Supreme Court is so corrupt that even Linda Greenhouse has to say it
Posted by Charles II on November 14, 2014
Thanks to Jonathan Tasini for highlighting a Linda Greenhouse Op-Ed that says, in black and white in the New York Times, that the Supreme Court is doing politics by taking up a challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
Nearly a week has gone by since the Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to enlist in the latest effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and the shock remains unabated. “This is Bush v. Gore all over again,” one friend said as we struggled to absorb the news last Friday afternoon. “No,” I replied. “It’s worse.”
There was [in the ACA case, unlike Bush v. Gore] no urgency. There was no crisis of governance, not even a potential one.
the case the court agreed to decide, King v. Burwell, doesn’t fit the normal criterion for Supreme Court review.
So no, this isn’t Bush v. Gore. This is a naked power grab by conservative justices who two years ago just missed killing the Affordable Care Act in its cradle, before it fully took effect.
Professor [John] Yoo, formerly of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and now at the University of California at Berkeley, wrote that the new case gave the chief justice “the chance to atone for his error in upholding Obamacare” and that “it will be the mission of his chief justiceship to repair the damage.”
In decades of court-watching, I have struggled — sometimes it has seemed against all odds — to maintain the belief that the Supreme Court really is a court and not just a collection of politicians in robes. This past week, I’ve found myself struggling against the impulse to say two words: I surrender.
Why should any citizen respect the decisions of the courts when they are just political organs, cranking out pre-determined decisions to oppress the poor and the sick in favor of the rich and powerful? Without the courts being perceived as just, what nation can stand?
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