Computer problems and a storm brewing this morning. Not a good start to a Friday.
Take a deep and long breath of our newly found freedom....
The presidential primary season is being brought to you by a handful of multimillionaires and companies who have propped up the candidates with enormous donations to their “super PACs.”
Just two dozen or so individuals, couples and companies have given more than 80 percent of the money collected by super PACs, or $54 million, according to disclosure forms released on Monday.
To many, 24 very rich Americans should decide our primary elections. Chief Justice Roberts and his 4 Horsemen of the American Apocolyse thought so. After all....what good is all that socked-away free speech....if you can't buy a few high level politicians with it, right?
The Citizens United decision is now playing out before our very eyes this general election cycle.
Mitt Romney, besides being a multi-millionaire himself, has his own personal millionaire in his campaign chairman, Frank VanderSloot. VanderSloot doesn't believe in free speech for others....but he hasn't been shy about using his well stocked free speech account to get his political way....as, I suppose, Justice Roberts envisioned. By the way, VanderSloot made his many millions the old fashioned way....he ran, and runs, the pyramid program Meleleuca.
Rick Santorum has Foster Friess. He's the aspirin-between-knees contraception funny man. As of January, ole' Funny Foster had given $669,000 to Santorum's campaign. I suppose, if the other 99% of us would only work as hard as Funnyman Foster has, we could all "speak" as loudly as him during election cycles.
Newt Gingrich has Sheldon Adelson. Again, Adelson made his millions in the gaming business...you know, like a pyramid program...but with more scantily clad waitresses. Adelson may have singlehandedly supplied just enough speech for Gingrich to win South Carolina.
Naturally, the general election free-speech spendathon will be even worse....or better, depending on whether you are in the top 1% or not.
While this perversion of American democracy plays out this year, thanks to the Roberts Court, I find it interesting that Chief Roberts has decided to take up yet another free speech case.
In 2006, Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act.....a stupid law that makes lying about military honors a crime. I'm guessing that Stolen Valor was passed when it was passed to sooth the still-lingering trauma over 9-11. Military members were, and still are, regarded as our, almost, divine saviors....and so, Congressional weenies one-upped the already-high military patriotism by singling out lies about military medals and awards as not being covered by 1st amendment protections.
Irony is prosecuting a person lying about winning military medals in a conflict drummed up by lies from the executive and military branches. I guess there's no "looking forward, not backward" when it comes to speech about military trinkets and ribbons.
Two questions for your consideration.
1) Why would lying about military awards rise above the seriousness level of lying our country into war?
2) If a U.S. citizen can corral his own millionaire speech-provider....would it be okay for that millionaire to "speak" in a lying fashion about that citizen's military medals?