Not too long ago, an issue my conservative counterparts and I could agree upon was that more money in politics was terrible for our country. But as more and more right-wing media outlets have started defending the “right” for the rich to buy our government (even more so than they already do) I’ve found fewer and fewer conservatives who support campaign finance reform.
It’s really not surprising. I’ve made my feelings pretty clear when it comes to Republicans and their tendency to be swayed by whatever propaganda their party is currently selling. It wasn’t that long ago that climate change wasn’t really a topic up for debate. But now that the Koch brothers have spent untold millions trying t0 discredit proven science, suddenly fewer and fewer conservatives believe in climate change.
Well, you can add former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to the list of Americans appalled at the Supreme Court rulings that have essentially opened the floodgates for unheard of sums of money being funneled into our political process.
And before conservatives start throwing a hissy fit, Justice Stevens was nominated by Republican President Gerald Ford. Before that, he was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Nixon. So he’s not exactly a “radical liberal judge” as I’m sure many conservatives will try to claim after reading his comments.
Stevens told the New York Times, “The voter is less important than the man who provides money to the candidate. It’s really wrong.”
He then went on to say, “Sam Alito replacing Justice O’Connor was a very significant change. He is much more conservative. And, as for John Roberts, he is much more in the direction of protecting the rights of very rich people to donate money to campaigns than Bill Rehnquist ever was.”
And he’s absolutely right.
This Supreme Court, led by Roberts, has continually sided with what’s best for the rich in this country instead of what’s better for the country as a whole. With Citizens United they essentially said that a corporation deserves the same rights as a human being, and with their most recent ruling they removed the limits on how many candidates people can donate to.
And this won’t be the end of it. As more of these challenges come to the Supreme Court I can almost guarantee that Roberts and his fellow conservative judges will continue to side with the interests of the rich instead of what’s best for our country as a whole.
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