“Letters from an American” Professor Heather Cox Richardson’s column today I find interesting and hopefully AB readers do also.
Professor Cox Richardson’s first topic of the day discusses the Justice system and how it is being influenced by political moneyed interests.
Her second topic touches on McConnell warning Democrats not to change the filibuster. McConnell’s warning comes across as a threat not just to Democrats but to all Americans.
I have added a Medscape topic discussing vaccinations and requiring people to be vaccinated.
The last topic is Republicans whining about the military defending women soldier’s capabilities from Tucker Carlson’s prejudice.
The Role of Big Money in Our Justice System
First, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has asked the Justice Department, now overseen by Attorney General Merrick Garland, to look into the unusual circumstances through which Brett Kavanaugh’s large debts disappeared before his nomination to the Supreme Court. While this question is important to understanding Kavanaugh’s position on our Supreme Court, it is more than that:
it is part of a larger investigation into the role of big money in our justice system.
Last May, Whitehouse, along with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), released a report titled
“Captured Courts: The GOP’s Big Money Assault On The Constitution, Our Independent Judiciary, And The Rule of Law.”
It outlined how the “Conservative Legal Movement has rewritten federal law to favor the rich and powerful,” how the Federalist Society and special-interest money control our courts, and how the system benefits the big-money donors behind the Republicans.
On March 10, Whitehouse began hearings to investigate the role of big money in Supreme Court nominations and decisions. Aside from Chief Justice John Roberts, every Supreme Court justice named by a Republican president has ties to the Federalist Society, a group that advocates an originalist interpretation of the Constitution, which prohibits the use of the courts to regulate business or to defend civil rights.
While the Kavanaugh story that is getting media attention, the longer story is whether our courts have been bought.
McConnell Threatening America Over the Filibuster