by stoneecash, Sun Jan 24, 2010 at 07:29:12 PM EST
It appears Supreme Court Judges Samuel Alito and John Roberts want to be remembered as the Judges who hate hard-working Americans and the U.S. Constitution so much that they gleefully destroyed our Founding Father’s vision of our great new nation when these Judges cast their votes removing the “cap” on corporate and union contributions to political candidates (which had been in place for 60 years). As written in the Constitution, “We the PEOPLE “elect our leaders, NOT U.S. CORPORATIONS elect our leaders!
Oh well, what can be expected when the worst President in the modern U.S. history chose this disgraceful pair. The misery of the George W. Bush Administration and the filthy President Dick Cheney CONTINUES to wreak havoc on our great nation even after their gone!
No more voting for me, it is now a waste of gas to drive to the polling stations. Mr. Alito and Mr. Roberts, I hope you both rot-in-hell for what you have done to my country.
by desmoinesdem, Thu Jan 21, 2010 at 04:52:50 PM EST
Representative Leonard Boswell (D, IA-03) has introduced a constitutional amendment in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case, Iowa Independent reported today.
Boswell is looking for co-sponsors and explained the case for amending the constitution:
“I have introduced this important legislation because the Supreme Court’s ruling strikes at the very core of democracy in the United States by inflating the speech rights of large, faceless corporations to the same level of hard-working, every day Americans,” Boswell said in a statement. “The court’s elevation of corporate speech inevitably overpowers the speech and interests of human citizens who do not have the coffers to speak as loudly.”
Boswell said House Joint Resolution 68 would disallow a corporation or labor organization from using any operating funds or any other funds from its general treasury to pay for an advertisement in connection with a federal election campaign, regardless of whether or not the advertisement expressly advocates the election or defeat of a specified candidate.
“Corporations already have an active role in American political discourse through million-dollar political action committees and personal donations to campaigns,” Boswell said. “The legislation I introduced will prevent the Wall Street corporations that received billions in taxpayer bailout dollars from turning around and pouring that same money into candidates that will prevent financial regulation on their industry. No American should have to turn on the TV and see AIG telling them how to vote.”
I totally agree with Boswell, although I'm pessimistic that Congress would pass this kind of amendment. I'm curious to see how many Democrats will back this effort.
by brasch, Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 06:44:43 AM EST
The hope we and this nation had for change we could believe in, and which we still hope will not die, has been diminished by the reality of petty politics, with the "Party of No" and its raucous Teabagger mutation blocking social change for America's improvement
by Karl Frisch, Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 05:53:40 PM EST
This week in a San Francisco Federal District Court, a legal odd couple will be on display. Attorney David Boies, who represented Al Gore before the U.S. Supreme Court in the infamous 2000 case ofBush v. Gore, and conservative attorney Ted Olson, who represented George W. Bush, are joining forces to overturn California's Proposition 8. It will be their contention that the initiative passed by voters in 2008 banning same-sex marriage in the Golden State violates the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the U.S. Constitution, singles out gays and lesbians for a disfavored legal status, and discriminates on the basis of gender and sexual orientation.
Regardless of which side prevails, experts agree the case is likely to be appealed all the way to the highest court in the land.
Cue right-wing media hysteria and homophobia.
by RDemocrat, Sun Sep 20, 2009 at 04:12:38 PM EDT
Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.
Several provisions in the Patriot Act will be coming up for re-authorization this week. Now, I believe the Patriot Act was a big scam, and was pushed across on the American people to cover up for the fact that the Bush Administration was completely incompetent in the runup to 9-11. No rights needed to be stolen for them to be presented with a memo entitled "Bin-Laden Determined to Strike in the United States" a full month before that attack. Unfortunately our President at the time felt it was more important to stay on vacation.