Sunday, January 22, 2012

Second Anniversary of the Citizens United Ruling

"It’s not the first time in American history that the Supreme Court ruled in such an appalling fashion. 

They were the ones who originally decreed in Dred Scott v. Sandford that human beings who happen to have darker pigmentation could not be free citizens of the United States. 

 They were the ones who originally deemed in Bailey v. Drexel Furniture Co. that companies could not be penalized for employing children in their factories… and, of course, they also ruled in Bush v. Gore that George W. Bush would be “irreparably harmed” if the state of Florida finished counting all it’s votes and Al Gore was actually allowed to assume the office of Presidency he legally won – the “irreparable harm” to the people of the United States be damned.

For years, Bush v Gore was considered by many scholars to be the Supreme Court’s worst decision of modern times… until they topped themselves with Citizen’s United . . ."

Antonin Scalia defended the Citizens United decison recently:

I don't care who is doing the speech — the more the merrier," Scalia said. "People are not stupid. If they don't like it, they'll shut it off.

dissenting justice, Stephan Breyer said when a decision isn't unanimous, "somebody is making a mistake."

Breyer added: 

There are real problems when people want to spend lots of money on a candidate ... they'll drown out the people who don't have a lot of money.

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