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Letter to a Smug Man

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The Honorable John Roberts
Chief Justice, The Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543

October 2, 2010

Dear Chief Justice Roberts:

It's unfortunate that your Supreme Court does not make it easier for citizens to make their positions on issues known to you, for surely others can. Your decisions repeatedly demonstrate your openness to those with special pleadings of a special sort.

Although there is no lobbying in the Court itself, can anyone deny that it occurs constantly when you are away -- on vacation, at the country club, on retreat?

Anyway, since I cannot send you an email or give you a call, I have written this letter to you. Please feel free to share it with your colleagues.


A smug man.

To my point: you have destroyed American democracy as we have know it for the last century, a time when thoughtful Americans pursued electoral equality and it was eventually attained. With one decision -- Citizens United -- your "Brothers" Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito, and you have wasted the progress that was so painfully made, even requiring innocents' deaths. You have sent us back to the days of the robber barons, when politicians were literally bought. You have deliberately (I must believe) savaged American democracy because you do not love it.

We now see the result, everyday, even every hour, with every direct mail piece, every commercial, every bizarre phone call neither sought nor appreciated, but nevertheless foisted on us. Our democratic process is drowning in an overwhelming tidal wave of anonymous money -- from where? CEOs? Bidders on government contracts? Firms regulated by the government? Drug cartels? Russia? China? Al Qaeda? Our best candidates are expiring because you put money over citizenship as the basis of our political decision-making. How careless. How base.

In my home state California, when the Legislature was owned by the railroads, a Progressive revolution took place that properly defamed those who created the former unfair order. This will happen again once Americans are thoroughly disgusted with the assault on their sacred franchise that you have authorized... that you have championed. And then your Brothers and you who had so little respect for our Republic will be rightly reviled. The nation will rejoice when the Anti-Democracy, Anti-Constitutional wing of the Roberts Court -- as it will historically be known -- is forced to surrender its robes. It will be cathartic.

I will await that day with hope undimmed. I hope that you are still on the Court when it arrives. You smile confidently, secure in the belief that the wealthy and powerful whom you serve will protect you. Ultimately, they will not. I fully expect you to be impeached. You are a smug man now. But history will mark your Brothers and you as bandits who attempted the theft of our democracy.

Citizen to citizen,


Robert Jacobson