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Republican President George W. Bush appointed John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Citizens United was the immediate consequence. Citizens United threw out 100 years of judicial precedent in asserting that private money could in no way be limited when it came to political elections. The Citizens United ruling was a classic case of judicial activism.
The Citizens ruling has led directly to the disgusting....nay, obscene....orgy of corporate and billionaire spending in the hopes of controlling the outcome of our national election this year.
69% of Americans polled by the Brennan Center this year agreed that “new rules that let corporations, unions and people give unlimited money to Super PACs will lead to corruption.” 74% of Republicans and 73% of Democrats agreed with that statement. 73% of participants agreed that...“there would be less corruption if there were limits on how much could be given to Super PACs.”
The number one threat to our national freedom, the number one threat to the survival of our already-compromised democracy....is Citizens United. If money rules, then only the rich make the rules.
Then-Senator Barack Obama voted against the nominations of Roberts and Alito, the two justices who made the Citizens ruling possible. Mitt Romney's website says this...."As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito,"
Along with Anthony Kennedy, the four justices endorsed by Mr. Romney made Citizens United a reality. If you liked Citizens United....then by all means, Romney is your guy. Just keep in mind that 3 out of 4 Americans think Citizens is an open invitation to corruption.
While Mitt Romney agrees with Scalia and Roberts that 'money equals free speech'....and 'corporations are people'....the GOP presidential candidate doesn't agree that all people are equal.....
“I think we have to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns.”
On the other hand, President Obama, rightly in my opinion, scolded the Justices in a SOTU address over their decision in Citizens. Obama called on Congress to pass legislation that would counteract the negative effect of unlimited corporate cash controlling our elections.
If you think free speech and money are equal....or that corporations are people....but teachers unions should be singled out and prohibited from spending on political campaigns....then, by all means, Mitt Romney is your guy.
If you don't think free speech and money are equal, if you don't believe corporations are really people....if you think that corporate money must be kept in check to avoid a situation where a handful of the uber-wealthy decide our elections.....then President Obama deserves your vote.
Mitt Romney has stated, "I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe V. Wade..."
If you would prefer to see our 50 states embroiled in a destabilizing and political flesh-tearing struggle over what was once considered settled law over a woman's right to choose....then, by all means, vote for Mr. Romney.
Half of the U.S. population is made up of women. President Obama has already appointed two women to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan and Sonja Sotomayor.....which reformulated female representation on the bench to 33%. If you are a woman, or are concerned about women's rights and equal representation and justice for women, then President Obama has already provided evidence that he acknowledges and respects your full and equal citizenship in our democracy.
During the next 4 years, Justices Ginsburg, Scalia and Kennedy will be in their 80's. The likelihood of a new Court appointment by the winner of next Tuesday's presidential election is high. Setting aside Commander-in-Chief duties for a minute, it is my opinion that appointing Supreme Court Justices is the most serious and important duty of a sitting president. Supreme Court appointments are for life. Supreme Court appointments, as we've witnessed first hand with Citizens, can directly threaten our democracy of, for and by the people.
I realize that what Mr. Romney has said during his campaign must be all taken with a grain of salt. His mendacity and duplicity has been off the charts. However, when it comes to Mitt and the Supreme Court.....I haven't seen any flip-flops or doubletalk. Mr. Romney, if elected president, fully intends to appoint Justices in the same mold as those who ruled against the American people and for corporate control of our national electoral system in Citizens United. Romney fully intends to divide our already-polarized nation further by appointing Justices who will overturn Roe.
In other words, when it comes to Supreme Court appointments, Mitt Romney would enthusiastically appoint Justices who would take us back to the Gilded Age where freedom and opportunity were only for the rich few. Mitt Romney would enthusiastically appoint Justices who would take away a woman's hard-fought right to full autonomy over her own life.
On the basis of future Supreme Court appointments alone, President Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected.