And, of course, there are the pending rumors of a retirement for Justice Anthony Kennedy. Justice Gorsuch was Anthony Kennedy’s clerk, and there was a lot of speculation that one of the reasons he was the nominee was to help smooth the relationship over with Justice Kennedy. After all, they go way back. They’re friendly. They’re collegial. Should Justice Kennedy retire, and when he does—I mean, he will at some point, whether this term or the next or the following—presuming we still are in a Trump presidency and get a Trump nominee, we can be guaranteed that that justice will be as conservative, if not more so, than Justice Alito. What we’ve seen so far is Justice Gorsuch has voted consistently with Justice Thomas and has placed him on the court’s most conservative side. He’s also very active in oral arguments and combative with both attorneys and his fellow justices. So he will be a big intellectual presence in arguments. When Kennedy retires, that will make Chief Justice John Roberts the swing vote on the court.
The corporations are calling on us to sacrifice our power, our wages and our quality of life to help them lower their costs and increase their profits. We must cease putting their interests above those of the majority. Their policies do not bring enough jobs that provide living wages. Avenues to control them include solutions that level the playing field, reduce corporate power and profits, and break up concentrated wealth and power. Despite the opposition they will pose, we can and must make the case that we can have economic security and greater equality, individual liberty and stronger communities.