By Walter L. Bell, Ph.D.
Of all the questions posed upon this website, this is one of the most important because given our current Supreme Court which has no checks and balances, unlike the Presidency, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, we are well on our way to becoming a feudalistic society where our wealthy citizens control this nation in the way that nations operated before the French Revolution.
During the era of feudalism, the noblemen controlled vast areas of land all over the world. The serfs lived on the vast areas of land and performed all the labor to keep the nobleman’s land profitable. They had no personal rights and were at the mercy of nobleman’s sense of right and wrong concerning their welfare. A woman was expected to submit to the sexual desires of the nobleman. She had no choice and could only resist at her own peril. Men also had little choice except in the skills as carpenters, farmers, and whatever other skills were needed to keep the lands profitable. In short, the only free peoples were the nobility, which at present, in the United States, include only the very wealthy. When the Supreme Court, in the Citizens United ruling declared that there were no limits on the amount of money an individual could spend upon the election of Senator or Representative, the buying of a lackey who would vote as the wealthy patron just to get elected, has turned this nation into politicians who are willing to be bribed in order to get elected. The only solution to this decision is to try to appoint liberal judges to the Supreme Court, but in order to do this we have to have a majority of democrats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, plus have a Democratic President. Also, we have to have a Republican Justice of the Supreme Court resign during the time we have a Democratic majority in all three branches of government. We did very well during the first part of President Obama’s term in office when we had a majority in the House of Representative when we were able to pass the Affordable Care Act. But in off term elections the Democrats go to sleep and do not turn out to vote. This voting pattern has allowed the Republican Party to load the Supreme Court with their own conservative candidates when a Republican President is in Power. The Bush Presidents are responsible for most to the Conservative Justices on the Supreme Court. Clarence Thomas is a glaring example of a black candidate who was not liked by the Black Voters. The loss of Justice Thurgood Marshal, the civil rights hero who became the first African American Supreme Court Justice, to be replaced by Justice Clarence Thomas, during the first Bush Presidency, along with Justice Scalia, Justice Alito, Justice Kennedy, and Chief Justice John Roberts have ensured that our Democracy is in Peril. The rich now rule the United States much as the Robber Barons did during the 1800’s and the early 1900’s, so we now have a choice either get out and vote for candidates who will not be purchased by the wealthy, or accept the present stupidity of the current Supreme Court of the United States who do not believe in voting rights or fair elections. We are now entering the New Age of feudalism in the United States.