The Weekend Wonk: Senator Whitehouse on Dark Money and the Courts

October 17, 2020

Most important part of Senator Whitehouse’ exposition before the Judiciary this week starts at about 20 minutes in.
Lots of background details in first 20 minutes about dark funders etc.

But the last 10 minutes goes to understanding the motives and goals of those shadowy groups that have successfully brought the Supreme Court into the service of the 1 percent.

The key issues for Republicans in packing the court, as they have in the past 2 decades, is not abortion, gun rights, or gay marriage. That’s just drama for the rubes in the Fox News peanut gallery.

The real issue is that for the ultra-wealthy and powerful: there simply must be no obstacle, no agency, no power, that can limit their ability to do whatever they want to do. Not juries, not voters, not regulatory agencies, – nobody.
It’s a recipe to replace the law of the constitution with the law of the jungle, and it’s working.

Read Nancy Maclean’s Democracy in Chains to understand the big picture.

10 Responses to “The Weekend Wonk: Senator Whitehouse on Dark Money and the Courts”

  1. Keith Omelvena Says:

    As a non American, I am bound to ask how this situation occurred? It didn’t happen overnight. How come Democrats have just discovered this? Have they been asleep at the wheel? Are they too nice “naive” to believe others are prepared to act in such a deceitful manner. Or are they sharing the trough?

    • greenman3610 Says:

      I would say that progressive left voters have been asleep at the switch, completely discounting the importance of judges, certainly since 2000, when Michael Moore and others supported Ralph Nader to the bitter end because “there was no difference between Al Gore and George Dubya Bush”.
      Same with the Jill Stein voters and abstainers in 2016.
      This is what you voted for, people.
      Some of us have been screaming bloody murder on this for a long time.

  2. Gingerbaker Says:

    Yes, yes, and yes.

  3. funslinger62 Says:

    I’d like to rate this 10 stars!

  4. funslinger62 Says:

    Looks like we’ve found the Deep State the republicans have been talking about. No wonder they were so confident it existed. They are the Deep State.

  5. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    One reason I prefer Medicare For All over “public option” is that as long as there is potential private profit in delivering health care, companies will bribe politicians to maximize their margins and skim the healthiest, wealthiest citizens and leave the sickest in the public system.

    Also, I wouldn’t mind getting religions out of health care management.

  6. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    “It’s a crime to tamper with a jury; it’s standard practice to tamper with Congress…and they make the law.”

  7. Keith McClary Says:

    We don’t need no steenkin’ laws:
    “The Town That Went Feral”

    “When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in.”

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