Monday June 25, 2012, 11:55 am
Montana had an excellent campaign finance law, over 100 years old, and upheld by the State Supreme Court. They believed. and rightly so, that filthy-rich individuals and corporations could drown out the free speech of Main Street citizens through massive spending, leading to a more corrupt government. Today, the fascist five Republican activists on SCOTUS overturned Montana’s law.
Monday June 25, 2012, 2:23 pm
"…because Montana’s law was different and justified by the state’s interest in preventing corporate corruption and influence in politics…"
So, it is now very evident that SCOTUS has no interest in the rule of law, the constitution, states' rights, fairness, nor democracy. Its only concern is in promoting corporate corruption and influence in politics.
During his Gettysburg address, Lincoln used the occasion "…to exhort the listeners (and the nation) to ensure the survival of America's representative democracy, that the "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
I said some time ago that the way things were going, I felt like a second American Revolution was on the horizon. But I should really call it a Second Civil War since it is American against American, not America against the British Crown. We see so much incivility in politics, both state and federal; no meeting of minds; no governing of the people, by the people, for the people. There is no compromise. The Republican/Teabaggers have stacked the Supreme Court with partisan appointments who have rendered of, by, and for the people null and void with their Citizens United decision.
The country that once held high the ideal of government of, by and for the people has fallen from grace with government of, by and for the corporations and the wealthiest 1%.
The only way out is to use your vote in November to restore government of, by and for the people.
Monday June 25, 2012, 3:27 pm
"A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred. It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, that completes the first.
We have seen a steady assault on every fundamental of our Constitution, … what the rest of the world looked at for the last 200 years as a model and experiment to the rest of the world" Daniel Ellsberg
Monday June 25, 2012, 7:54 pm
Disgusted? Yes. Surprised? No. We all knew this would happen --and we didn't even have to consult Miss Cleo. Anyone can predict how the SCOTUS justices will vote. There will always be a 5-4 majority when it comes to decisions that favor the super-wealthy and their corrupt corporations.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 4:45 am
This is a very sad ruling not only in its outcome and fiancing implications but in the proof that we have a very political Supreme Court. Like professionals who have to recuse themselves when conflict of interest occurs, we need a controlling moral fiat in place that eliminated politics from the SCOTUS. The problem is Presidentail appointment and I have no idea how to solve that one. Just as Scalia will never vote with the liberal members, Ginsberg is just as bad. A SCOTUS who ignores its constituional role, a nariccitic President and in competent administration, a Dysfunction Congress where Eems hate reps and vice-versa---our country is dying.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 6:55 am
Think most of us knew this would be the outcome. SCOTUS is as corrupt as the Mafia with no end in sight especially if Wrongmey gets the Oval Office in Nov. We are doomed without a way to stop this and yet the dumbed-down "righteous-right-wing-nuts" yell how our rights are being taken away. How dumb can they be that they don't realize it's their own that are doing the damage. Vote Dem in 2012, it is our only hope.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 10:16 am
Obama may publically denounce corporations from supporting political candidates, but we know this is another lie. What did Shell offer his campaign to drill for oil in the arctic? What did BP give him as a payoff to settle their environmental disaster? With a little digging, Obama could be easily humiliated in terms of money given to the Democratic party from corporations -who is he kidding?
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 11:57 am
I often hear from the left that Constitutionally dubious rulings such as Roe vs. Wade as "The Law of the Land" and beyond question because they have been duly decided by the Supreme Court, so it is interesting to see how little deference the Court gets from the left when the decision disagrees with liberal policies. I suppose I am happy to see the left acknowledge that the Supreme Court can indeed get a decision wrong, although I wish they would also recognize that the best way to avoid activist and political Court decisions is for the Court to construe the Constitution strictly, as it would any other statute, and not as a "living document" that can change according to the sensibilities of the judges who interpret it.
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 1:43 pm
If you happen to listen to the ads (as opposed to just blocking them out) because without a doubt they are all twisted lies, just do the opposite to fight big bucks in elections.