The Supreme Court and Chrisley Knows Best: The Death of Social Justice?

4 Apr
Heads They Win/Tales We Loose

Heads They Win/Tales We Loose

While at first glance,The United States Supreme Court and the reality television show Chrisley Knows Best may seem like two very disparate platforms, they are sadly very similar when it comes to eroding social justice.

To my great sadness, Chief Justice Roberts and his inhumane colleagues voted to remove financial caps on donors to federal candidates.  Re-enforcing Citizens United, the Supreme Court has made it abundantly and painfully clear that money trumps democracy. The exceedingly misguided Chiefly On the Wrong Side of History Roberts tried to defend the 5/4 decision with a bastardization of the 1st amendment:

There is no right in our democracy more basic than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.

That would hold some truth if we had a categorically different distribution of wealth in the United States.  Fortunately, Justice Breyer offered an unprecedented dissent from the bench that perfectly captures the many inequities this decision puts in motion:

…the majority opinion is a disturbing development that raised the overall contribution ceiling to the number infinity. If the court in Citizens United opened a door, today’s decision may well open a floodgate.

Well done, Justice Breyer.  I’m at least grateful that four of the nine justices understands the power of money and how it ties into buying elections, continuing to disenfranchise already targeted populations, and fostering an increased cynicism in our election process.

So how does this have anything to do with the rather awful television show, Chrisley Knows Best?  Sadly, this show is about how money trumps all!  If you have enough money you can now buy yourself a television show and create more wealth while obtaining a bizarre and shallow status of “celebrity.”  This vapid tv show is nothing more than an obnoxious display of conspicuous consumption, misogyny, and a reckless celebration of bad behavior.  Are we really supposed to feel bad for a white 17 year old boy because his father put a boot clamp on his $100,000 Range Rover.  Really? What does this say about us as a culture?  While I am the first to admit that I enjoy what I call popcorn television, is there no limit to how awful the impact might be of pop culture?

What happened to a purported government that worked towards equity and removing barriers from voting? We don’t even seem to offer the pretense of equity and equality.  Now we just have huge For Sale signs tagged to elections.

What happened to television shows that were amusing and didactic both? Shows like Maude, The Jeffersons, and The Mary Tyler  Moore Show seem to have been replaced by the uber wealthy that can buy their own “Reality” tv show.  What isn’t for sale now?

Call to action: Here I invite all of you to recommend ways in which we can both collectively and individually works towards social justice — work towards making the world a better place for all.

8 Responses to “The Supreme Court and Chrisley Knows Best: The Death of Social Justice?”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW April 4, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 4, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Nancy, thank you for reblogging this! I am exceedingly saddened by the Supreme Court decision.

  2. prideinmadness April 4, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Canadian Government (meaning just the Conservative Party in power who is ignoring EVERYONE) is trying to pass what is known as the “Fair Elections Act” or affectionately and more accurately known as the “Unfair Elections Act”. It will basically make Canadians Elections look more like American Elections with the most important changes being in campaign donations and who can vote/ID…..

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 4, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      That is awful news! Is there a lot of support for these changes? On a different note, I just recommended your blog to a former student of mine! 🙂

      • prideinmadness April 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

        Aw thank you! That means a lot!

        No, there isn’t support. The media has been bashing it! This is the FIRST time we haven’t had a referendum over a law that pertains to elections/voting so that tells you that our conservative government doesn’t care what anyone thinks. I think we should vote on it.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

        I’m always happy to refer people to blogs that I read and value! 🙂

        Let us hope Canada does not follow our model. Peace, Michael

  3. penguinlad April 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Thanks for another great post! I wouldn never have made this connection, but these two special disasters really do speak to some disturbing things about the political and cultural fabric in our country.
    Our Chrisley has one other thing in common with the Supreme InJustices: he spends a lot of time in courtrooms. He filed for bankruptcy in 2012, something that never gets mentioned on his show. He claims to be millions of dollars in debt which is hard to reconcile with the lavish lifestyle he presents. Chrisley has also settled a handful of sexual harrassment lawsuits out of court, including accusations from male employees. He’s sure hiding something in that giant closet, even if it’s just stacks of secret money…

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt April 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Thank you for commenting here, Penguin. I did not know that Chrisley filed for bankruptcy. Yes, rather strange given the opulent lifestyle he has. I am not in the least surprised to learn that there have been sexual harassment suits brought against him from men. While I do suspect he is gay, it is none of our business, unless he is fueling homophobia with his money and actions. Should I learn that he is actively homophobic then I would see a need to “out” him.

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