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Saturday, January 23, 2010

So much for Roberts judicial restraint


The Roberts Supreme Court overturned about 100 years of precedent and existing law in deciding that corporate persons had a first amendment right to give as much as they wanted to presidential campaigns.  This pretty much ends the idea that the Roberts court isn't going to be judicial activists.

This is a terrible decision. It's only mitigated by the fact that corporations (including unions) seem to have discovered many ways to get around existing law and give anyway.  But now it's not possible to close those loopholes.

Why stop with freedom of speech?

If corporations are going to be treated just like real people, what about other parts of the bill of rights, such as the second amendment? There's a scary thought. The Union Army caused enough destruction last time they campaigned in the South.