The early part of this century will leave a story for the future of a long series of pro-corporate rulings from the Supreme Court. Among the decisions that will leave a negative legacy on this nation are those that restricted the EPA’s ability to keep our waters safe and clean.
Right-wing extremists started targeting the courts 30-40 years ago. They wanted only the judges that agreed with their fringe worldview to be seated – at all levels. As a result, the nations’ courts have moved steadily toward a solid pro-corporate stance, much as our legislators and executives have done. Too few voters realize the extent of judges’ decisions have on their lives since they’re not required to face the people to continue on the bench. Lifetime appointees can rule on issues that affect millions for decades. The Bush regime was, perhaps, the group that realized this most accurately. Note their nomination of Alito and Roberts; both were very young, very ideologically rigid men. No matter who else is nominated to the Supreme Court, the Court will be heavily influenced by these two for three or more decades to come.