Mr Jackson in Washington 2015: America under Socialism

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  2. Jesse Jackson
  3. Robert H. Jackson
  4. Commentary

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Sanders said voters will warm to his vision once they realize how far the country has drifted toward it with the advent of Social Security, Medicare and the National Park Service. It was quoted repeatedly by Supreme Court nominees John Roberts and Samuel Alito , during their confirmation hearings. Justices Jackson and Hugo Black had profound professional and personal disagreements dating back to October , the first term during which they served together on the Supreme Court.

According to Dennis Hutchinson , editor of The Supreme Court Review , Jackson objected to Black's practice of importing his personal preferences into his jurisprudence. Gobitis and United States v.

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Bethlehem Steel , Black's involvement in the Jewell Ridge case struck Jackson as especially injudicious. In Jewell Ridge Coal Corp. Mine Workers , the Supreme Court faced the issue of whether to grant the coal company's petition for a rehearing, on the grounds that the victorious miners were, in a previous matter, represented by Crampton P. Harris, who was Justice Black's former law partner and personal lawyer.

Despite this apparent conflict of interest, Black lobbied the Court for a per curiam denial of the petition. Justice Jackson objected, with the result that Jackson filed a concurrence disassociating himself from the ruling and, by implication, criticizing Black for not addressing the conflict of interest. Jackson also strongly objected to Black's judicial conduct in Jewell Ridge for another reason. As Jackson later alleged, while Justice Murphy was preparing his opinion, Black urged that the court hand down its decision without waiting for the opinion and dissent. In Jackson's eyes, the " Jackson probably regarded Black's conduct as unbecoming of a Supreme Court Justice in another related matter.

Vinson spoke at the dinner.

While Jackson declined an invitation to the event, citing a conflict arising out of the fact that a number of leading sponsors of the dinner were then litigants before the Supreme Court, Black attended the dinner and received his award. McAdory , was one of the sponsors. Jackson later took these grievances public in two public cables from Nuremberg. Jackson had informally been promised the Chief Justiceship by Roosevelt; however, the seat came open while Jackson was in Germany, and Roosevelt was dead.

Truman was faced with two factions, one recommending Jackson for the seat, and the other advocating for Hugo Black. In an attempt to avoid controversy, Truman appointed Vinson. Jackson blamed machinations by Black for his being passed over for the seat, and publicly exposed some of Black's controversial behavior and feuding within the Court. The controversy was heavily covered in the press, and cast the New Deal Court in a negative light, and had the effect of tarnishing Jackson's reputation in the years that followed.

On June 8, , Jackson sent a cable to President Truman. Jackson's cable to Truman began with an insincere offer of congratulations to the President for his appointment of Vinson. However, the cable then quickly addressed the rumor, which Jackson had gotten wind of in Nuremberg, according to which Truman had appointed Fred Vinson, in part, to avert a resignation on the part of Justice Black.

Rumors had been circulating in Washington that Black would resign in the event that Truman chose Jackson as Chief Justice Stone's successor. After receiving a response from Truman in which he denied having given consideration to, or having even heard of, the rumor of Black's threatened resignation, Jackson rashly fired off a second cable to Congress , on June This cable stated Jackson's reasons for his belief that Justice Black faced a conflict of interest in Jewell Ridge , from which he wrongfully, at least, in Jackson's eyes, did not recuse himself , and ended with Jackson's threat that if such a practice "is ever repeated while I am on the bench, I will make my Jewell Ridge opinion look like a letter of recommendation, by comparison.

In , the Supreme Court decided Schenck v. We admit that, in many places and in ordinary times, the defendants, in saying all that was said in the circular, would have been within their constitutional rights. But the character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done. The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances, and are of such a nature as to create a "clear and present danger" that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent.

It is a question of proximity and degree. In , the Supreme Court decided Dennis v. In Dennis, Jackson concluded that the "clear and present danger test" should not be applied. Jackson's analysis can be summarized as follows:. On the effect that Communists historically had on foreign countries, Jackson analyzed their effect on Czechoslovakia. Establishing control of mass communication and industry, the Communist organization's rule was one of "oppression and terror". Ironically, as Jackson points out, the Communist organization suppressed the very freedoms which made its conspiracy possible.

On the nature of Communists, Jackson characterizes them as an extraordinarily dedicated and highly selective group, disciplined and indoctrinated by Communist policy. On the problems with applying the clear and present danger test in Dennis, Jackson deems significant that the test was authored "before the era of World War II revealed the subtlety and efficacy of modernized revolutionary technique used by totalitarian parties.

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State of California , [52] Jackson asserted that the test provided Communists with "unprecedented immunities", while the "Government is captive in a judge-made verbal trap. The authors of the "clear and present danger test" never applied it to a case like this, nor would I. If applied as it is proposed here, it means that the Communist plotting is protected during its period of incubation; its preliminary stages of organization and preparation are immune from the law; the Government can move only after imminent action is manifest, when it would, of course, be too late.

In the end, the Court applied its own version of the "clear and present danger test" in Dennis, [54] essentially disregarding the analytical elements of probability and temporality which had previously appeared to be requirements of the doctrine. Jackson's hardened stance on the First Amendment in Dennis may be attributed to strong anti-Communist sentiment, which had a grip on Americans during the time of the decision. Edgar] Hoover , the Catholic Church, the American Legion , and political opportunists, made of Communists something less than full humans, full citizens, fully rights-endowed.

Even sophisticated jurists like Robert Jackson were captives of that image, anesthetizing [his] sensitivity to [the] deprivation of [their] rights.


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In Dennis and other Communist cases between and , the Supreme Court overcame the problem of facts not supporting the results [that] it was determined to reach, by accepting a generic 'proof' of Communism's seditious nature. Disregarding all evidence of both the Party's and individual members' renunciation of violence, the Court substituted literary evidence from outdated classics of Marxism-Leninism, most written by Europeans of an earlier era, and refused to consider whether the living people before them actually subscribed to those doctrines Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, , there was great suspicion surrounding Japanese-Americans, particularly those residing on the West Coast of the United States.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order on February 19, , giving the War Department permission to declare some zones "military zones", in which they could prohibit certain people from accessing prescribed areas. With this executive order, the War Department was able to declare that all United States citizens of Japanese ancestry were prohibited from areas in California that were deemed unsafe for Japanese-American habitation for national security purposes, and it forced them into internment camps. Fred Korematsu , a United States citizen, born on American soil, believed that this was an unconstitutional infringement on an individual's civil liberty.

The question that came before the Supreme Court of the United States, was whether the Executive and Legislative branches went beyond their war powers by depriving citizens of rights with no criminal basis. The Supreme Court decided that the President and Congress did not stretch their war powers too far by choosing national security over an individual's rights in a time of war. Justice Hugo Black wrote the majority opinion for this case, and Justice Jackson wrote a dissenting opinion.

The opening paragraph of Jackson's dissent illustrated his view of the case:. Korematsu was born on our soil, of parents born in Japan. The Constitution makes him a citizen of the United States by nativity, and a citizen of California by residence. No claim is made that he is not loyal to this country. There is no suggestion that apart from the matter involved here, he is not law-abiding and well- disposed. Korematsu, however, has been convicted of an act not commonly a crime. It consists merely of being present in the state whereof he is a citizen, near the place where he was born, and where all his life he has lived.

Justice Jackson warned of the danger that this great allowance of executive power presented, through the War Department's ability to deprive individual rights in favor of national security, in time of war:. But if we cannot confine military expedients by the Constitution, neither would I distort the Constitution to approve all that the military may deem expedient.

That is what the Court appears to be doing, whether consciously or not.

Commentary

I cannot say, from any evidence before me, that the orders of General DeWitt were not reasonably expedient military precautions, nor could I say that they were. But even if they were permissible military procedures, I deny that it follows that they are constitutional. If, as the Court holds, it does follow, then we may as well say that any military order will be constitutional, and have done with it. Jackson was not concerned in evaluating the validity of General DeWitt's claim that the internment of Japanese citizens on the West Coast was necessary for national security purposes, but whether this would set a precedent of war-time racial discrimination that would be used to strip individual liberties.

But once a judicial opinion rationalizes such an order to show that it conforms to the Constitution, or rather rationalizes the Constitution to show that the Constitution sanctions such an order, the Court for all time has validated the principles of racial discrimination in criminal procedure, and of transplanting American citizens. The principle then lies about like a loaded weapon, ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need. Every repetition imbeds that principle more deeply in our law and thinking, and expands it to new purposes.

One of Jackson's law clerks during — 53, William H. Rehnquist , was appointed to the Supreme Court in , and became Chief Justice in In December , after Rehnquist's nomination had been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and was pending before the full Senate, a memorandum came to light that he had written as Jackson's law clerk in connection with the landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education , that argued in favor of affirming the separate-but-equal doctrine of Plessy v. Rehnquist wrote a brief letter attributing the views to Jackson, and was confirmed.

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