Warren: SCOTUS âtoo far rightâ
Our girlâs gonna get herself killed if she keeps giving speeches like this:
LOS ANGELES â Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka denounced the United States Supreme Court on Sunday as a right-wing panel that serves the interests of corporate America, previewing a theme that is likely to rise in prominence with the approach of the 2016 election.
On the opening day of the AFL-CIOâs convention, Warren â the highest-profile national Democrat to address the gathering here â warned attendees of a âcorporate capture of the federal courts.â
In a speech that voiced a range of widely held frustrations on the left, Warren assailed the Court as an instrument of the wealthy that regularly sides with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She cited an academic study that called the current Supreme Courtâs five conservative-leaning justices among the âtop 10 most pro-corporate justices in half a century.â
âYou follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later youâll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business,â Warren said, drawing murmurs from the crowd.
[...] Warren drew some of the loudest applause of her precisely worded, sharply enunciated speech with a statement of skepticism about upcoming trade deals â debates that may pit big labor and liberal members of the Senate against the Obama administration.
âWall Street, pharmaceuticals, telecom, big polluters and outsourcers are all salivating at the chance to rig upcoming trade deals in their favor,â Warren said. âIâve heard people actually say that [trade deals] have to be secret because if the American people knew what was going on, they would be opposed.â
She continued: âI believe that if people would be opposed to a particular trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not happen.â
If the overall tone of Warrenâs speech was relatively grim â not the kind of podium-pounding, emotive address that brings crowds to their feet â she closed with a riff that drew a standing ovation, proclaiming to the audience the good news that they have an electoral mandate to enact their agenda.
âI am proud to stand with you, to march with you, to fight with you,â she said. âOur agenda is Americaâs agenda and if we fight for it, we win.â
Thanks to Colleen Kirby Attorney at Law.