Hightower Lowdown | Why are we letting corporate Supremists steal our democracy from us?

Good grief! Is there no code of ethics outlawing such rank conflicts of interest for federal judges? Yes. But, conveniently, Supreme Court justices have been exempted from the code.

via Hightower Lowdown | Why are we letting corporate Supremists steal our democracy from us?.

Jim Hightower really pegs these "men" as enemies of the people, enemies of the "commoners" and the poor whom Jesus taught to always remember. Not every poor person is good, of course. The point though is that many are. Many are innocent and simply oppressed by the takers (the self-authorized rich in mammon). It should be obvious to anyone who has read about the garbage these few so-called justices have been up to ("down to" rather than "up to" is more like it) that they are enemies of righteousness.

It's painful to say it, but Clarence Thomas's corruption is so blatant that it's just amazing he hasn't been removed. Society is at a low ebb in terms of integrity and what it demands of those who would sit in the judgment seat.

As a Christian, I would much rather see Clarence repent and atone than be removed; but short of his repenting and atoning (trying diligently), the people should remove him. Some of the others too have clearly and wittingly violated even the lowest standards of ethics for sitting judges.

I say all of that freely admitting that I have made more than my "fair" share of mistakes. I am not being hypocritical.

The people are supporting or allowing a corrupt system. It is a reflection. If it were up to me, I would say no to the takers, not to punish them but to protect the innocent. It is the state of salvation, deliverance. Deliver us from evil. That means deliver us from the selfish and greedy. Deliver us from those who take the rightful inheritance of others/all.


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    • Steve Tanton

      You provide us with plenty of subjectivity but few facts. It seems you may have this backwards as you feature only the conservative justices. I agree (if you mean it that way) that Roberts got the Obamacare decision wrong, but Geez Louise, you say this stuff and claim to be a Christian? I'm baffled. I see it the other way. (Besides, referencing Hightower as support is a lot like referencing Robert Reich for economics, or anything for that matter.)

      • Hightower's points about the Court and corporatism are backed up by clear statements, all of which may be easily substantiated by anyone willing to look around just a bit. What points were backed up by incorrect information that he held out as facts?

        As for the Obamacare decision, you're about a year off.

        You have some idea that Christianity is wed to Republican "conservatism" or what? Based upon the little you wrote, I strongly suspect you know very little about Christianity; but I'm willing to be disabused.

        I cite Hightower and Reich without agreeing with either on everything.

        There are times I agree with Scalia, for instance (rarely but nevertheless).

        Do you understand which site you're on here? Do you see the name?

        It would be extremely refreshing if anyone would try to find out first the basis of this site before tossing out a comment or a raft of them. In fact, in the more than a half dozens years it's been here, not one person has shown the brains to do it.