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John McCain: Free Speech Suppressor?

By The Reverend Published: June 18, 2012

Half of June is over and now the Supremes have only a couple weeks before they will rule on the ACA and the Arizona immigration law, among others. I expect fireworks before the Fourth of July. What we really need in our country right now is more, you know, division....so it will be interesting to see if the activist Roberts Court will once again deliver.

Speaking of the activist Supremes......it seems that Senator John McCain had something to say about the Supremes in a PBS interview posted Friday. Just to give readers a bit of remedial work.....Senator John McCain was the GOP presidential candidate 4 years ago. I mention this because there has been a bit of amnesia lately among conservatives regarding whether George W. Bush ever held the presidency. He did. And McCain was the GOP candidate of choice in 2008. The same voters who will disagree with what McCain said in Friday's interview....voted for the guy in 2008. Conservative primary voters.....the most conservative of all Republican voters....chose John McCain in 2008 as their top candidate to run against the Kenyan Usurper-to-be.

Here's McCain.....the GOP's top candidate in 2008....speaking about Citizens United last Friday...

McCain, a Romney rival in 2008 and now one of his top supporters, said the Supreme Court got it wrong in Citizens United, the court case that paved the way for super PACs. He called the decision “the most misguided, naive, uninformed, egregious decision of the United States Supreme Court, I think, in the 21st century.”

Personally, I think Citizens is actually the worst Supremes decision in modern American history, not simply the worst in the first 12 years of the 21st century. Quibbling aside.....it seems as if John McCain has a wee-bit of a problem with what one of Mitt Romney's billionaire sponsors is doing this campaign season....

McCain.....suggested casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s $10 million contribution to a pro-Romney super PAC was a conduit for Adelson to use profits from properties in Macau to shape American elections. McCain also criticized the Supreme Court ruling that allows individuals and corporations to make such unlimited donations to nominally independent political action committees.

Of course, the threat of foreign money slipping into our American political campaign system with the potential to corrupt absolutely.....must be a figment of McCain's, and millions of others, vivid imagination. Why? Because Supreme Stripsearch-Sammy Alito mouthed the words "that's not true" when President Obama declared the same thing in a SOTU address.

Adelson can easily toss $100 million into the campaign to "make Obama a one term president." He's worth somewhere around $24 billion, so $100 million, as others have suggested, will barely dent his fortune. Adelson, as the Founders intended, is only exercising his 1st amendment right of free speech. Jefferson and the Boyz in the Patriot Hood drafted the words....

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech or of the press..."

...now, is there any doubt that what those Founders were aiming for was the unrestricted use of fortunes by billionaires to control our entire electoral process? What do you mean that's not what the 1st says? Sure it does....it's right in there.....somewhere.

Of the Adelson $10 million donation to a Super Pac-whose-donors-can't-be-named...... in secrecy, just as the Founders intended....McCain opined...

“That is a great deal of money. And, again, we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization that Teddy Roosevelt had: that we have to have a limit on the flow of money and that corporations are not people,” McCain said in an interview with PBS’ ”NewsHour”.

Oh, but what about candidate Romney's, "my friends"....."corporations are people too", Uncle JohnnyMac? Are you saying that your party's presidential candidate...well...doesn't know what he's talking about?...

“I think that in that context he (Romney) was talking about they are made up of people and that’s true in that context,” McCain said. “But to be corporations for purposes of involving campaigns, to be treated the same as people, I just don’t agree with that.”

If there was ever anything "mavericky" about John McCain, campaign finance reform was where it was found. Today, Republican Leaders welcome Citizens United as a way for billionaires to pay to overwhelm political opponents and win control of all government. McCain, to his credit, saw the danger of a big money takeover of our democratic process in 2002, and worked bi-partisanly with Russ Feingold to put the brakes on a potential runaway corruptathon-train.

But even the 8-home owning, multi-millionaire McCain is no match for patriots who have had dozens of billions of dollars "deregulated" and renamed as "free speech" by five Supremes who never met an oligarch they didn't love.

And what about what Obama said previously about foreign money affecting our national elections? What about Stripsearch's "that's not true" assertion in disrespect of the presidency?

"Obviously, maybe in a roundabout way, foreign money is coming into an American campaign,” McCain said.

That would be "free speech"....JohnnyMac, not "foreign money." And really, what difference could it make? Free speech, money, foreign money....foreign money, money, free speech. See? They're the same.

McCain, and a few Democrats in the Senate don't think Citizens United will stand because of it's obvious problems.....but I'm a contrarian. Not only will Citizens hold, but Citizens will be the benchmark case for the final demise of the American experiment with democracy. The chapter in the history books will be entitled, "Corporations Are People Too"

Corporations are not people and money is not free speech...but why argue over semantics in an age when there are no agreed-upon realities? No one seems to really care, anyway.

 

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