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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse spelled it out for us. We need to be competitive in the Supreme Court.

We can win the House, we can win the Senate, we can win the WH, but if we are underrepresented in the Supreme Court, in today's politics it doesn't matter. If you did not see the Senator's live presentation I've posted a video. It's only 24 minutes and it's a must see.

Given Senator Whitehouse's presentation regarding dark money and anonymous Amicus benefactors to RW issues, we must fight back. If we win back the Senate and WH, it's time to take off the gloves and take back our country. No more trying to be accommodating and working across the aisle. We've played that game since Ronald Reagan and it has done absolutely nothing for us. Yes we've passed bills, but these dark money RW groups fund amicus briefs to present to the courts to overturn those that impede their agendas. In some cases purposely losing in lower courts so they can appeal to higher courts, and eventually the Supreme Court, where a 5-4 majority ruled in their favor.

Now we are completely toothless. We have no standing in the SC. It's 6-3 in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. We must increase the seats on the SC. Even if we increase it by 2 we're still disadvantaged 6-5.

But it gives us a fighting chance. If we don't do something every single progressive, socially enlightened law passed in the past 40 years will be challenged. What really opened my eyes was when the Senator stated 80 RW Amicus briefs had been heard by the SC and all 80 won. That is horrifying

I know Joe Biden is not on board with increasing the Senate, but we must. If we don't, even with Republicans in the minority in the American population, they will rule.

Excerpt from Sen Whitehouse's presentation.
But there is another piece of it, and that is not what’s ahead of us, but what’s behind us. What’s behind us is now 80 cases, Mr. Chairman, 80 cases under Chief Justice Roberts that have these characteristics. One, they were decided five to four by a bare majority. Two, the five-to-four majority was partisan in the sense that not one Democratic appointee joined the five. I refer to that group as the “Roberts Five.”

It changes a little bit as–with Justice Scalia’s death, for instance – but there’s been a steady “Roberts Five” that has delivered now 80 of these decisions. And the last characteristic of them is that there is an identifiable Republican donor interest in those cases, and in every single case, that donor interest won. It was an 80 to zero, 5 to 4 partisan rout, ransacking.


Link to full transcribed Sen Whitehouse Presentation:
https://www.exposedbycmd.org/2020/10/13/senator-whitehouse-calls-out-dark-money-networks-behind-amy-coney-barretts-scotus-nomination/


Video, Full Presentation.

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