Preview: The One-Percent Court

September 12, 2012

Because of partisan gridlock in Washington, the Supreme Court has become the most powerful and outspoken branch of government — decisions they make shape our democracy’s fate for generations to come. Now, one has only to look at Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, and the Affordable Care Act rulings to understand why some call it a “one-percent Court” — dedicated by majority rule to preserving the power and influence of a minority of wealthy special interests.

This week on Moyers & Company (check local listings), The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and Jamie Raskin, constitutional law professor and Maryland state senator, join Bill to discuss how the uncontested power of the Supreme Court is changing our elections, our country, and our lives. The two joined forces for a special upcoming issue of The Nation entitled “The One Percent Court.”

“We wanted to bring attention to how this court has empowered the 1% at the expense of the 99%,” says vanden Heuvel. “How it is now working for big business, for corporate power against the interests of ordinary citizens in this country.”

Also on the program, Bill talks with Craig Unger, author of Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, about Rove’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering and collaborations to once again affect the outcome of a presidential election.

“Most people thought he was a creature of the Bush family,” Unger tells Bill. “I think he’s a force more powerful than that.”

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  • gerald berke

    I don’t know that I like Citizens United… but that is the way the justices viewed the constitution. They, like the congress and the president and the constitution itself is what the country is, period. And it can be changed. Consider that the fault might be in the constitution itself…

  • Anonymous

    Your laissez faire attitude about the future of our
    Constitutional Republic borders on treason.
    The Constitution of the United States established a government of the
    people with three separate branches to serve as checks and balances against the
    tyranny of a few. Read the
    document!! The Supreme Court has made
    many wrong minded decisions since its inception, which were overturned by
    future courts, i.e.; Dred Scott decision prior to The Civil War.

    The Constitution has twenty-six amendments, each overturned
    prior decisions of the Court. The first
    ten amendments are called The Bill of Rights. These amendments were added in order to get
    the Constitution ratified by the states.
    Please do yourself a favor and be informed before you post anything on
    the internet. Too many people just
    accept things as they are and never even try to learn about what “We the People”
    can actively do to save this country’s democratic form of government from
    perishing from the face of the earth. If
    this happens and the wealthy corporations and oligarchs succeed in totally
    controlling our government institutions, both federal and state, an
    Oligarchical State will dictate what you can do are say. Orwell’s book:”1984”will be an accurate
    depiction of the future. He just got the
    date wrong.

    We as citizens owe it to our forefathers, who fought and
    died to preserve our way of life, and to our children and grandchildren and to
    posterity, to fight and die for our liberty.
    I don’t want to be part of the generation that allows our Democratic Republic
    to fade away. For what would life be
    without our Freedom!

    Think before posting in the future. You can make a difference! It is up to you to decide what you can do and
    do it.

  • Kelly k

    nobillofrights , while I agree with some of what you wrote, your criticism of the poster, especially the treason comment makes for uncivil discourse, which is something we sorely need. You might try calming down a bit before hitting enter.