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  •  Now that we have identified the problem (4+ / 0-)
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    filby, GDbot, ozsea1, Matt Z

    what is the solution?  Our government was built on checks and balances, but there doesn't appear to be anything in the Constitution that addresses the problem of a majority on the Supreme Court ignoring the same.

    What can I do as a citizen when the highest court in the land is being corrupted by the same money that has taken over the other branches of our government?  The more I learn about how our government has turned it's back on the citizens it allegedly represents, the more I realize that it's impossible for the citizens to change the direction we are heading.

    What can I do?  I pay my taxes, I vote, and I advocate whenever possible.  I write letters to my Senators and Representative, but that doesn't seem to have the same impact as letters that come from constituents, and now companies, with large checks attached.

    What can I do now that I realize that my vote really doesn't count for anything, and my representative government has stopped representing the citizens?

    A persons word used to be their contract, now people use contracts to get out of keeping their word.

    by bitpyr8 on Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 10:25:51 AM PDT

    •  Article III Section 1. of the US Constitution (2+ / 0-)
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      OpherGopher, ozsea1

      says the following

      The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office.

      Thus, there is the assumption of "good behavior' which while open to interpretation, nevertheless still applies to all federal judges, including to SC Justices.

      There is also historical precedent. Samuel Chase was impeached in 1805.

      Randian for me means "Prince Randian" from the 1930s horror classic Freaks and is not a reference to libertarianism.

      by Randian on Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 10:35:33 AM PDT

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