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I think you might remember, I told you this was going to happen....and just in time for the 2010 election cycle....I'm very much looking forward to the WWM, (WingnutMania-Media) spectaculars this fall.
Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.
The 5-to-4 decision represented a sharp doctrinal shift, and it will have major political and practical consequences.
“If the First Amendment has any force,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority, which included the four members of its conservative wing, “it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”
Justice John Paul Stevens read a long dissent from the bench. He said the majority had committed a grave error in treating corporate speech the same as that of human beings. His decision was joined by the other three members of the court’s liberal wing.
The emboldened sentence is the key. Corporate speech is not the same as individual speech.
Plus, the Rogue Roberts Court simply dismissed precedent. Treated two previous precendents like toilet tissue.
There really is no hope for the American people. While Big Money has always been responsible for the moving and the shaking in our political-government scene.....this ruling will successfully snuff out any embers of hope Americans might still cherish about their country.
By their very nature, corporations are more powerful than an individual citizen. Corporations have many more resources than an individual. Corporations, and unions, already have too much power over our politicians....and this ruling gives them even more.
Like the Ricci case, the Supremes are daringly flipping Americans the bird by striking down McCain-Feingold. The Four Horsemen of America's Coming Apocalyse....plus a compromised, perhaps senile, Kennedy.....are looking all 300,000 Americans in the eyes and telling them they have just as much power in the free speech arena as corporations do.
Many of those Americans are listening to what the 5 Activist Supremes are telling us....and looking right back at them and responding, "go Cheney yourselves."
Not unexpected....but still, a sad day for America.