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Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican who co-sponsored the McCain-Feingold law, voted to confirm Roberts as chief justice. McCain now has regrets. “I am more disappointed in him than any of the other four that voted to overturn McCain-Feingold,” McCain says.

And, Senator McCain, the entirety of conservatives is pretty much disgusted, let alone disappointed, with you. If you put your mind to the principle behind why Citizens United makes sense – and why liberals hate it so much, maybe your disappointment  will be abated. Mine, unfortunately, is reinforced every time you are quoted in the liberal media as their golden haired (ok: white haired) boy in the “conservative” GOP.

Corporations, such as manufacturing concerns, merchant concerns, financial concerns,  service concerns, and, of course, Unions are collections of US citizens, each taxed by the US government, each entitled to free speech. That they (the aforementioned associations) are based in the US and  taxed on their revenues –  primarily their income – makes them an entity within the US, recognized by the US, as subject to the US laws. Including laws and bureaucratic regulations assigning taxes, fees, and fines against their income, or otherwise restricting their ability to operate in what is supposed to be a free market. Giving corporations no means to communicate their pleasure or displeasure with these laws, aside from affiliated individuals squeaking in the wilderness and casting pennies at the cause would be to enslave them ( the corporations, associations, etc.) to the state – a mild case of fascism. (For those of the “99%”, fascism, in basic terms, is where the government dictates all facets of business for all subject to their rule, but let individuals still “own” the business – hardly the definition you espouse. What this allows government to do is pick the winners and the losers – as Øbama is so fond of doing – but lets the government blame the losers for the the failure of the government’s policies. Which, notably, Øbama is also found of doing. There. Hope that helps.)

Remember what we fought the Revolutionary War over? (For the 99%: The Revolutionary War in the US back in the 1175-1783. That one.) The trigger was taxation without representation. Go look it up. Citizens United ended just such a situation. Adherence to former legal precedence, the complaint from McCain, Specter, Whitehouse et al. would be laughable, if they weren’t supposed to be running this country, as cited precedents violate the 1st Amendment. Roberts’ court, by rolling back issues associated with the Citizens United case was affirming the constitution – notably: their job. Affirming the constitution is not judicial activism. It’s what they’re supposed to be doing.

Why do liberals hate this so much? First, they are always keen to chill free speech – particularly political speech, and particularly from those who do not espouse their ideology. Second, it backfired on them, allowing “angry” money to flow into the coffers of their opponents, actually making it far easier for them to be defeated. And you’ll note that when they complain, when they cite organizations that should not be allowed free speech or to donate to a politician, you do not find organizations they “like”. You do not find unions listed as corporations – though they are all incorporated, and have (ok: had) more wealth than corporations they’ve been sucking the life-blood out of. You do not find Planned Parenthood, a huge profit-generating “women’s heath” concern (read: abortion mill). You do not find the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence or similar. But you certainly do find organizations such as large “evil” corporations. You do see such organizations  as the NRA. Convenient definitions of “corporate America” made to order to the desires of the liberal left who are so aghast at Citizens United.

The only question I have remaining around this is why anything coming from McCain would be considered relevant?


22 June 2012 update: More evidence that McCain is not even tangentially familiar with conservative principles and should retire before his senility brings him on par with Reid:

Senators. John McCain (R-AZ) and Harry Reid (D-NV) plan to introduce legislation to create a United States Boxing Commission that would oversee all fights and work with the various local and regional commissions, promoters, boxers and managers.

Really? REALLY?! THIS is what you think we want your sorry kiesters in Washington for? What conservative principle did you dig THIS out of? Again, Johnny old boy: you thoroughly disgust me. Maverick my ass: you’re a RINO heifer.

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One Response to “Disappointment”

  1. Leonard Marks Says:

    great post

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