Posts Tagged ‘corporations’

Busy day at the Supreme Court

Posted by Troy on 25th June 2012 in Current Events, Political

I’m probably not the only one that checked the headlines every five minutes, hoping for the ruling on Obamacare, but alas it was not to be.  I am glad that they had the heart enough to let us know that it was going to be Thursday.  However, it was still a big day.

The first ruling I would like to talk about is their ruling that minors cannot serve life without parole for murder.  I have mixed feelings for this.  I remember there was a case where a thirteen-year-old killed a six-year-old just to see how it would feel and kept her skull as a trophy.  In her diary, she talked about how thrilling it was and that she would write more after she got home from some party.  The Court ruled that putting a child in prison for life is cruel and unusual or excessive, and as such, unconstitutional.  I see their point, but I’m not entirely sure if I agree.  I still think that excessive fines for piracy  should be visited.  How is $100,000 per illegal download NOT excessive?!  Still, I will give them the benefit of the doubt since they at least tied it to the Constitution.

The second ruling is to reaffirm that corporations have the right to political speech.  I agree with this decision.  Corporations are collections of individuals and should have the right to defend themselves against the free speech of special interest groups and politicians that malign them.

The final ruling is about the Arizona immigration law.  The court struck down most of it but upheld the controversial section which states that the police can check the suspect’s immigration status.  In response, President Obama has instructed ICE not to send agents if AZ finds someone who is there illegally (unless they are wanted for a major felony at least–can’t have THAT making headlines in an election year, can he?).  I think that the Court nailed the decision.  There were some problems with the law that would lead to profiling, but there is no reason why the police cannot check someone’s immigration status if they arrest them.  However, it is clear that Obama has no respect for the rule of law.  He is so hungry for the Latino vote that he is actively undermining the laws that are on the books.  This goes a step worse that just ignoring a law and telling his federal officers not to enforce it.  Now he is thwarting the efforts of the states to enforce laws that they view as vital for the safety of their citizens.  Everything he does is political, and this is inexcusable.

I would like to congratulate the Supreme Court today.  They had an excellent record today in upholding the Constitution and it was across “party lines.”

Long Live the Constitution!

New Constitutional Amendment Denies Bill of Rights

Posted by Troy on 21st April 2012 in Current Events, Political

On the heels of the Citizens United case, the Democrats are now pushing an Amendment to the Constitution that will deny that corporations (profit or otherwise) have any rights under the Constitution (but Unions, I’m sure, are still cool).  That is to say, that only individuals have rights.

First of all, I would like to point out that the Democrats likely have an issue with Citizen’s United SOLELY due to the fact that corporations tend to favor Republicans.  I have a feeling, if it was the other way around, they would be defending the rights of corporations.

Second, corporations are made up of individuals.  They hire individuals.  They sell goods and services to individuals.  They should have every right in the world to defend their interest as long as they are not giving out false information.  If they are found giving out false information, they should be liable the same as any individual.  Here’s a question for ya: a demagogue launches into a tirade about how a factory is polluting the air and the water and that you should elect them so they can force the factory out of town.  Shouldn’t the corporation have the right to buy ads that show that the candidate has ties to a competing company?  Shouldn’t they be able to defend their interest and point out how the local economy depends upon this factory?  If not, then the demagogue wins, boots out the factory, and the town dies as the economy evaporates.

Third, corporations clearly have rights.  Under the proposed Amendment, corporations would have no rights before the law, to searches and seizures, or to speech.  What about the right to gather peacefully?  We could go on an on.  Clearly corporations have rights.

Fourth, this Amendment could set up a police state scenario.  Since news organizations are owned by corporations, a strict reading of the law would give the government a complete right to censure the news.  This is particularly concerning since the First Amendment states that Congress should make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.

Finally, I would like to point out that I do actually commend the Democrats for actually following Congressional law and trying to get what they want by the Amendment process.  They usually just ignore the Constitution and do it anyway.

The cure is worse than the disease in this case.  The current laws are enough to deal with the situation.  What is the liability for libel which causes someone to lose a Presidential election?  It’s huge.  You have the wages lost during the Presidency, book deals, speaking engagements, and the increased earnings after the job.  A few libel suits of this nature would ruin all but the most massive corporations.

Long Live the Constitution!