5 Ways A Romney Supreme Court Could Crush Us

With the Supreme Court term starting in a few weeks, and a presidential election shortly after that, the Center for American Progress has this look at how the nation’s high court could change under the next presidential administration. The differences are not just stunning, they are a reminder of just how much is on the line this election. With four sitting Supreme Court justices over the age of 70, and with the court so closely divided, one or two judicial appointments could significantly shift the American legal landscape. Consider the difference between the kinds of justices President Obama would nominate versus Mitt Romney on the following issues:

1. Anti-Discrimination

In Boy Scouts v. Dale a 5-4 court ruled that organizations can freely ignore state anti-discrimination laws to exclude LGBT members. Since the decision conservative groups have tried to broaden the kinds of activities that would be given similar constitutional protections, including refusal to provide equal employment benefits to employees regardless of gender. Current objections to the contraception mandate in Obamacare bring up similar issues and will likely come before the court in the next year or two.

2. Campaign Finance Reform

The Supreme Court passed on an opportunity to review the horrendous Citizens United decision this term despite the fact that at least two of the justices have spoken publicly about their feeling the case was wrongly decided. And with the importance the ultra-rich and corporate interests place on unregulated political spending they’ve been actively challenging state campaign disclosure requirements which means we can expect the court to revisit the issue at some point soon.

3. Reproductive Rights

If there’s one case conservatives want to see undone it is Roe v. Wade, and with the litany of abortion restrictions on the state level it is a guarantee we will see a direct challenge to Roe. As it stands, the decision is one vote away from being over-turned.

4.  Corporate Accountability

In Cuomo v. Clearinghouse, the conservative wing of the court voted to uphold states’ fair lending laws that excluded the banking industry from their scope. Not surprisingly, the challenged regulations were heavily lobbied for by the banking industry. How do you think Mitt Romney stands on an issue like this?

5. Workers’ Rights

In a slew of closely divided decisions the Supreme Court held in Circuit City v. Adams that workers can be forced to relinquish the right to sue their employer in favor of a corporate-run arbitration system. And in Gross v. FBL Services the court stripped many older workers of their ability to ensure they are not fired or demoted because of their age.


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Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

You are most welcome Evelyn. Glad to be here straightening things out from the distortions and myths this poster prefers to promulgate.

Evelyn W.
Evelyn W5 years ago

@Paul B. as a matter of fact,I do appreciate Michael G speaking for me.In fact I am honored.He has the facts and ability to present very eloquently my opinions. A very heartfelt THANK-YOU Michael G.

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

I think President Obama is coming out in support of Gay and Lesbian people because he wants to protect you bill and wants to stand in support of who you are.

I don't know where you get that Muslim stuff. It's a lie as usual from you. And if it isn't Bill it is because President Obama's Secret Service agents must have discovered that you are a secret practicing Muslim and he wants to protect you as well. And he has been going around the obstructionist GOP because he also knows you are a secret Democrat and he knows you would approve.

The only thing he can't figure out is that if you are so bigoted by your own admission why do you support him so much.

Bill Reese
Bill Reese5 years ago

Campaign reform only for Republicans, but not for Soros or the Unions? How about General Electric or the large solar companies that Obama funded with stimulus money and then went broke while donating money to his campaign.

Obama is all for the Gay and Lesbian groups then the next day he is all for the Muslims and Sharia Law. Of course there are no Gay or Lesbian groups in Islamic countries. I wonder why?
Obama goes around our congress and the US Constitution by using his CZARS and executive orders whenever he decides he needs another groups of voters. His decisions are not based on the economy or jobs, only on voting blocks. He has for 4 years ignored the middle class American and offered them no help in improving their status, only taking away jobs and creating a large unemployment class.

Carla van der Meer

Interesting and scary. Thanks.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago

Absolutely, David K.!

And may I add also that democracies need to ensure representatives from among the people and not self-interests such as those associated with corporations or strongly steeped in the culture of any religious sects, or anything exclusionary or authoritarian?

David King
David King5 years ago

OUR big problem is campaign finance!!!

Until we have campaign finance reform, SANITY IN GOVERNMENT WILL NEVER HAPPEN!

Especially as long as the big oil companies, The NRA, the American war machine companies, Wall Street, and many companies in the health industry are financing the laws that Congress is voting on. We continue to see legislation that makes no "common-sense" for the American people, our economy, our environment, our safety, our future, etc... BUT not only does this legislation get drawn up by the hired lackeys for these companies, BUT IT GETS PASSED (even in a Democratic controlled senate). This also goes for the Supreme Court, as they are not immune to greed, deception, and down and out being bought off! Democrats (I believe) are less likely to KILL the golden goose than Republicans, but they are still responsible for giving these companies more power, more money, more permission to destroy our Earth (our resources, and our way of life), and more permission to poison ALL it's inhabitants. This is a difficult problem to solve, BUT WE HAVE TO! It really is about our survival, and not just about perpetuating the American way of life...

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

Let your voice be heard - VOTE

Carla van der Meer

Taken together these issues point to a very bleak future for the majority should the GOP ever get their way.

Sassy A.
Sassy A5 years ago

More steps backward if Romney wins :-(