Friday, April 24, 2009

Worst U.S. Supreme Court Rulings Ever

1. A person can be property (Dred Scott v. Sanford)

2. Property can be a person (Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad)

3. "Separate but equal" justification for racial segregation (Plessy v. Ferguson)

4. Money is speech (Buckley v. Valeo)

2 comments:

Andre said...

Ok, here are my comments.
1. Dread v. Sanford=NO HUMAN VALUE

2. Santa v. SP=a LESSER HUMAN VALUE

3. Plessy v. Fergusen= DISCRIMINATION OF HUMAN VALUE

4. Buckley v.Valeo=
DISCRIMINATION BY ACTUAL VALUE

And we claim to VALUE freedom and liberty more than any other nation, and perhaps correctly, when it comes to the freedom and liberty to deny the fundamental rights of an individual citizen by these rulings which take away equal protection.
Thanks for putting these up in front of us---we need to remember to fight for our EQUAL rights!

Andre Ryland

Clyde Winter said...

I'll be interested and surprised to see if anyone can make a decent case that any other U.S. Supreme Court decision should rank worse than these four.

The number 2 example (Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific RR) is an especially interesting and outrageous one, for at least two reasons.

One was the way in which the historically most important part of that decision came about. (It was merely asserted, as reported by a clerk, and never received public testimony or an actual recorded vote of the Justices.)

Two was how the above "determination" blatantly and radically subverted the legislative intent of the 14th Amendment.

See my article ("How Wisconsin Legislators Voted on Ending Legalized Bribery") discussing the far-reaching consequences of two of these four appalling rulings you have spotlighted for us.

(This article was the last one I submitted for publication in my regular newspaper column. It was not published, and my column was canceled, thus ending my series meant to examine the Wisconsin legislature.

clydewinter.wordpress.com/2008/06/05/how-wisconsin-legislators-voted-on-ending-legalized-bribery/