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Federalist Society

Federalist Society


Read and watch:  The coordinated and stealth moves that have been made by the right since the early 1970’s to effectively stop gains by the left and control the legal and economic paths within the American democracy are really quite amazing.  What makes you marvel even more as you begin to learn about one piece or another is how comprehensive and well executed the hole effort has been.  I advocate for the Move To Amend initiative and continue to learn more about the evils of “corporate person-hood” all the time, but there are so many pieces in the puzzle that have lead to that overwhelming misapplication of the US constitution it is just amazing.  While listing some of the early conservative tools, I talked about The Powell Memorandum and ALEC as being extremely significant and they are.  Recently, however, I stumbled on another tool that began early as well and has had and continues to have massive influence over our laws and particularly the conservative application of our laws all the way to the Supreme Court.  That tool is called the Federalist Society, an organization that began in the early 1980’s and a couple of it’s earliest members are two people you may be familiar with: Lewis Powel (Powell Memo & previous Supreme Court) and Samuel Alito (current Supreme Court) but there are many more also positioned to influence laws.  The Federalist Society doesn’t act like a traditional political group seeking power would.  It doesn’t lobby, file briefs and other common methods.  Instead it focuses on indirect methods: strict training of lawyers (eventual judges) to think and apply the law according to a certain interpretation of the constitution – “originalist” interpretations.  Once on the bench they can and do affect changes in law.

To learn more on this watch the two videos below or read the book by Amanda Hollis-Brusky, “Ideas With Consequences – the Federalist Society and Conservative Counterrevolution”.


Thom Hartman interview on the Federalist Society

Interview with Amanda Hollis-Brusky

author of “Ideas With Consequences – the Federalist Society and Conservative Counterrevolution”

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ACA Battle in King vs Burwell

 ACA - King vs Burwell  Read this:  If you are into statistics, this analysis by Brainwrap found in The Daily KOS, will give you some actual numbers as to who is going to be affected if the Supreme Court rules for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell.  He emphasizes saying “It’s important to note that ‘currently’ the caveat means that this only refers to the 6.5 million who would be directly screwed; this doesn’t include the indirect casualties, which would likely add another 6.5 million to the pile.”

Daily KOS Article

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It’s The Supreme Court Stupid – That’s You and Me!

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Read this:  This article from The Daily KOS, by Mark E Andersen, shows where our focus should really be in the 2016 race for the Presidency of the United States.  Talk is already rampant as to the Pros and Cons of this candidate or that candidate.  The Democrats say Hillary is too … or not … enough.  The media is busy making these issues much bigger than they deserve and many issues really have no place in a presidential campaign at all.  But the message is controlled by roughly 4 giant media corporations and unless you spend a little time, to find other sources, that is all you will hear.  But “None of that matters. If she is the nominee, we must support her whether or not we think she is the establishment candidate or the corporate candidate. Why? The U.S. Supreme Court. The next president will likely nominate several Supreme Court justices.”  If the Democratic candidate (assumng Hillary) loses, “the Supreme Court will tilt right for the foreseeable future.”  If the court becomes more conservative the climate is in big trouble, inequality will jump to the next level and “We The People” will continue to shrink as the all important “Corporations” rape and pillage unchecked, writing their own laws and rewarding the powerful.  This is truly something that should not be ignored.  This is the time to put on your Populist hat and do the right thing.
 

 

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Is a new American political system developing before our eyes?

 We the People - Declaration of Ind
Read this: This article in The Nation magazine, by Tom Engelhardt is very good.  It suggests that “based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name.”  He points to 5 areas of note:
  1. Elections – unprecedented money, voter suppression and inequality,
  2. The Privatization of the State (or the U.S. as a Prospective Third-World Nation) – Though the marriage of the state and the corporation has a pre-history, the full-scale arrival of the warrior corporation only occurred after 9/11.”,
  3. The De-legitimization of Congress and the Presidency – “all that ‘small government’ Republicans and ‘big government’ Democrats can agree on is offering essentially unconditional support to the military and the national security state”,
  4. The Rise of the National Security State as the Fourth Branch of Government – “Its growing ability to surveil and spy on a global scale, including on its own citizens, puts the totalitarian states of the twentieth century to shame.
  5. The Demobilization of the American People – “Everything we once learned in the civics textbooks of our childhoods about how our government works now seems askew, while the growth of poverty, the flatlining of wages, the rise of the .01%, the collapse of labor, and the militarization of society are all evident.”
 

 

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