Glen Greenwald was on ABC’s This Week, Sunday, to discuss his opposition, as a progressive and a liberal, to the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Since the vast majority of progressives are backing Obama on his nomination, keep in mind the recent Supreme Court ruling which lifted campaign finance restrictions on corporations, veering us head on into a country of, by, and for the corporation.
Justice John Paul Stevens, whom Kagan would replace should she be confirmed, said of this recent ruling from which he was a dissenting vote, “The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court’s disposition of this case.” *1
The corporation is not a person, but current law unjustly makes this an operative condition, yet we know nothing of how Kagan would have voted in such a case and in addition she appears to be further to the right than John Paul Stevens.
What of the efforts of the Obama administration to reduce the Miranda Rights of American citizens? What of the issues of executive power? She wrote a paper in 2001 apparently promoting the philosophy of the unitary executive, which the Bush administration used in order to back his extensive grab for more presidential powers. Do we really want another Justice on the Court supporting such views? *2
Please watch the segment of Glen Greenwald on ABC’s This Week and please, also watch an interview of Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill with Laura Flanders about the corporate media and journalism. I found interesting a story Jeremy Scahill tells about an experience he had with Tom Brokaw and Leslie Stahl back in 1999.