General Colin Powell famously told President George W. Bush about the Pottery Barn Rule when he was considering going to war in Iraq. According to General Powell, the rule states that if you break it then you own it. The same should be true for the United State Supreme Court. The Roberts Court broke the election system in the United States on January 21st, 2010 and they should be held accountable.
In my essay on POST-Globalism, there is a chapter about how the Roberts Court has put its finger on the scales of justice when it comes to economics. It talks about how the Roberts Court is like the Supreme Court for the top 1 percent and transnational corporations. On the other hand, this chapter started out focused on voters’ rights and its impact on economic policy making. They are both equally appropriate.
That changed with the passage of the Texas Voter ID Law. This law has the potential to challenge the 19th Amendment, which prohibits any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. A case will be made to the Roberts Court that the Texas Voter ID Law doesn’t discriminate based on sex, it just discriminates against women who change their names because of marriage or divorce.
If no one else will, then post-globalists need to tell truth to power. The Roberts Court is undermining our more perfect union by consistently ruling against voters’ rights. The Freedom First Mob in Congress and the Paulestinians will argue that this is a strict constructionist view of the constitution. They will most likely remind women and minorities that they did not have the right to vote when the US Constitution was written.
This is what passes for fair and balanced in a Neoliberalism Utopia. The Makers (i.e. rich white guys) get all the privileges and Takers (i.e. everyone else) have to just make do with whatever comes next. By definition, this is what disenfranchisement means. And it’s up to post-globalists to make the case that the Roberts Court will not change unless all Americans have the right to vote and reasonable access to voting facilities.