The Supreme Court Vs The People of the United States of America

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Banana Republic Watch: The Supreme Court Vs The People of the United States of America
by David DeGraw l Amped Status
Recent rulings provide clear evidence that the Supreme Court has devolved into a kangaroo court which serves the interests of the global financial elite at the expense of the rights of the American people.
 
All three branches of the US government are now effectively dominated by the richest one-tenth of one percent of the global population.
 
The Supreme Court’s continued support of unlimited campaign spending underpins the downfall of the American political and legal process.
 
On this news wire, we will track the Supreme Court’s attacks against the rights of the American people:
 
 
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