President Obama’s State of the Union address proved once again that the Community-Organizer-In-Chief hates corporations almost as much as the late historian Howard Zinn did.
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In fact Obama, who frequently and fondly recounts his time as a constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago, lied about the impact of the decision and even Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times called him on it.
Law professor Bradley A. Smith, a former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, who, like Obama, graduated from Harvard Law School, charitably described the president’s statement as “blithering ignorance of the law or demagoguery of the worst kind.”
Despite the ruling in Citizens United, foreign nationals including foreign corporations continue to be prohibited from making “a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election” under 2 U.S.C. Section 441e, which Smith noted was not at issue in the case.
The same law also prevents foreign corporations from making any contribution or donation to any committee of any political party and from making any “expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication,” Smith wrote.
Because the right is dramatically outgunned in the world of campaign finance, the left would prefer that billionaire leftists like George Soros, Peter B. Lewis, and the subprime mortgage hucksters Herb and Marion Sandler, who have already made their money in the corporate world, be allowed to use their mountains of cash to control the political debate.
Unsurprisingly, the liberal Secretary of State Project, which Soros helped to create to allow Democrats to steal (even more) elections, decried the Citizens United decision in a mass email to supporters as the “worst decision since Bush v. Gore.”
The shadowy group has endorsed Rep. Alan Grayson’s (D-Fla.) six-bill “Save Our Democracy” platform. You might know Grayson as the colorful congressman who wanted political adversary Angie Langley jailed for criticizing him.
The six-bill platform would slap a 500% excise tax on corporate contributions to political committees and on corporate expenditures on political advocacy campaigns. It would also prevent companies making political contributions and expenditures from trading their stock on national exchanges.
MoveOn, another Soros investment property, told its followers the ruling was “the most scandalous decision since Bush v. Gore.” The group promised to “tackle the single biggest and best solution to the corporate corruption problem” by pushing a “constitutional amendment to undo the damage of the horrible Supreme Court decision.”
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president Andrew Stern, President Obama’s closest ally in the labor movement, said the decision, which also allows labor unions to spend freely on elections, will lead to the “unlimited corporatization of our economy.”
“Now we have the right to spend unlimited money apparently in ways we want; unfortunately we don’t have unlimited money,” Stern said.
At least Stern was honest about his motives.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online