Supreme hypocrisy: Republicans pack the courts for billionaires to control our lives

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Supreme hypocrisy: Republicans pack the courts for billionaires to control our lives

Republicans pack the courts so a few rich people control the laws that we all have to live by.

Republicans pack the courts with the help of dark money groups for billionaires to control our lives.

Elections have consequences. They determine the politicians who appoint the judges that write the laws which control our lives.

  • The healthcare we get – or are denied
  • The quality of air we breathe and the water we drink.
  • A woman’s right to control her body
  • Our freedom to worship
  • What children can learn
  • Who gets to vote and if their votes even matter
  • The dark money rich people can give politicians

Follow the dark money behind Republican judicial appointments. These Political Cartoons showcased with the free Wakelet app is a handy intro.

Follow the money funding Republican court stacking

Republicans pack the courts with the help of dark money groups for billionaires to control our lives.
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How Republican stacked courts impact your life

  • Voter suppression. Robert’s court guts the Voting Right Act making it harder for some Americans to voter. (Shelby v Holder)
  • Role of money in elections. Allows unlimited dark money to fund elections so the rich have a bigger role in who gets elected. (Citizens United)
  • Restricts abortion rights. Approves Texas restricting access to abortions. (Texas case)
  • Denying Dreamers their future. Chief Justice John Roberts, made it clear that the President can rescind DACA. (DHS v Univ of California)
  • Intolerance. Approves ban on Muslims from visiting America. (Trump v Hawaii)
  • Evictions of the poor. Allows evictions of the poor during the pandemic affecting 3.5 million people. (Unsigned opinion)
  • Bans common sense COVID safety measures. Blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses. (Details)
  • Let dark money flow. Erodes bill that would require more disclosure for political donations. (Prosperity Foundation vs Bonta)
  • More voting restrictions. Approves bill that denies minority voters the opportunity to vote. (Brnovich v. DNC)
  • More rights for Facebook. Allows Facebooks to send automated texts. (Facebook Inc. v. Duguid)

Judicial Crisis Network

“Judicial Crisis Network, the primary right-wing group involved in supporting or opposing judicial nominees, has released a hypocritical ad that calls for a nomination to be made to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and for the Republican Senate to quickly confirm the nominee. 

In February 2016, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, JCN launched an ad campaign under the banner “Let the People Decide” that argued that the vacancy’s proximity to the presidential election meant that it should be filled by that election’s winner, rather than by then-President Barack Obama. 

JCN’s blatant hypocrisy around when it’s proper to fill a SCOTUS vacancy in an election year — which conveniently shifts based on what is most politically beneficial for Republicans — comes as prominent conservative media figures and Republican Senators flip their arguments in support of President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy.  JCN pledged to spend $10 to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, after the group received a $17 million donation from an undisclosed supporter, and also spent $10 million in 2017 on efforts to confirm Justice Neil Gorusch.” – Media Matters

Joel Kaplan is a Facebook executive who made headlines when he and his wife showed up at Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing. Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global public policy, is a close personal friend of Kavanaugh’s. He sat in the crowd of Kavanaugh supporters, attracting plenty of notice during the politically explosive hearing.

Joel Kaplan, Facebook

“Joel Kaplan is a Facebook executive who made headlines when he and his wife showed up at Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing. Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global public policy, is a close personal friend of Kavanaugh’s. He sat in the crowd of Kavanaugh supporters, attracting plenty of notice during the politically explosive hearing.

Kaplan was a policy adviser on George W Bush’s 2000 campaign. He went on to work in the Bush administration, serving in different roles throughout both of President Bush’s terms… By 2006, he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy. According to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Kaplan was “responsible for the development and implementation of the Administration’s policy agenda.”

Brett Kavanaugh served in the White House Counsel’s office during the Bush administration and was actively involved in the nomination of Justice Roberts to the Supreme Court.” – Heavy

Elections have consequences. If you don’t like the laws being passed and losing your rights, you have one recourse. Vote and run for elected office.

TakeAway: Follow the dark money that stacks the courts and denies other Americans their right to vote, healthcare and women control over their own bodies.

Deepak
DemLabs

Two sets of laws - one for the rich and one for the poor.
Right wing court packing, Republican style.

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