A High Court for the High and Mighty

Check out Anthony's Op-Ed in the Roanoke Times, written mainly in response to the Supreme Court rulings back in late June. Here's an excerpt; you can read the full piece here. 


For most of human history, the well-being of everyday people has held little to no importance for those in power. The rich and powerful have, to varying degrees, ruled primarily to ensure and expand their own wealth and power. That was true of the monarchies we rebelled against at the founding of this nation, and it is still all-too-common today.

That’s why the fundamental insight of democracy — or of a democratic republic in our case — was so revolutionary: that common folk, whatever their economic status, had just as much claim, just as much right to select their representatives and to shape the rules and policies that govern their lives. One person, one vote; equality under the law; Of the people, by the people, for the people.

Though they varied in their visions of how this egalitarianism should be achieved, the Founders ultimately created a constitution whose most basic purpose was to ensure and, over time, expand this democracy. Jefferson, Madison, Adams and the others were themselves elites, but they understood that unchecked economic power invariably led to overwhelmingly concentrated political power; and that the federal government must provide the ultimate check on elite power, or a monarchy of the rich would surely ensue.
 


Read the whole thing here.