He was more direct in his speech: "One bedrock principle in our democracy is that the will of the people should be supreme, except in very limited circumstances. In the judicial context, this means that courts should hesitate before striking down statutes enacted by congress, but it seems that that's not so when core tenets of the Republican platform are involved. And it's not just this one case. There is a pattern that is discernible when these five men get together to strike down laws of congress they don't like and make new law more to their liking. The pattern is not just discernible, it is unmistakable, it is undeniable. It appears, indeed, to be without exception."
On Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, called the ruling on corporate election spending a "threat to the rule of law" and said it is one example of "a willingness of a narrow majority of the Supreme Court to render decisions from the bench to suit their own ideological agenda."
"It's something that every one of us as Americans have to work to ensure that the system of checks and balances envisioned by the founders is not cast aside by the whimsical preferences of five justices overriding the rights of 300 million Americans," said Leahy.