Trump conned voters en route to oligarchy
Donald Trump ran for president criticizing the corruption in Washington and touted how he was going to “drain the swamp.” He held rallies stating that he was going to bring control back to the people. The corruption Trump ran against, of course, is due to money and its influence with politicians. Congress’ attempt to alleviate this was blown up by the 5-4 decision Citizens United v. FEC in 2010, where the five conservatives on the Supreme Court ruled that money is the equivalent of speech and that corporations have the same free speech rights as living human beings.
The vacancy on the court after Antonin Scalia’s death provided an opportunity to correct this and reverse this debacle of a decision. This seat should have been filled by President Barack Obama’s pick, Merrick Garland, and the country’s course could have been corrected. Trump’s pick, Neil Gorsuch, has been a strong defender of the decision in Citizens United over the years and will undoubtedly reaffirm it in future rulings even if he refuses to admit as much in the confirmation hearings.
Trump’s voters, who thought they were going to get control of their government again, were conned and now their votes will serve to push that dream permanently out of reach if Trump is allowed to put another conservative on the court. We will truly have the best government that the corporate oligarch’s money can buy.
George M. Hauss, J.D., LL.M.