Ginsburg: Citizens United is ‘Worst Ruling’ of Supreme Court

Juliet Lapidos comments on a recent New Republic interview in which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is asked to name “the worst ruling the current Court has produced.”

Lapidos: “It looks as though Justice Ginsburg didn’t hesitate at all in choosing Citizens United.”

Ginsburg: “If there was one decision I would overrule, it would be Citizens United. I think the notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be. So that’s number one on my list.”

“That statement gets at what’s so frustrating about Citizens United: The fact that it should have been bleedingly obvious to the majority that the deregulation of the campaign finance system would be harmful to democracy. Of course there’s a ‘connection between money and influence on what laws get passed.’ How could anyone think otherwise?”

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  • Zornorph

    The worst ruling in recent years is Kelo v. New London. Where Ginsburg shamefully voted that it was right for an old woman’s property to be stolen by land developers.

  • Dave Imrett

    So, I should not be able to buy an add in the newspaper, or on TV to express my point of view? So only the people that own TV stations and newspapers have opinions that matter? And the government (which is always controlled by someone who desperately wants to maintain that control) should get to decide who is going to have their say, and how often? That sounds like a great setup if you want a new Soviet Union. It definitely does not sound like freedom to me.

    • Mike

      By this logic, we shouldn’t have any laws about obscenity, campaign finance, libel, slander, etc. What is it with conservative viewpoints and absolutist rhetoric? Is there something about a realistic and practical solution that scares you guys?

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