Daily Archives: May 1, 2015


Chief Justice Roberts Admits Conservatives Believe Politicians Should Serve The Rich

Politicus USA has the article Chief Justice Roberts Admits Conservatives Believe Politicians Should Serve The Rich.

Although it appeared that all of the Court’s conservatives believe campaign finance laws and regulations have outlived their relevance in American politics, Roberts agreed with liberals that “States may regulate judicial elections differently than they regulate political elections, because the role of judges differs from the role of politicians. Politicians are expected to be responsive to the preferences of their supporters. Indeed, such responsiveness is key to the very concept of self-governance through elected officials. The same is not true of judges. In deciding cases, a judge is not to provide any special consideration to his campaign donors. Our precedents applying the First Amendment to political elections have little bearing on the issues here.”

No, I am afraid that Roberts does not understand the role of politicians and what we expect of them. He also misunderstands the “very concept of self-governance through elected officials.” The article does not specify exactly what Roberts fails to understand. So let me explain exactly what is wrong with what Roberts says. Politicians are expected to be responsive to the voters. That is why the election officials are supposed to count ballots, not campaign contributions to decide who wins an election.

Supporters and donors are important because they help you get votes, but it is the votes and voters who cast them that are supposed to have the final say. If you get the votes, but consistently fail to look out for the interests of the people who voted to make you win the election, then this is a failure of self-governance. This type of politician is not giving proper consideration to the selves that are supposed to be governing through the representation of the people that they elect.

With all the supposed advice and consent of the Senate, how do we select Supreme Court Justices that have so little understanding of what our Constitution says?


Bernie Sanders out-raises Republicans in first day of campaign

The Ed Show has the article Bernie Sanders out-raises Republicans in first day of campaign. I suppose the horse-racey type of coverage of the campaign can be heartening to the fans of Bernie Sanders. I’d much rather watch the issue oriented interview that went along with the article. The issues are what will get him elected. Coverage of his money raising should only be interesting to a small number of inside players.

If you watch the video in my previous post Bernie Sanders’ Press Conference Announcing His Candidacy, you will hear these words from Bernie Sanders.

And I say this to the media. I hate and detest these 30 second ugly negative ads. I believe that in a democracy, what elections are about are serious debates about serious issues, not political gossip, not making campaigns into soap operas, This is not the Red Sox versus the Yankees. This is the debate over major issues facing the American people. … But I would hope, and I ask the media’s help on this, allow us to discuss the important issues facing the American people and let’s not get hung up on political gossip, or the other soap opera aspects of modern campaigns.


WATCH: Baltimore Prosecutor Charges Six Police Officers, Calls Freddie Gray’s Death a “Homicide” 1

Democracy Now broadcast the video and has an article WATCH: Baltimore Prosecutor Charges Six Police Officers, Calls Freddie Gray’s Death a “Homicide”.

Watch full press conference by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby when she announced charges against six police officers, including one with murder, in the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African-American man who was arrested and suffered a fatal neck injury while riding in a moving police van.

I was pleased to see how professionally this conference was handled. I appreciated very much The absence of any attempt to justify the behavior of the officers involved. At the same time, it was well worth hearing the respect that Marilyn Mosby showed for the presumably good police personnel that work for the various agencies in Baltimore.

Now I have some hope that justice will be done.