Amicus Curiae?, or, Deciding to Destroy Democracy, Phase 2

“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest
exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for
a superior moral justification for selfishness.”
– John Kenneth Galbraith

Perhaps Pope Francis can send
a word for the wise to the “five cardinals”
on our Supreme Court bench – all Catholics,
supposedly.  I’m sure he’d speak to them
of justice, of inequality, of poverty
but being lawyers they’ll not listen,
for their concern is for law, not justice;
their concern is for the freedom of the some
who are “more equal than others”
[as the slogan in Animal Farm has it]
than for the freedom of the hoi polloi;
their concern under the Constitution
is not for the poor although the Preamble
says its purpose was – and is – to establish justice
and to promote the general welfare, “general”
meaning the welfare of all our citizens.
They are not even concerned with free speech
except as a pretext for their feckless agenda
as purported “conservatives”, a misnomer
if ever there was one.  For true conservatives
preserve realistic principles and laws;
nor do they ignore the actual effects of decisions
on society qua human persons in unity,
not just as effigies in some legal game,
some perverse intellectual shadow play;
nor do true conservatives care just for those
who are at the top of the heap [our “betters”]
or the fiction of corporate persons,
the only immortal entities on earth.
These five “conservatives” are part
of the great modern day con:
ersatz conservatives playing Tweedledum
to the ersatz liberals’ Tweedledee, when in fact
they’re really Frick and Frack,
and all on Corporatist tethers.

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© Gregory V Driscoll 2014


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