Presentation on theme: "IOW. 1886 …A time of railroads, manifest destiny, the wild west, and Robber Barons!"— Presentation transcript:
1886 …A time of railroads, manifest destiny, the wild west, and Robber Barons!
Chief Justice Morrison Remick Waite Served the Supreme Court from
The 14 th Amendment “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws…”
Waite quoted Marshall: “The framers did not intend to restrain states in the regulation of their civil institutions, adopted for internal government, and…the instrument they have given us is not to be so construed.” - Chief Justice John Marshall.
Santa Clara decision 1886
To Judge Waite from John CB Davis, May 25, 1886: ‘The court stated that it did not wish to hear argument on the question whether the 14 th Amendment applies to such corporations as are parties in these suits…. All the judges were of the opinion that it does.’
Reply From Judge Waite to Court Reporter Davis: “I leave it to you to determine whether anything need be said about it in the report, inasmuch as we avoided meeting the constitutional question in the decision.”
Roscoe Conkling “the finest torso in public life, topped by a handsome red-bearded head” Enormously confident and powerful political boss, and NY State Senator. The Ahnold Schwartzenegger of his time…
Pals of the Koch Brothers Accepted hospitality from The Oklahoma billionaires while deliberating Citizens United!
Justice Stephen J. Field Served the Supreme Court from Field was extremely pro-business with a terrible record on racial issues.
Abraham Lincoln: “ …corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow… -- Nov. 21, 1864 … Letter to Col. Wm. F. Elkins
Abraham Lincoln: “The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign….. until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed.” -- Nov. 21, 1864 … Letter to Col. Wm. F. Elkins
John Norton Pomeroy “State Rights Nationalist” and friend of Stephen Field. The Joe McCarthy of his day.
The Roberts Court
Waite on Santa Clara: No rationale for Constitutional rights for corporations…. A clear distinction exits between natural persons and artificial creations of government.
Waite’s Advice to Roberts Court: Think: “WHY ME?” Not “What’s in it for me?”
A vibrant participatory democracy has never been more necessary. Citizen activism for the sake of our nation is patriotic and essential to the continued existence of our nation.
Join us! It will take ALL of us working in a non- partisan way to get the money out of our government and return to self governance!