Background Briefing: January 20, 2022
SCOTUS Slouches Towards Right Wing Lunacy with a Maskless Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas’s Sole Dissent
We begin on the 12th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision which has unleashed torrents of dark money into our politics and into stacking the Supreme Court with 5 right wing judges hand-picked by the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo with the exception of the sixth on the farthest fringes of the right, Clarence Thomas, who was the sole dissent in an 8 to 1 ruling allowing Trump’s presidential papers to be handed over to the House Select Committee investigation January 6. With Gorsuch, another of Leo’s picks making news because he refuses to wear a mask, thus endangering his fellow justices, we are joined by Lisa Graves, the Executive Director of the new corporate watchdog group True North Research. She has served as a senior advisor in all three branches of the federal government–as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department, as Chief Counsel for Nominations on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a Deputy Chief of the article 3 judges division for the U.S. Courts. We discuss her article at Common Dreams ,”12 Years After Citizens United, the Supreme Court’s Right-Wing Revolution Continues” and the portent that more radical rulings are in the pipeline following the recent 6 to 3 decision to strip the government of its powers to oversee public health during a pandemic.
The Author of Davos Man: How Billionaires Devoured the World