From John’s friends at the New York Times…
WASHINGTON — Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.
The ruling was a vindication, the majority said, of the First Amendment’s most basic free speech principle — that the government has no business regulating political speech. The dissenters said allowing corporate money to flood the political marketplace will corrupt democracy.
The 5-to-4 decision was a doctrinal earthquake but also a political and practical one. Specialists in campaign finance law said they expected the decision, which also applies to labor unions and other organizations, to reshape the way elections are conducted.
“If the First Amendment has any force,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority, which included the four members of its conservative wing, “it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”
Thank you Justice Kennedy. Gee, as an aside, the Kennedy name isn’t doing much for liberals and fools these days, huh?
Senator McCain, your chickens are coming home to roost. And it’s about time. Let me be really clear, I don’t consider John McCain a RINO. He’s a self-absorbed, self-promoting schmuck who doesn’t give a damn about anything buy John McCain and the nearest camera. He’d sell his mother for a good prime time news slot.
Again, this particular subject was addressed in 2000 when GWB promised to veto it and then chickened out, choosing to let SCOTUS do his job. Well, they finally have. And, it’s past time, but it’s welcome.
One more time, thank you Justice Kennedy.