Sunday, January 24, 2010

Surely I am not expected to take this seriously?

This, that is:
RIP American Democracy

Choice quote:

The court based its ruling on the notion of the corporation as individual. These entities have the same First Amendment rights as all of us. The problem, of course, is that we don't have millions at our disposal to influence elections. They do.
The entire thing is hyperbolic in the extreme. Erik shared the link with me, and the first thing I said after reading it was "Wait, was that serious? And not a poor excuse for satire?" Because, really, it reads exactly like something a right-winger would come up with to make fun of the left. It fits the caricature of the Left as a bunch of hysterical fools. Were I to have come across it on one of the blogs I read regularly, I would have rolled my eyes and moved on, thinking someone needed to go to the range and blow off some steam.

But no, this seems to be real. I clicked over to the main page of the blog, and it's all like this ("We're confused. Now worries, it happens ALL the time."). The Beaumont Enterprise seems to be to blame. I'm losing my friendly argument with my boyfriend over the worth of newspapers now, guys. Thanks a bunch. Maybe they're downwind of Houston? Maybe the Enterprise just raided the San Antonio Current's newsroom? I don't know. But I do know they're taking themselves seriously, so Imma take them seriously.

First off. "The court based its ruling on the notion of the corporation as individual." Damned activist judges. I mean, it's not as if corporations have been treated as individuals since at least the 1700s. Really, we need to restrict the concept of First Amendment rights to actual individuals. That way we can concentrate on important things, like ensuring strippers have the right to dance fully nude.

Secondly, the death of American democracy? Really? Y'all sleep through Government class? I'm not sure where to go with this first, the lack of comprehension of the fact that we do not have (nor are we supposed to have) a democracy in this country or the fact that the court, in providing a check and balance in finding these restrictions unconstitutional is doing exactly what the US Constitution says it's supposed to do. ("In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make." Right here. You're welcome.) I've long said that judges are only activist when you don't agree with their decision, and this is further evidence in support of that theory.

Last of all...if this is indeed the reversal of "a century-long trend to limit the political muscle of corporations" as the linked story claims, then in my opinion it's about damned time. If limiting their political clout is what got us where we are today, maybe we need to try another tactic.


Albatross said...

I don't understand why liberals are taking this so hard. Doesn't the ruling apply equally to unions as well?

Dave said...

I don't understand why liberals are taking this so hard.

And now, even George Soros can get some of his money in the political mix!

Bob S. said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one seeing many of the liberals frothing over this -- and laughing at the excess.

I've seen something along the lines of "And now I turn the floor over to the Gentleman from the Great Company of Blackwater".

David said...

The truth is that we now have a generation that can use a GPS and not read a map, watch TV instead of having dinner as a family, use an iPod instead of listening to a friend, use the computer instead of going to a gathering with real humans, believes everthing on the Internet is true and listen to a sermon and not read a Bible.

What did we expect?

If you hang out in front of the TV you are going to get political ads like we did in the Scott Brown election (I'm from MA). The good news about Brown was that you could look at his voting record online and skip all the TV spin. The bad news for Coakley was that she thought she was in just for being a Democrat.

This new ruling is simply going to add to the blather on TV. Only thiking individuals are going to be able to see through it - alread seems to be that way any how.

Corps and non-profits as individuals? I beleive free speech is free speech.