up our minds. According to them, America is split 50/50 on everything.

That’s because half of this country is too lazy to get involved. They’re waiting for someone else to get involved so they don’t have to. Am I talking about you?

Let’s talk about just how corrupt the Supreme Court of the US is.

We’ll start with the tax cheat, Clarance Thomas. Just the fact that his wife makes almost a million dollars a year (bribe money?) working for a think tank funded by multinational corporations and billionaires stinks of bias. Just this fact alone should make any judge resign. There’s no way you can be impartial when you’re owned. Just the fact that you pretend that you’re not biased by this shows your inability to decide anything that is important to our country.

It seems painfully obvious that anyone who is supposed to be able to adjudicate fairly should be completely free from biased involvements. But this case is exactly that. Even Congress has to ask him to recuse himself.

Clarance Thomas was appointed to the court by George H. W. Bush and he later appointed the son, George W. Bush as president in Bush v Gore. The decision was already made before the case was even heard by the justices and Thomas’ wife was soliciting resumes for Bush’s cabinet the night before the case.

But our representatives will only do something about these blatant crooks in our justice system when everyone gets out and starts demanding it. Get out and be heard. Call your representatives and the white house and demand this disease be removed from our Supreme Court.

Are They Really This Stupid?

by
Matthew K.

Today, on the website for our government’s Speaker of the House(you know, John Boner?), there is a post by Katie Boyd titled “Dems Ignore Small Biz Pleas to Stop Job-Stifling Regulations”.

John Boner should pay better attention to what gets published in his name and in the America’s Speaker of the House’s name, in America’s name.

To start with, if a business can’t stay in business without destroying the environment and the health and safety of their employees and customers, they shouldn’t be in business. It’s that simple, even for John Boner.

But, it’s not the small businesses who would benefit the most from destroying our regulations and making America into another Somalia, the multinational billionaire corporations would benefit the most.

Is John Boner representing the people of America in wanting to destroy our ability to regulate poisonous and destructive greedy corporations or is he screwing America over for the benefit of the corporations who own him?

Did you vote in the last election? If yes, good on you. If no, then YOU are the reason this country is going down the toilet. Get out there and vote and get rid of this stupid John Boner, already.

The Need for Free Media

The Need for Free Media
by
David Schlecht

I got this in my email this morning. It brings to light a serious problem facing America today, something we need to fix immediately.

Hi,

The Republicans just released their budget proposal, and it zeroes
out funding for both NPR and PBS–the worst proposal in more than a
decade. We need to tell Republicans that cutting off funding was
unacceptable last time they were in charge, and it’s unacceptable now.

I signed a petition to save NPR and PBS. Can you join me at the link
below?

Click Here

Thanks!

This is another shocking example of how the Republican party is against so many of the fundamental principles of our country. The need to protect the free press is one of the most important fundamental principles of America’s freedoms. But, today, we no longer have a free press.

In today’s environment, almost all the news Americans get is biased by multi-billion dollar news corporations and presented by millionaire news casters. This is exactly what our founding fathers didn’t want to have happen.

That is why they put the press in the constitution, the only industry explicitly referenced in the constitution. Still, the Republicans want to do away with the few remaining threads of our free press.

In a time when our information is being purposely polluted, we need to protect the truly impartial news sources that are not influenced by big money or politics. That is why we need news sources that are wholly funded by our taxes and not relying on donations from people and big unethical businesses.

Our free press, such as NPR and PBS, is not perfect and still rely too heavily on big money donations from businesses, but we need to fix it by funding them enough so they aren’t influenced by corruption and we need to vote out any political party that wants to destroy our last chance of a free press.

So, how much money will it cost you, personally, to help fund our free press? The amount is truly pennies each year. So, why would a political party want to save you pennies while expecting you to pay thousands for welfare for the billionaires in tax cuts? Well, you know why.

How is the Republican House doing so far?

So what has the Republican House of Representatives done since they were elected last November?

If you voted for them you should be paying close attention. After the election is when your real work begins. You have to pay attention to what your representatives do so you can have half a clue if you want to re-elect them come next election.

So, what have they done for America? There are endless polls out there saying what is most important for the average American. The first thing on every poll is the economy. So, what have the Republicans brought us to address the economy?

Nothing! Zip, Nada!

In fact, they did the one thing that would have a tremendous negative impact on our economy, reversing the health care reform that almost every American, including all the Republicans, has been trying to do for over a half a century. Fix the health care system. They want to repeal it even though by impartial non-partisan analysis, is to save our economy hundreds of billions of dollars.

They have even taken the word, Labor, out of the labor commission.

Okay, so they haven’t done anything for the A-number-one-most-important thing. So how about other important things?

Have they fixed the Free Trade disaster sending all our jobs over seas? No, I guess not.

The second most important thing to most all Americans is unemployment. What have they done for the unemployed? You guessed it. NOTHING!

How about corruption in government? Nothing! In fact, they’re making it harder to expose the Republican corruption.

The next most important thing to most all Americans is the broken health care system. Have they done anything, anything at all to fix it? No. They have absolutely no ideas or plans for anything.

Okay, so they haven’t done anything at all that the average American needs done. But what have they done?

Well, they have done two things. They spent hundreds of millions of our tax dollars playing politics with the Health Care Reform bill.

And, their second most wonderful accomplishment — they have spit in the faces of all American women by marginalizing the crime of rape. They have spent our tax dollars and wasted precious time redefining Rape while failing to address anything that matters.

I have to admit, if I was a Republican voter, I’d feel pretty darned stupid by now. Hey Republicans, is it time to wake up yet? Is it time to come to your senses? It’s too late to take back your party. Your party is toast. It represents no one but the crazies and the billionaires.

The War on Drugs

by
Matthew

Do you have any idea how much of your tax dollars are spent on the foolish war on drugs? Billions of dollars are wasted every year.

Want to help dig this country out of the red? Legalize drugs and tax their sale. You would see billions of dollars of wasted money turn into billions of dollars of tax revenue that we can use to fix back up our country.

Let’s start with legalizing marijuana. If these wonderful benefits don’t appear we can decide to criminalize it again. It’s not beyond our ability to fix this mess we’ve created.

What are your thoughts?

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Patriot Act Fails to Pass

Patriot Act Fails to Pass
by
David Schlecht

In a surprising vote, today, the House of Representatives failed to pass the anti-American Patriot Act. I applaud the 26 Republicans who broke with the party to defeat this awful bill that has plagued America since the Bush years.

Imagine! Twenty-six Republicans out of how many hundreds voted against this. I’m shocked!

Keep up the good work Democrats. Finally!

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Republicans Redefine Rape

As gross and disgusting as this attempt is, it should be screamed from the rooftops until everyone knows just how morally bankrupt the Republican party is.

Last week the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to restrict the definition of rape, and almost every single Republican voted for it.

Now, the definition of rape depends on how hard the victim fought. It’s not enough that a woman gets drugged and gang raped and mutilated and becomes pregnant. No, the Republicans want to do one better and say it’s not a rape since she didn’t fight back.

Handicapped women who can’t reasonably fight back are no longer raped. I guess the Republicans will call that just a little fling and if she gets pregnant, in the immortal words of Nevada’s Senate candidate, Sharron Angle, she gets to make “lemonade”.

So, your little girl gets abducted and is too frightened to fight back and the Republicans are saying, oh, that’s not really rape.

How can any woman with a fifth grade education or better ever even consider voting for these morally vacant Republicans?

What’s next, Republicans? Stoning the little girls for not fighting back hard enough?

I read post after post encouraging the Republican voter to take back their party. I can’t really believe they didn’t let their party get this far out of touch with reality by accident.

Hate America? Hate women? Vote Republican!