Letter: Supreme Court frauds
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his merry band of loyal associate justices, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, are frauds. Justice Anthony Kennedy gets off the hook because of his sometime independence from the chief.
A significant body of legal analysts agree that the Roberts court has been the most corporate-friendly in generations.
It made me wonder from where in the Constitution do corporations derive their rights, so I did a word search of the entire document. The word “people” appears approximately 10 times, “citizen(s)” approximately 20; and “person(s)” appears approximately 50 times. “Corporation” is to be found a whopping ZERO times in the U.S. Constitution.
The conclusion is inevitable. Despite all the high-falutin’ talk about original intent, literalism and respect for precedent, the hard-line conservatives on the court have repeatedly found their constitutional basis in exactly the same place as their justification for gutting the Voting Rights Act: thin air. Corporations have acquired rights and privileges beyond those enjoyed by actual living human beings, and for no reason other than these justices’ vivid imagination and their obvious political agenda. I think “fraud” understates the case.