The U.S. Supreme Court is Not Just Lost, It’s Dangerous

Andy Ostroy
3 min readMar 5, 2024

I am so disgusted with the Unites States Supreme Court. If this was a marriage, I probably started thinking about getting a divorce in 2000 after Bush v Gore. But I’m an eternal optimist. And I’m forgiving. I’m also loyal. I don’t like quitting. I’m not a quitter. So for 25 years I’ve remained a believer in the overall integrity of our highest court.

And I’ve always believed that no matter how conservative they’d become, no matter how draconian their right-wing extremist rulings would be, we could always count on the them in the end to at least protect and defend the Constitution, the rule of law, and our very democracy.

But then in 2010 Citizen’s United came along, turning campaign finance on its head, enabling the wealthy, corporations and other outside groups to spend unlimited funds on elections. The consequences of this ‘dark money’ have been devastating on our democracy and the war on political corruption.

In attacking election integrity directly, the court, in its 2013 Shelby v Holder ruling, gutted the most powerful provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, essentially saying we didn’t need these protections anymore because voter disenfranchisement had all but vanished. This argument was as ridiculously as saying in the middle of a heavy rain that you don’t need your umbrella anymore because you’re dry.

Yet, just as I was about to call Jacoby & Meyers to file for that divorce, the court in June 2015 issued its landmark 5–4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage. The court’s liberal justices were joined by iconic swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. It restored some of my faith in the venerable judicial institution. But I was duped.

Yes, there’s more! The 2022 Dobbs ruling, which overturned Roe v Wade and 50 years of settled law, was the last straw, like walking in on your husband bangin’ the babysitter.

And in the two years since, the John Roberts court has become a cesspool of unethical behavior. A total embarrassment. A fucking joke. Highlighted by the massive indiscretions of Justice Clarence Thomas, who clearly never met a pay-for-play handout he didn’t love. And whose wife Ginny never met an insurrection she didn’t love.

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Andy Ostroy

Director, producer, podcaster, writer, resistor, non-profit-supporter of women filmmakers