Le site Bellaciao: coloré, multiple, ou le meilleur cotoie fort heureusement le pire, mélangé, bizarre, picabien et dadaîste, explorant toutes sortes de registres et de régimes rhétoriques, drole et polémiqueur, surréaliste: rencontre d'un parapluie et d'une machine à coudre sur une table de dissection, têtes de Lénine sur le clavier d'un piano Steinway ou Bosendorfer...
FR
ES
Senal en Vivo
VIDEO
RADIO
FRIENDS SITES
with Bellaciao
Bellaciao hosted by
To rebel is right, to disobey is a duty, to act is necessary !
Bellaciao  mobile version   |   Home  |   About us   |   Donation  |   Links  |   Contact  |   Search
THE SUPREME COURT OF THE CORPORATE INTERESTS

by: David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
Tuesday July 1, 2014 - 02:16
2 comments

One day, if there is any justice and sanity left in this world, five damnable reprobates—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy—will be forever condemned as the five so-called “justices” who transformed the United States Supreme Court into the most racist and corrupt institution in American history.

Undoubtedly many legal scholars are now shaking their heads in disagreement, recalling the plethora of racist and anti-labor decisions made by previous courts both prior to and shortly after the American Civil War, and during the “robber baron” era of the Industrial Revolution.

But those decisions, as vile as they were, reflected the sentiments of their times, when African-Americans were viewed as second-class citizens, and workers were viewed as disposable pieces of garbage devoid of legal protections and rights.

Today’s Supreme Court, however, is supposedly operating in the aftermath of the gains made by both the civil rights and labor movements—gains frequently achieved through the great personal sacrifice of many courageous men and women.

Of course, it is doubtful these reprobates are concerned about their place in history. As I’ve stated in several previous Pravda.Ru articles, far too many people in positions of power are sociopaths who lack any sense of empathy or compassion for others, and thus place their personal interests, gratifications, and beliefs above the people or principles they are supposed to serve.

Now these five corporate-controlled puppets have continued their attack on American workers, American democracy, and the Bill of Rights with two egregious “end-of-term” decisions: Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby Stores and Harris vs. Quinn.

While it is of small comfort to me, the Harris decision confirms that I was not engaging in hyperbole when, in past articles, I warned about the shameless hypocrisy, the undermining of democracy, and the legally sanctioned corruption that had been unleashed by two recent Supreme Court decisions—Citizens United vs. FEC (2010) and McCutcheon vs. FEC (2014).

For readers who missed those articles, Citizens United stated that both corporations and labor unions enjoy the same “free speech” rights as flesh-and-blood human beings—a ruling that almost immediately resulted in a spate of anti-labor legislation in states like Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio designed to deplete the financial resources of labor unions so the corporate voice would be the only influential voice in America’s political arena.

McCutcheon expanded this corporate power by limiting the definition of political corruption to the “quid pro quo” variety, where money and/or goods expended for political favors must directly change hands.

Harris has continued the court’s attack on the finances of organized labor, compelling public sector unions to represent workers who receive wages through government funds, like Medicaid, but refuse to pay union dues. According to Alito, compelling these workers to pay such dues violates their right to “free speech and association.”

But what about the labor unions’ right to free speech, or their freedom to refuse to associate with workers who fail to pay dues? Aren’t these supposed to be the very freedoms Alito and his four fellow hypocrites claimed had been established in Citizens United?

But while the rights and resources of labor unions are once again being diminished, the rights of corporations are once again being expanded, In the Hobby Lobby case, these five corporate-controlled “justices” ruled that “closely held,” for-profit corporations can restrict the health care coverage they provide employees under the Affordable Care Act if this coverage violates their religious beliefs.

This, of course, means that for-profit corporations owned by religions that believe in faith healing can now argue that providing any health care coverage violates their beliefs, and that workers can now be subjected to religious discrimination and fired for complaining that their employer’s restrictions are anathema to their own religious beliefs.

In other words, for-profit corporations not only have unbridled “free speech” rights under the United States Constitution, they now have unbridled religious rights as well. In fact, in the Supreme Court’s eyes, the only people who no longer have free speech or religious rights, in any meaningful sense, are poor and middle-class Americans—the very people that many of the nation’s founders sought to protect by insisting that a Bill of Rights be added to the Constitution.

Of course, as the tired old argument goes, someone employed by a company that makes workers subscribe to the religious beliefs of its owners can always look for another job. What this argument fails to consider, however, is that almost all of the good paying jobs are controlled by large corporations, meaning that workers must really choose between economic survival and homelessness.

According to an article in Business Insider by Brent Logiurato, more than 90% of the corporations in the United States are defined by the Internal Revenue Service as being “closely held.” So while Hobby Lobby stores should rightfully be boycotted, it would probably be economically impractical to boycott or refuse to work for every corporation that chooses to exercise its “freedom” under the Hobby Lobby decision.

It is time for a federal investigation into the financial dealings, associations, and activities of Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy. Although their supporters will undoubtedly call it a political “witch hunt,” there is something clearly amiss when these five so-called “justices” only recognize “quid pro quo,” corruption, and when Thomas and Scalia have appeared at “political retreats” sponsored by the Koch brothers—right-wing billionaires who have benefited immensely from the Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions.

Such an investigation is crucial, because, as I said in my recent article America’s Federal Judiciary: The Best “Just Us” Money Can Buy (06/11/14), it is actually less costly for corporations and billionaires to buy politically appointed federal judges and Supreme Court “justices” who serve lifetime terms than it is to buy candidates who consistently require funds to run election campaigns.

Thanks to the limitation on political corruption and the expansion of corporate power they’ve created, Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy can now attend all the “political retreats,” “judicial conferences,” “symposia,” and other lofty sounding events they desire, all sponsored and paid for by the corporations and billionaires they unabashedly support, and nothing can be done about it.

Which reminds me of a line from the 1971 movie Billy Jack: “When policemen break the law, then there isn’t any law, only a fight for survival.”

Today he would say, “When Supreme Court ’justices’ limit the definition of corruption so they can make rulings that serve their personal interests and the interests of their corporate handlers, then there isn’t any corruption, only injustice, loss of freedom for the common person, and a nation where the rich continue to get richer and more powerful while the poor continue to get poorer and weaker.”

David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru



Leave a comment
Print this article


Commentaires de l'article
 

Ethics?
Tuesday July 1 - 19:21 - Posted by Rick Grunwald - 6c04e8891da1a17f3f506d8a2e1269ac...

It is called FASCISM Roberts and Kennedy are unreasonable conservatives, but Alito, Scalia and Thomas are bought and paid for specifically by The Koch brothers. There is no ethical standard for the supreme court inc.. If these 3 were one step down - in an appellate court, they would have been removed and disbarred for their lies and outright political activity

Mussolini would have been proud




Ethics?
Wednesday July 2 - 04:41 - Posted by a65c74b8d31490d432ffb65b87144273...

Very well said. How five such unethical, biased, and bigoted men reached the pinnacle of the so-called "justice" system is beyond me.






Trump uses Jews to get pedophile elected
Sunday 10 - 12:45
by Eaton
WHAT TRUMP IS DOING IN JERULSALEM AND WHY HE IS DOING IT
Wednesday 6 - 18:40
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
SUPPORT RACISM: WATCH THE NFL
Saturday 18 - 01:38
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON IN SAUDI ARABIA?
Friday 10 - 15:13
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Sorry, Ain’t got cash. God bless you, too.
Wednesday 8 - 09:22
by Bailey Anderson
REFLECTIONS ON HOW LITTLE IS REVEALED BY JUST-RELEASED JFK ASSASSINATION DOCUMEN
Monday 30 - 19:43
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
PEOPLE OF COLOR: THE NFL DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOU
Tuesday 17 - 23:07
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
TRUMP, JONES, THE NFL, AND THE NEW MCCARTHYISM
Tuesday 10 - 23:14
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Catalonia referendum: 90% voted for independence, say officials (video)
Monday 2 - 09:55
Catalonia referendum: ’Spanish authorities are the criminals’ (video)
Monday 2 - 09:47
If I was truly evil
Tuesday 12 - 14:22
Yves Bouvier Faces Swiss Tax Investigation
Saturday 9 - 03:27
by lishk
The Polisario front suspected of double-play around humanitarian aid hijacking
Friday 8 - 21:44
by NathanT
The Polisario front suspected of double-play around humanitarian aid hijacking
Friday 8 - 21:37
by Nathan Taylor
AMERICA’S JUDASES
Sunday 27 - 20:02
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
What happend to Soraya and Hussein Khashoggi?
Friday 25 - 20:38
by Perseus
The falling Max Ehrich
Thursday 17 - 19:40
by celbbetty
DAMN THE NFL
Wednesday 16 - 01:44
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Overplaying your hand
Thursday 10 - 12:36
Gujarat Flood 2017 Devastation- Inevitable or Orchestrated in Dhanera ?
Thursday 3 - 06:19
by Dwarika Nath Rath
Multiple citizenship & Zionist subversion of America, Australia, India, Humanity
Wednesday 2 - 03:10
by Dr Gideon Polya
I’M AN IDIOT AND I VOTE
Thursday 27 - 23:23
by David R. Hoffman
The Top Ten Art Scandals That Have Rocked the World
Tuesday 18 - 15:48
by Curtis Judge
John Pilger slams Mainstream silence re Apartheid Israel crimes: Free Palestine
Thursday 13 - 02:43
by Dr Gideon Polya
RUSSIAN MAFIA – NOW IN DUBAI?
Monday 3 - 14:52
by James Dolay
THE NFL IS RACIST
Saturday 1 - 00:31
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Australian Finkel Review has dirty energy for 50 years & ignores 25 key issues
Monday 19 - 03:37
by Dr Gideon Polya
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: JUSTICE FOR PHILANDO CASTILE
Sunday 18 - 01:03
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Find out what is true and false about climate change - Kenneth Pouchet
Friday 16 - 17:43
by Kenneth Pouchet
Freedom For Me, But Not You
Wednesday 31 - 02:17
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
Post-Apartheid, non-racist, One State, democratic Palestine can happen tomorrow
Tuesday 30 - 08:21
by Dr Gideon Polya
A Review of Gilad Atzmon’s new book, “Being In Time: The Post-Political Manifes
Wednesday 17 - 21:23
by June Terpstra
Avoiding Another War in North Korea
Sunday 14 - 18:27
by William John Cox
Judah Ben Hur for President 2020
Saturday 13 - 16:15
by William Morgan
ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FOR DONALD J. TRUMP
Saturday 13 - 02:33
by David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Report
As War Party shadow boxes, its agenda surges unopposed
Friday 12 - 14:28
by Daniel Patrick Welch
Yves Bouvier caught in a real estate bankruptcy
Thursday 11 - 20:19
by Pierre Gove
Book: This Is How The State Fucks Your Mind
Tuesday 9 - 19:16
by OAF
ISRAEL’S 1967 ATTACK ON INTELLIGENCE SHIP U.S.S. LIBERTY - THE ONLY MYSTERY
Thursday 20 - 20:06
by JOHN CHUCKMAN
Denmark eaten down to the bone, what’s next?
Wednesday 19 - 16:22
by Henrik Petersen

home | webmaster



Follow-up of the site's activity
RSS Bellaciao En


rss FR / rss IT / rss ES



Bellaciao hosted by DRI

It is the responsibility of the intellectual to speak the truth and to expose lies. Noam Chomsky
Facebook Twitter Google+
DAZIBAO
I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
read more...
Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
2 comments
The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
read more...
Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
1 comment
President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
read more...
International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
read more...
THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
7 comments
At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
read more...
I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
read more...
HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
read more...
ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
3 comments
If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
read more...
HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
6 comments
How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
read more...
DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
1 comment
Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
read more...
DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
4 comments
LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
read more...
PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
2 comments
A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
read more...