Clarity

Just to be absolutely clear, I think it is safe to argue that if there’s one thing on which a majority of Americans agree, it’s that corporations don’t have nearly enough influence in state, local and national politics. So we should all thank the courageous justices of the United States Supreme Court for correcting this imbalance.

Comments

  1. 1

    Michael spews:

    From what I’ve read it doesn’t sound that horrid.

    “The government may regulate corporate political speech through disclaimer and disclosure requirements, but it may not suppress that speech altogether,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority in a 57-page opinion.

    Federal law has long barred corporations from contributing directly to federal political candidates, and Thursday’s ruling keeps that restriction in place.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/.....st_Popular

    We can go back and find ways to “regulate corporate political speech” that will pass muster with the court. I guess the question is, will we.

  2. 2

    Daddy Love spews:

    I look forward to regular working class Republicans and esepecially teabaggers denouncing how the influence of the economic fascists in corporate boardrooms will trample the rights of the little folk.

    Or maybe I should look forward to the pretzel-like twists of illogic that they will use to praise the same events.

  3. 3

    BeerNotWar spews:

    We need a simple amendment to the Constitution to the effect that:

    For the purposes of this Constitution a “person” shall be defined as a natural person.

    That should do it.

  4. 5

    Corporations are people too... spews:

    This just in: Antonin Scalia has said that in another case, next term, they’re going to hold corporations have the right to vote! Yup, in every state where they are doing business.

    And then next year is the big one — corporations will have the right to marry, just like a person. Equal protection of the laws, you know!

    However, a Inc. will only be able to marry a Corp — having a Corp. marry a Corp. would be an abomination unto God! Yuck!

  5. 6

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    I regrettably doubt 98% of the people in this country have any understanding what the f**k just happened to them with the combination of events this week:

    a) Pro Romney-Care candidate, Scott Brown, running and winning on being the 41st Republican vote against HCR.

    b) Villager concurrence with TeaBagger logic of 41 beats 59.

    c) Infinite Corporate control over political media and financing.

    Sorry folks, if you ain’t currently rich, white and “Christian”, you are soooooooooo f**ked.

  6. 7

    proud leftist spews:

    Actually, I think this decision could go down as one of the worst in the Court’s history. Finding that corporations have a First Amendment right of free speech that permits unlimited campaign donations unleashes a horrible genie upon our elections. As if we don’t have enough money controlling our elections already, this just opens the door for straight out purchasing of elections. There is also a certain irony in Clarence Thomas, who never met a constitutional right for individuals that he wouldn’t restrict, expanding corporate rights. James Madison is rolling over in his grave. Fortunately, it is a 5-4 decision and Stevens’ dissent is powerful.

  7. 8

    uptown spews:

    Well the good news was this

    eight of the Court’s nine justices upheld the requirements under McCain-Feingold that when corporations (or others) air independent expenditure ads, the ads need to come with a disclaimer and full disclosure as to the funders. Among other things, wrote Justice Kennedy, “the public has an interest in knowing who is speaking about a candidate shortly before an election.”

  8. 9

    Don Joe spews:

    The next time some conservative whines about judges “legislating from the bench,” I’m going to point to this decision.

  9. 10

    hmmmm spews:

    Corporations should be subject to the death penality if they are found to have committed murder or have been an accomplice thereof. They should be also able to go to jail. I bet if those provisions were pursued, there would be a little risk aversion in everything from on the job injuries to white collar crime. If they want to be “persons” then they can have the obligations of consequence, along with all of those “rights”.

  10. 11

    Game Over, Dude. Game Over!! spews:

    RIP American Democracy

    Born Sept 17, 1787

    Died Jan 21st 2010

    Enjoy the the new corporatocracy you fucking ignorant teabagging wingnut traitors!

  11. 12

    spews:

    The Roberts Court is clearly trying to surpass the Taney Court for worst in history. (And if bad laws are made from this I suppose they will be the worst wurst in history.)

    Croak!

  12. 14

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    Clarity would clearly tell me that Goldy has gone remains unhinged, certifiably batshit crazy.

    3 posts on basically the same topic?

    SCOTUS lifts lid on corporate political spending
    by Goldy, 01/21/2010, 7:25 AM

    Warning: I’m plotting to blow up the Supreme Court!
    by Goldy, 01/21/2010, 9:25 AM

    Clarity
    by Goldy, 01/21/2010, 2:02 PM

  13. 15

    Game Over, Dude. Game Over!! spews:

    Empty Head Wingnut @ 14

    If you think our new Corporate Overlords are going to have any use for you, other than cannon fodder and working for low wages, you are more deluded than… every other wingnut.

    You even look the wrong way, or refuse to turn over your gun when they ask (and the definitely will!) they will slit your throat and shit down you neck while your family watches.

    In fact, unstable morons like you will be the first to grease the wheels of the corporate machinery with your blood.

    They have no more use for you.

  14. 17

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    In fact, unstable morons like you

    If I need to post an unstable moron, I’ll re-post it from your post above. Especially this gem:

    You even look the wrong way, or refuse to turn over your gun when they ask (and the definitely will!) they will slit your throat and shit down you neck while your family watches.

    I suggest either a therapist or a heavy dose of Alex Jones radio show. Either way, I can’t help you with your particular malady.

  15. 18

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    13. Steve spews:

    @10 What a great comment! I like that.

    16. Steve spews:

    @15 Damn, another great comment.

    For chrissakes, Steve. Quit beating around the bush and ask the lad out for a date.

  16. 19

    The kid with the Lightbulb Head spews:

    This is what Justice Stevens had to say about the corporatist decision from the Supreme Court:

    “Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it. They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters,” writes Stevens. “The financial resources, legal structure, and instrumental orientation of corporations raise legitimate concerns about their role in the electoral process. Our lawmakers have a compelling constitutional basis, if not also a democratic duty, to take measures designed to guard against the potentially deleterious effects of corporate spending in local and national races.”

  17. 20

    Game Over, Dude. Game Over!! spews:

    It’s gonna be fun watching the likes of you Empty Head Wingnut when the corporate owned Congress passes laws taking away your gun, your right to free speech, and then starts paying you the same salary now enjoyed by Chinese prison labor.

    Everything else is gonna suck, but watching you get exactly what you deserve for your moronic wingnut support is gonna be sweet.

    You moronic fool.

  18. 21

    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Hey, what’s the big deal? So now corporations can spend money buying politicians and running things?

    wtf?

    Don’t they do that already?

  19. 23

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    But Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in a 57-page opinion, said the effort to divide corporate political spending into legal and illegal forms chilled political speech.

    “When government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought,” he wrote.

    Justice Kennedy wrote that, taken to its extreme, the restriction on corporate spending could silence media organizations or even allow banning such political-themed movies as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

    He rejected the view that government had an interest in preventing corporations or unions from “distorting” political debate by funding ads. To the contrary, “corporations may possess valuable expertise, leaving them the best equipped to point out errors of fallacies in speech of all sorts,” he wrote.

    I don’t always agree with Kennedy’s rulings (he really shit the bed in the kelo v. new london) deal, but he pulled his head out of his ass long enough to get it right on this one at least. Whining liberals cry about corporations but always seem to gloss over the Dem controlled special interests like Unions and trial lawyers ambulance chasing sacks of shit always filling their coffers and sinking their money into political races.

    The man is truly an enigma of legal thought as you don’t know which way he might swing in his legal reasoning. Either way, his is the key seat on the SCOTUS bench and hopefully healthy enough that the empty suit currently occupying the whitehouse will not be allowed to fill his seat in the three long 3 years Maobama has left in office.

    Which leads me to the joke of the night:

    Q: What happens when a lawyer takes viagra?
    A: He grows taller

  20. 25

    Game Over, Dude. Game Over!! spews:

    The real joke of the night (supplied by Empty Head Wingnut)

    Whining liberals cry about corporations but always seem to gloss over the Dem controlled special interests like Unions

    Right, Goldman Sachs alone is paying 16 BILLION in just bonuses after the Bush bailout, and the unions are gonna compete with that.

    You wingnut simpleton fool.

  21. 26

    The kid with the Lightbulb Head spews:

    Where is it written in the constitution that the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of laws?

    I think that the five justices who decided in favor of the corporations should be stripped of their offices.

    They can decide on the constitutionalty of that from their front porches — sipping on some ‘old-time’ powdered chemical lemonade.

    Their grandchildren should be forced to play with Chinese toys with high levels of poison in them.

  22. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Corporate profits belong to shareholders. Congress should pass a law giving shareholders the right to sue managers who squander their money on political advertising.

  23. 28

    The kid with the Lightbulb Head spews:

    re 23: What if the donating corporation is controlled by foreign powers whose interests are antithetical to the actual citizens of the U.S.?

    Should they be allowed to contribute all the money they want to influence our politics?

    The fallacy and weakness of Justice Kennedy’s argument can be demonstrated by substituting the word mafia for corporation.

  24. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If every American turns off his TV, their billions will buy nothing, and they will have no power over us.

  25. 31

    The kid with the Lightbulb Head spews:

    RE 23:

    But Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the majority in a 57-page opinion, said the effort to divide MAFIA political spending into legal and illegal forms chilled political speech.

    “When government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought,” he wrote.

    Justice Kennedy wrote that, taken to its extreme, the restriction on MAFIA spending could silence media organizations or even allow banning such political-themed movies as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

    He rejected the view that government had an interest in preventing the MAFIA or unions from “distorting” political debate by funding ads. To the contrary, “The MAFIA may possess valuable expertise, leaving them the best equipped to point out errors of fallacies in speech of all sorts,” he wrote.

    This argument falls flat. It has no legs.

  26. 32

    Game Over, Dude. Game Over!! spews:

    RR @ 30

    If every American turns off his TV, their billions will buy nothing, and they will have no power over us.

    Not gonna happen. And there are enough sheep ready for slaughter like Empty Head Wingnut to buy the shiny advertisements the corporatocracy will be selling.

  27. 33

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    It is the law of the land. Just like I don’t approve of or support the erroneous Roe v. wade decision or the Kelo v. New london decisions maded by the SCOTUS, it is what it is.

    Deal with it.

  28. 36

    John425 spews:

    Gee, I wonder if those rabid, greedy corporations
    will consult their employees about campaign spending and political affiliations. The first ones I’d like to hear from are the NYT (INC.), MSNBC (INC.), Progressive Insurance, (INC.), Planned Parenthood (INC.) ad nauseam.

  29. 37

    Cudgel spews:

    One step closer to the GOP Master Plan: Turning the USA into Mexico. Everything for sale, all services done for max profit. Police, fire, EMS, the courts, prisons, sanitation and road maintenance, all under corporate domain. Privatize those national parks so Dick Cheney’s buddies can strip mine ‘em! Get rid of those pesky child labor laws and we won’t have to waste all that money on education! There’s an upside to this people, c’mon look at the bright side! Ride this nation like a rodeo horse! Spur the beast ’til she’s dead and then we’ll barbecue the carcass for our last meal!

  30. 38

    ArtFart spews:

    @6 “a) Pro Romney-Care candidate, Scott Brown, running and winning on being the 41st Republican vote against HCR.”

    There’s a point there. The good people of Massachussetts at least have something to fall back on, so a lot of them (even the sane ones) don’t feel they have the same stake in what’s going on at the national level.

    Can’t help but wonder what things might be like now, had other states decided to to the same, and committed the wherewithall to put it in place before the economy went poof.

    And it isn’t 98%….nobody knows exactly how this is going to play out yet. Just that it’s going to be major.

  31. 39

    ArtFart spews:

    @31 “Mafia”, hell! Try “Chinese corporations”, or how about “al Queda”…