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Supreme Court conservatives
are playing a long game

Los Angeles Times, by David Savage

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Posted By:FlyRight, 7/6/2014 7:41:49 AM

The Supreme Court led by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. showed again this year that it is playing a long game, writing opinions that move the law in small but steady steps in a conservative direction.At first glance, many of its decisions appear modest, and the justices themselves downplayed them as narrow and tightly targeted. But they also set the stage for broader rulings, and liberals voiced concern about their long-term impact.Many rely on well-established rights, such as freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, but extend those rights for the first time to corporations, wealthy donors and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dwa, 7/6/2014 7:59:24 AM     (No. 9912587)

What idiots like writers for the LATimes don´t seem to get is that the "conservative" justices are for the most part relying on the Constitution for the basis of their decisions (though what Roberts was thinking on Obamacare is anyones guess). The liberals on the other hand are looking at international law, feelings etc, not the Constitution. The Constitution puts too much restraint on the agenda of the Left. The liberal justices and the left believe in the rule of man, not the rule of law cause the former can be changed as will to suit what they want.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 7/6/2014 8:02:15 AM     (No. 9912590)

Savage is worried about stealth conservatism when really, it´s the other way around.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/6/2014 8:02:17 AM     (No. 9912591)

Ask career Integrationists what they think of incrementalism.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 7/6/2014 8:33:34 AM     (No. 9912625)

By ´conservative direction´ does the writer mean reading and applying the actual language of the Constitution and statutes?

Those radicals!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/6/2014 8:56:15 AM     (No. 9912644)

Apply the Constitution which founded the Republic and its real meaning which established its legitimate government to actual governance. What an extreme, radical out of mainstream idea!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: marthaville, 7/6/2014 9:19:04 AM     (No. 9912664)

Perhaps Mr. Savage would prefer that the Supreme Court determine all First Amendment rights apply only to individuals. Then the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, and every other newspaper and media outlet operating in corporate form would no longer have First Amendment rights attributed to freedom of the press. Now that would change the course of our nation.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: shamus, 7/6/2014 9:47:48 AM     (No. 9912688)

Only those suffering under the delusion that there is free stuff that they can get could care about "employer provided birth control".

The employer isn´t providing birth control. Money earned by the employee is used to buy birth control. Since employees pay either way, it make no difference whether employees forgo earnings or pay out of pocket. Both outcomes are identical.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Avikingman, 7/6/2014 10:18:01 AM     (No. 9912715)

Riiiight.
When a bankrupt town can seize your property because it needs the cash (Kelo vs New London), eminent domain was as distorted as Roberts´ jujitsu on the Unaffordable Care Act.

The Supremes have a long way back and with Barky around, we worry.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: WAN2, 7/6/2014 10:25:41 AM     (No. 9912723)

One lousy vote seals our fate.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 7/6/2014 10:32:00 AM     (No. 9912729)

I still think the decision that Roberts made gives us an opportunity. The many charges in Obamacare, if a tax, must be illegal because they do not meet the requirments as to how a tax can be proposed and passed. Maybe the problem is one of standing. There must be a way. Maybe in addition to filing the proposed suit by the House of Representatives that Obama has injured the House by usurping its powers it should add that these taxes are illegal because they did not originate in the House.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TulsaTowner, 7/6/2014 11:27:20 AM     (No. 9912783)

The problem #12, is that the Republican party must take action on this opportunity, and we all know they will not. Americans are left to twist in the wind while our freedoms are rapidly eroded by the left and the Republican establishment ruling class.

Ughh!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Smart11344, 7/6/2014 11:42:15 AM     (No. 9912799)

Skunk Savage another crybaby far leftist who is not getting his way. Get over it. Real America has gotten extremely tired of leftist activist judges and courts. Just look how many cases have been overturned after the 9th circuit court went off the deep end on many of their rulings.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: M Stuart, 7/6/2014 11:53:42 AM     (No. 9912804)

Stupid premise.

When Congress & Feds made themselves exempt from 0bamacare & managed to hold onto their jobs, we lost!

They blather, but they are not affected. Our guy Rep.Scott even had the nerve to say that they needed 0bamacare to retain the talent in their offices!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mitzi, 7/6/2014 11:53:42 AM     (No. 9912803)

Many rely on well-established rights, such as freedom of speech and free exercise of religion, but extend those rights for the first time to corporations, ...

According to Wiki, corporations are treated as "persons" under contract law - how can that same criteria not apply to First Amendment rights? Nothing new about corporate personhood.

While the headnote is not part of the Court´s opinion and thus not precedent, two years later, in Pembina Consolidated Silver Mining Co. v. Pennsylvania – 125 U.S. 181 (1888), the Court clearly affirmed the doctrine, holding, "Under the designation of ´person´ there is no doubt that a private corporation is included [in the Fourteenth Amendment]. Such corporations are merely associations of individuals united for a special purpose and permitted to do business under a particular name and have a succession of members without dissolution."[3] This doctrine has been reaffirmed by the Court many times since.

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