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Whitehouse explains it all.

I was listening to this yesterday while I was working. It’s jaw dropping. Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator from Rhode Island and former US Attorney and state Attorney General, laid out why Amy Coney Barrett is up for the Supreme Court vacancy. The forces behind her are using Roe, Gay marriage and the ACA to hide their real purpose.

The real purpose is to ensure that wealthy donors who won’t identify themselves are never held accountable for anything they do.

Whitehouse shows how donors whose identities are scrubbed are having their wishes carried out by the Supreme Court in 4 areas:

  1. Unlimited money to campaigns. (Citizens United)
  2. Weakening Civil Juries
  3. Weakening Regulatory Agencies
  4. Suppressing the vote

It’s a little unfortunate that the video has an MSNBC label on it. Presumably, Fox also has a recording. Nevertheless, this video is well worth the time. It’s not hard to understand. It’s sure as hell not boring.

His entire presentation is something like 28 minutes long. This is the last 9 minutes that doesn’t cover him following the money to Leonard Leo and Carrie Severino. I’d heard of Leo before but slightly. I don’t know anything about Carrie Severino but I have a feeling we’re all going to find out a lot more about her in the coming days.

I don’t think that Whitehouse is saying that there is never any reason for the Supreme Court to overturn legislation.

What he’s saying is that the dark money that got 5 ultra conservative judges to the court is paying off in a lopsided number of rulings in favor of the invisible donors who are interested in the four areas listed above. The rulings are 80-0 with the Roberts 5 outnumbering the other four justices in 80 out of 80 cases that cover those 4 areas listed.

Donors Trust wouldn’t be nearly this successful without its allies in the media. I think we all know who those media actors are who make our regulatory agencies look ridiculous and have succeeded with voter suppression via reducing African Americans and Democratic voters to non-persons. You can’t take a right away from someone unless you don’t think they deserve it and right wing media has been very good at telling its audience who doesn’t deserve it. How does Donors Trust filter down to radio and TV mouthpieces?

Yesterday’s hearing was so eye opening in many ways. Amy Coney Barrett was gently but thoroughly exposed over and over again. Nothing is sacred to her except the fetus. All of our other institutions and things we take for granted, like the peaceful transfer of power, are negotiable. There is more to say on her answer and her irritation with her questioners tomorrow. Amy Klobuchar really got under her skin. Every once in awhile, Barrett’s overachiever soccer mom facade slips and we see the cold, automaton jurist who knows what outcome is expected of her and will simply write an opinion that will fit that outcome. Her only concern is that she needs to figure out ways to tell the general public why they’re getting screwed in a way that is final and parental and yet palatable.

I feel sorry for her kids.