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If you think Citizens United was bad, just give republicans a chance to pick the next one or more supreme court justices.

Handing corporations free reign to manipulate the political system was only the beginning of the far right’s judicial agenda.

Next in line could be eviscerating the commerce clause which enables the federal government to regulate pollution, food safety and workplace hazards.

A republican white house and senate would treat any high court vacancy as an opportunity to unwind America and return us to the Calvin Coolidge era.

Criticize President Obama all you want but please compare Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

Then take a look at the ages of current justices and consider what’s at stake in 2012.

•Ruth Bader Ginsberg - 78 (Clinton)
•Antonin Scalia - 75 (Reagan)
•Anthony Kennedy - 74 (Reagan)
•Stephen Breyer - 72 (Clinton)
•Clarence Thomas - 62 (Bush Sr.)
•Samuel Alito 61 - (Bush Jr.)
•John Roberts 56 - (Bush Jr.)
•Sonia Sotomayor - 56 (Obama)
•Elena Kagan 51 - (Obama)

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Lou Siegel is a Labor educator and consultant, working with Los Angeles unions in communications, public policy and fundraising

    by laborlou on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 04:48:18 PM PDT

  •  Ginsberg has already hinted at retirement (4+ / 0-)

    within a few years.

    Unfortunately, Scalia will never die.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 04:50:55 PM PDT

  •  The feeling I get from your diary... (0+ / 0-)

    ...belies this:

    Criticize President Obama all you want
  •  Absolutely, this (5+ / 0-)

    Anyone considering not voting for Obama needs to explain to me how a conservative on the Court for the next 20-30 years is worth "sending a message." If Ginsberg were to be replaced with a conservative, we would be royally screwed for the foreseeable future.

    Proud supporter of nuclear power!

    by zegota on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 04:59:41 PM PDT

  •  You have a great point here, but (1+ / 0-)
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    amk for obama

    I bet some people won't get it.

  •  I agree!!! (3+ / 0-)
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    peteri2, amk for obama, chimene

    Look, I have my qualms about some of the things not taken care of by the Prez, but I for damn sure will vote for him next year. There is no way on earth that we should allow those thugs to completely ruin our country. They tried it in the 1800's and thanks to Prez Cleveland it was cut short. They tried again in the early 1900's and were stopped by Teddy. We need to stop them again before they actually succeed this time.

    This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in-T. Roosevelt

    by DoctorRobert on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 05:07:02 PM PDT

  •  If Ginsberg Is Replaced By a Winger It's Over (4+ / 0-)

    for the New Deal conception of governance. We don't actually know that it's not already over, but we'll know right away if the winger majority expands.

    Ginsberg's hinting at retirement; Scalia and Kennedy numerically could easily hang on 10 years, maybe 15, so we really need to hold the White House and Senate into the late 2020's to have just a good chance of breaking the winger Court.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 05:25:32 PM PDT

    •  That's not likely (1+ / 0-)
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      bythesea

      We are likely to lose the Senate within the decade, whether it be 2012 or 2014. We have a good chance of gaining seats in 2016, because a lot of new Senators are in blue and purple states swept in by the red wave.

      But it's not possible to keep a chamber of Congress that long, unless you have some unbreakable majority (which neither side has). It's the natural pendulum of politics.

      Although I would like a less conservative SCOTUS majority, all we can do is luck out and hope a conservative retires during a Democratic White House and Senate.

      People panic too much on this site.

      by thematt523 on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 05:52:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think you are correct (0+ / 0-)

      in you analysis of the situation, however I  don't think it's very likely that Democrats will realistically hold on to both the White House and Senate "into the late 2020's", at least if you mean continuously.   It is incredibly important that a Democrat is the President after the 2012 election.  

  •  These rw "justices" don't even make a pretense (3+ / 0-)
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    peteri2, amk for obama, mconvente

    of being apolitical.  The idea of lifetime appointments was, I thought, to free them from the pressure of politics.  But the effect seems to be to give them the freedom to stick to their ideological and political agenda on into eternity, and stick us with the results.  

    This is bigger than our individual selves and our principles over one issue or another.  It's the life or death of our democratic system, imo.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 05:40:28 PM PDT

  •  Absolutely... (3+ / 0-)
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    amk for obama, sd4david, chimene

    Supreme Court is what I vote.

    While I think Obama has been better than a right winger pres. I really have come to not think that highly of him at all.  Can't stand his appointments:  Summers, etc...  

    Still, I'll vote for him and most any other Democrat.  And also hope people continue to get out in the streets in a bigger and bigger way, cuz Obama isn't going to do what many hope he will.  His appointments say it all.

    Still, I'll vote for him...

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