Perverting the Constitution for Power

Written by Robert Parry

picture-9Official Washington’s boilerplate regarding the five right-wing justices on the U.S. Supreme Court is that they are “strict constructionists” who believe in a literal reading of the Constitution. But the reality is that these guys act as if they’ve never read the Constitution and have spent too much time watching Fox News.

For instance, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is widely regarded as the “reasonable centrist” in this group, seems to believe that the Constitution made each state an “independent sovereign.” He used that phrase last Wednesday in oral arguments on whether to strike down the Voting Rights Act and especially Section Five, which requires jurisdictions with histories of racially motivated voter suppression to get federal court permission before changing their voting laws.

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