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Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Morning Hangover Part II

Still looking back at the week of Jan. 17-23...

Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down federal laws which limited the amount of money a corporation could spend on a political campaign. The corporations still cannot give an unlimited amount of money directly to a political candidate, but now, there is no limit to the amount of money a corporation can spend on their own political ads on a candidate's behalf. The decision, which reverses several decades of precedent, is particularly stunning considering that it comes at a time in which many think that our federal government is almost completely incalpable of passing meaningful legislation because of the influence of big money and the corporate lobbying of Congress. Of course, it is no coincidence that the five most conservative Justices voted in favor of the decision, the Republican Party's base being those very corporations, i.e. the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, etc., which just spent over $100 million in 2009 to defeat political candidates who favor Pres. Obama's health care legislation.
But even more oddly, was blonde Republican bimbo and baby machine, "The View"'s Elisabeth Hasselbeck's, deafening silence on the issue today. Usually, when the Supreme Court rules against a Republican interest, it is Hasselbeck who squawks the loudest about the evil that is "judicial activism". ("Judicial activism" is a vague term, first coined in 1947, but regardless of its true meaning, when the devotees of Fox News use it, it simply means that a court made a ruling with which they do not agree.)
How strange that Hasselbeck saw no hint of judicial activism in this Supreme Court ruling. The Republicans are nothing if not inconsistent, ass-licking hypocrites. What we wish is that every time Hasselbeck feels the need to repeat another Fox News talking point, which her tiny mind confuses with original thought, we could find an Activist Judge with a big, burly, butch, bull-dyke bailiff to smack her in the mouth. Now that's judicial activism we could live with.

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