Friday, May 27, 2011

Here, Judge, thanks for the ruling

Could further mark the decline and/or end of our representative process.




The story here. The heart of the article, in part:

Corporations should be able to give directly to politicians just like human beings.


So says Federal Judge James C. Cacheris (was nominated to the federal bench in the Eastern District of Virginia by President Ronald Reagan back in 1981) in his ruling, saying in part: "... for better or worse, Citizens United held that there is no distinction between an individual and a corporation with respect to political speech. Thus, if an individual can make direct contributions within [the law's] limits, a corporation cannot be banned from doing the same thing."


This of course comes on the heels of the awful Citizens United v. the FEC (5-4) ruling that says Corporations and Unions are the same as people. So, if you hated that ruling, then you're about to see a doubled-down dose of that terrible ruling in this opinion.


The madness is now really very ugly. The inmates are in charge for sure.


The question is: who are inmates and what does "being in charge" mean?

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