Friday, January 22, 2010

Activist Judges Work to Dismantle Constitution

With yesterday's 5-4 SCOTUS decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the court has gone against its own precedents and established something that "The Founders" never intended or anticipated. And, as you know, that's the argument that The Right has been using against every single "liberal" decision for the last million years.

Damn activist judges...

So now corporations are "persons", with all the rights -- but apparently none of the responsibilities -- of real flesh and blood human beings.

Does this mean that corporations will have the right to vote in elections? Does this mean that they will have the right to keep and bear arms (Note: See Blackwater)?

Something else: If I have enough loose cash to take over a corporation and then dismantle it, essentially "killing" it, will that be a capital crime?

On the plus side, does this mean that corporations who kill people (again, see Blackwater) or commit other criminal acts will be executed or have to spend long jail terms?

This little exercise in reductio ad absurdem will serve, I hope, to illustrate how corrupt the Supreme Court has become, to be able to issue a decision like this one with a completely straight face.


John said...

Has anyone who matters considered how the decision about corporate election spending can be affected by foreign subsidiaries?

Anthony Pitman said...

Isn't it amazing they are only activist when it's not something the rethugs want? Keep giving 'em hell farnsworth.

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that mergers will now be called marriages? After all, Corporations should be able to get ALL the benefits of that institution too, right SCOTUS? You sh*tbags. On the other hand, plenty of foreigners hate the loud-mouth, Flag-wavin', beer swillin', NASCAR watchin', gun-totin', typical American and the political party they tend to support, so hey, if they want to pour money into the US elections to try and sway it, whatever. We already have a huge influence in US politics: Rupert Murdock.
Mark my words, the first time a company with a foreign subsidiary runs ads against the "Repug" candidate they will rewrite history and blame Obama for allowing it... and the faithful shall believe.

Farnsworth68 said...

Right on, Anon!
It's actually going to be a whole lotta fun if we get to watch the Rethug assholes in full 180 mode, once they figure out that THEY are the ones at risk here.