Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens Slams Current Court for Selling Out to the Rich

justice-stevensNot 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Veritas vos Liberabit

    Justice Roberts is from Buffalo, NY. The third poorest metropolitan city in the United States. I’ve lived in Buffalo, NY for the past 40 years. Buffalo, NY is also one of the most segregated cities in the State of NY. Multimillion dollars mansions in specific affluent neighborhoods and across the street from those neighborhoods, dilapidated, abandoned and neglected structures. Buffalo, NY’s poorest neighborhoods are predominantly Democrat. Justice Roberts decision to uphold McCutcheon was based on his Conservative ideologies, in my opinion, not in the best interest of “We the People”. This decision would not only benefit the filthy Conservative rich folks, but it also harm even more the poorest of the poor, including Justice Roberts hometown. The State of NY is in a battle with hydrofracking industries and right wing nuts pursuing more riches while destroying the environment. Our Great Lakes are in danger of even more pollution if hydrofracking is approved in the vicinity of the Lakes.

  • thesquire1

    Unless the American people wake up and vote with sense, the coming election could be the very last ‘democratic’ election in the United States !

  • DavidD

    Conservatives more than liberals ride for the brand.They can’t afford to be caught out because one of their “buddies” will stab them in the back if they do.
    That is not to say that there are not a lot of good moral persons that are conservative,they’re are but they know the consequences they will suffer if they stray to far off the reservation.
    They could lose family ties and support,religous affiliations which is a lot of their social life and support network even jobs and spouses.

  • strayaway

    New London vs. Kelo was an interesting case. The liberal judges and Judge Souter ruled that eminent domain could be used to condemn homes to allow corporations to profit if governments took a cut. In this case, Pfizer routed out a neighborhood with New London’s cooperation to build a shopping center. The Court ruled that since more taxes were to be gained from the shopping center, it was for the public good. The residents booted out of their homes were paid the market price of the depressed value of their homes; not the value of their land as a shopping center. Eventually, Pfizer changed its mind and never did build its shopping center but those homes had been torn down. This ruling means that whenever corporations covet our property, they can claim it. Since then, as everyone here knows, corporations have also been granted personhood so Kelo seems like a violation of equal protection.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Good argument. Eminent domain was the providence for GOVERNMENTAL annexation of private land STRICTLY for the actual public good.

      I don’t think ANOTHER mall qualifies.
      I don’t think Pfizer qualifies.
      I certainly don’t think tax revenue spent in a criminal WAR qualifies either.

      • strayaway

        We agree on all points.

      • Stephen Barlow

        In this circumstance…

  • RC

    Well said Justice Stevens. I am appalled about how the love of humankind in our country has been replaced by greed and self interest.
    Republicans are quickly losing the majority people wise and vote wise. So instead of one person one vote, we are becoming a 1 dollar one vote society. Do not forget that the top 400 families in this country have more wealth than bottom 150 million.
    It probably will not be in my lifetime but if this disparity continues, it can only lead to severe unrest in our beautiful country. History has proved that many times.