Friday, January 22, 2010

Big Dan's Big News Jan 22, 2010

What did the ACTIVIST CONSERVATIVE BUSH Supreme Court just do to our democracy?

"WE THE CORPORATIONS......." (the end of America; the biggest decision in the history of America won't be televised on the corporate owned media...except for Olbermann/Maddow/Schultz...if you watch rightwing media, boy did YOU pick the wrong horse! You've been HAD by them, because they're not I've been telling you.)

...btw...there was virtually ZERO coverage of this in rightwing media!

This is in the above montage of videos, but it deserves a spot by itself:

In Landmark Campaign Finance Ruling, Supreme Court Removes Limits on Corporate Campaign Spending

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court rules corporations can spend unlimited amounts of money to elect and defeat candidates. One lawmaker describes it as the worst Supreme Court decision since the Dred Scott case justifying slavery. We speak with constitutional law professor, Jamin Raskin.

In what could prove to be the most consequential Supreme Court decision in decades, all five of the Court’s conservatives joined together today to invalidate a sixty-three year-old ban on corporate money in federal elections. In the process, the Court overruled a twenty year-old precedent permitting such bans on corporate electioneering; and it ignored the protests of the four more moderate justices in dissent.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the dissenters:
Today’s decision is backwards in many senses. It elevates the majority’s agenda over the litigants’ submissions, facial attacks over as-applied claims, broad constitutional theories over narrow statutory grounds, individual dissenting opinions over precedential holdings, assertion over tradition, absolutism over empiricism, rhetoric over reality. Our colleagues have arrived at the conclusion that Austin must be overruled and that §203 is facially unconstitutional only after mischaracterizing both the reach and rationale of those authorities, and after bypassing or ignoring rules of judicial restraint used to cabin the Court’s lawmaking power. … At bottom, the Court’s opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.

Citizens United Decision: ‘A Rejection Of The Common Sense Of The American People’

DENY corporations 'persondhood': make the recent SCOTUS decision MOOT! Move to amend the Constitution to permanently deny these mere 'legal abstractions' the power to buy OUR government !

Jim Hightower: 'A Black-Robed' Coup d'Etat'

Supreme Court's Ruling Would Allow Bin Laden to Donate to Sarah Palin's Presidential Campaign - Greg Palast

Constitutional Amendment Considered In Response To Supreme Court Decision On Campaign Finance (VIDEO)

The Corporation

International arrest warrants requested at the Hague for Bush & Co.: International Criminal Court Complaint Filed Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Tenet, Rice, Gonzales

The Radicalization Of America By GOP Operatives And America's Future, Part 1

Feeling the Hate in Tel Aviv -- The Sequel to the Video YouTube Censored

Max Blumenthal and Jesse Rosenfeld interview young Tel Aviv residents about Iran, Obama and right-wing laws limiting the speech rights of their Palestinian-Israeli neighbors. The shocking responses reflect the deepening of racist and authoritarian trends in Israeli society. This is the sequel to "Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem," the video banned by YouTube, Vimeo and the Huffington Post after topping 400,000 hits.

Rage Against the Machine - Renegades of Funk

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