The dominating significance of the mid-term American legislative elections just finished has been the occasion's dramatic confirmation of the corruption of the American electoral system. This disastrous state of affairs is the product of two Supreme Court decisions and before that, of the repeal under the Reagan Administration, of the provision in the Federal Communications Act of 1934, stipulating the public service obligations of radio (and subsequently, of television) broadcasters in exchange for the government s concession to them of free use in their businesses of the public airways.
Keith and Josh Harkinson, staff reporter at Mother Jones, discuss today s Occupy protests at courthouses in more than 100 cities - and what it would take to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
In order for the American judicial system to function effectively within our democratic system, judges must be perceived as impartial, independent arbiters, guided by legal precepts rather than partisan or personal motives, and unencumbered by conflicts of interest. As the Code of Conduct for United States Judges explains, "An independent and honorable judiciary is indispensible to justice in our society."