“Wisconsin used to be the laboratory of democracy. Now we’re the laboratory of plutocracy.”
The quote above is from Matthew Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Executive Director, from an address ““Let’s Give the Pendulum a Shove” on Saturday, April 11, in Milltown, Wisconsin, at the Jefferson-La Follette-Dueholm Dinner.
The laboratory of plutocracy and John Doe
The last breath of hope to end Scott Walker’s devastating reign on Wisconsin is to reveal the truth behind his rise to power in order to indict him. Oh and how people long for justice to fall on Scott Walker. All is contained within the secret John Doe investigation. So, why is it so difficult to get to the the truth when it is so glaringly obvious – that Scott Walker did know about and had an active hand in the secret email network within a few yards of his Milwaukee Executive office? Because Citizens United has morphed and metastasized into a vertical and horizontal corporate machine – a plutocracy. Not only are unlimited funds being flooded into miscreant election activities, but into new and nefarious activities to control the courts.
At the time of “Wisconsin Uprising” sparked as a reaction to Act 10, progressives held on to hope that the arc of the moral universe would bend toward justice – until it sprung back and hit us in the face causing a concussive injury from which the body politic is still reeling. As you remember, Act 10 survived the injunction on June 14, 2011 by a ruling of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It came like a sting, a slap in the face, to understand that the judicial branch of government was every bit as partisan, biased, and bigoted as the Walker administration, and the legislature.
Citizens United – including the Koch Bros., Bradley Foundation, Club for Growth, Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce were given a seat in the Wisconsin Supreme Court
Actually it was one year before the ruling on Act 10 when the ground work was laid to open the floodgates for money to poor in and corrupt the judicial process.
On July 7, 2010 – Justice Roggensack and the three other conservatives on the bench ruled that, “a judge shall not be required to recuse himself or herself in a proceeding based solely on any endorsement or the judge’s campaign committee’s receipt of a lawful campaign contribution, including a campaign contribution from an individual or entity involved in the proceeding.” The ruling, which was met with an angry dissent from Chief Justice Abrahamson and the other liberal justices, dictates that a justice can rule on a case—or at least cannot be forced to recuse himself—even if one of the parties in the case contributed to that justice’s campaign committee.Daily Beast
Now, the justices were no longer expected or required to recuse themselves from rulings that directly involve individuals or entities who contributed big money to their election campaigns. Little did we know the million dollars contributed to the campaigns of Prosser, Roggensack, Gableman, and Ziegler by Club for Growth would become blood money in the John Doe case. Sweet! Whether the non-recuse ruling back in 2010 was made in anticipation of a future hearing of the John Doe case or it was just another power grab from the tea party right, is of little importance now. It is done and the high court will rule on three separate cases pertaining to John Doe. But before we get into the specifics, let’s look at how the three cases got into the hands of the high court by manipulation of the pultocracy, and specifically the one bombastic ruling of one Federal Judge. (The complete evolution of John Doe 2 through the courts is outlined in the post John (I’m not saying anything) Doe
U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa (below)_ RULES!
How does this sound for a Rudolf ruling?
“The Defendants must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, and permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation,” U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa wrote at the end of his 26-page decision. “Plaintiffs and others are hereby relieved of any and every duty under Wisconsin law to cooperate further with Defendants‘ investigation.”TPM
Wow. It is almost as if the words were inspired by an angry mom screaming from the back door.”Rudolf get in this house right now! Except it was more like David and Charles Koch (above) doing the yelling “Rudolf, threaten them with the Guillotine and the Gulag!”. Perhaps the screaming parent analogy is a little strong, but not far from the truth. The Koch Brothers bought Randa.
Financial disclosure forms examined by the center show that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa has been a regular attendee at “judicial junkets” organized by George Mason University and financed by groups including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Randa attended the all-expenses-paid judicial seminars in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. The seminars are privately-funded, and the backers also include corporations like BP, Exxon Mobil, and Dow Chemical.
Just another little experiment in the laboratory of plutocracy… aka Wisconsin.
It was the Randa ruling that effectively halted the John Doe investigation. Even though the ruling was overruled on Sept. 24, 2014 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago as an “intrusion”, it didn’t make any difference. By this time the Koch, Club for Growth, Bradley Foundation – well let’s just say plutocracy, had effectively split the case into a litigator’s jig saw puzzle, and finally the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to sort out the mess. But they won’t sort out anything. Nothing. Zilch. Nada.
MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear arguments as it decides whether to allow a secret, or “John Doe,” investigation into Gov. Scott Walker and his 2012 recall campaign to continue.
A majority of the court agreed in a three-page order that after considering all of the parties’ positions and “bearing in mind the very unique nature” of the case, that it is “neither legally nor practically reasonable” to hold arguments.Washington Examiner
And then – “The prospect of oral argument creates severe tension between important and conflicting priorities,” the order states.”
What say you? WTF!?
So, what is the purpose of the judiciary? You think that a child custody, police shooting, or any other case brought before any court in the country, or the world for that matter, isn’t fraught with oral arguments which create severe tension between important and conflicting parties? I think that is your job! If we are expected to accept that reasoning for hearing – yes hearing – a case. You had better pack up you robes, and framed law degrees and go home. That is your job! What does it really mean? What are the majority justices really saying:
In some short span of time on an appropriate news dump day, probably Friday May 22 or the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend, the ruling on John Doe will be released. Any guesses? Will the laboratory of plutocracy finally prove full control over all three branches of government in Wisconsin. Happy Memorial Day!