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Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, offers his view of interpreting the Constitution.
I think the fact that disagreements in Supreme Court deliberations are expressed without raised voices or insults is 1 of the best arguments for allowing them to be televised. Given the state of politics today, it would set a good example!
the decision by the 5 greatly reduced the legitimacy of us government to the degree we see today where a small minority dictates to the majority. of those 5, at least 4 should have recused themselves. we now have in the world become a caricature of democracy, gassing unarmed peaceful demonstrators routinely.
justice breyer is 100% correct. but the effect of gore vs bush has been profoundly anti-democratic. BTW, justice oconnor is wrong. the journalist recounts have proven a total recount would have given gore the election. IF the Florida Supreme Court had enforced its decision as directed by the US Supreme Court, Gore would be president. Her snarkyness is insulting from a Supreme Court justice. And the arrogance of those justices since has only furthered the decline in government legitimacy.
To the degree that in the congress itself the president is insulted to his face. To the degree that a sitting Vice President uses foul language in the Senate in session from the chair. To the degree that now rights once applied to humans are denied so that zygotes and multi-billion dollar foreign corporations can be given them. To the degree that corporations commit murder literally, such as BP, repeatedly in Louisiana Alaska Texas, tried and found guilty, but they can go on and buy and sell our elections.
99% vs 1% is the issue: government by the people, and that no longer exists in the USA, because of Gore vs Bush. that is the issue.
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