Though George W. Bush will be remembered for his war crimes and disregard for national and international law, his real legacy is to be found in the Supreme Court.
Bush appointed two Justices to the Supremes bench. Sam Alito and John Roberts. Since being appointed and confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts, despite his many statements while under oath to the contrary, has demonstrated that past judicial precedence is easily dismissable.
Nowhere has Roberts dismissed precedence as much as he and his fellow conservative activists decided to do in the Citizens United case.
The Activist Roberts Court held in Citizens United....
....that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment.
The Court struck down a provision of the McCain–Feingold Act that prohibited all corporations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and unions from broadcasting “electioneering communications.”  An "electioneering communication" was defined in McCain–Feingold as a broadcast, cable, or satellite communication that mentioned a candidate within 60 days of a general election or thirty days of a primary. The decision overruled Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce (1990) and partially overruled McConnell v. Federal Election Commission (2003).
The premise on which the activist court decision was based, as faulty or unserious as it may have been, was that money equals free speech.
How has that misguided, or cynical, decision.... which swept judicial precedence under the rug.....been working out since the Supremes rode roughshod over it?
Well.....Karl Rove simply loves it.
New FEC filings show that American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-backed group that is pouring money into attack ads targeting Democrats around the country, continues to be funded virtually entirely by billionaires.
In August, American Crossroads raised $2,639,052. Fully $2.4 million of that -- or 91 percent -- came in the form of gifts from just three billionaires.
That was August. In July, Justin Elliot of Salon reported this.....
And despite the group's description of itself as "grassroots," Salon's review of its IRS filings show that four billionaires have contributed 97 percent of the $4.7 million it has raised to date.
According to a Wall Street Journal piece dated Sept. 20, 2010, Rove's billionaire speech club has already raised 32 million dollars....I mean, 32 million free speech units. The goal is 52 million free speech units.
The Chief Activist, John Roberts, in ruling on Citizens United, said that since speech is the same thing as money, then no laws could be written to limit the use of money in elections.
The result has been that only the free speech of 3 or 4 billionaires can now be heard.
Here's the definition of oligarchy.....
a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
The United States is made up of approximately 310 million people. All are guaranteed free speech rights by the Constitution.
However, now, after the aberration called Citizens United.... only 3 or 4 get to speak.
What's worse, the numbers I've presented here are only for the first midterm election following the Roberts Court ruling.
Can you even imagine what 2012 will bring?
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