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Lefty Lamentations

This has been a very bad week for the left.  They’ve received bitch slaps from three different directions, but only one of them will have any lasting impact.

The Democrats lost Ted Kennedy’s senate seat in one of the nation’s most liberal states, a state that already has its own version of Obamacare. (Which has been a complete disaster.)  The election of Senator Scott Brown threatens to drive Obamacare off a bridge and leave it to drown while congress wanders off in a drunken stupor.

The Brown family has the potential to be as entertaining as the Kennedys.  Not only did Scott pose nude for a Playgirl centerfold, his wife started in a video where she simulates a hand job (at about 1:04 in this video)  before getting arrested wearing a bikini.  The only useful thing we get out of our elected weasels is entertainment, and these folks should be able to deliver.

In other news, Air America went belly up.  The network was populated with far left pundits who were as ignorant and pompous as their far right counterparts, but not nearly as entertaining.  Using capitalism to promote socialism wasn’t a viable business model.  Surprise!

And last off all came the Supremes overturning much of the McCain-Feingold free speech limits, declaring that corporations can spend as much as they like to influence elections.

As I understand it (and I’m not a lawyer, so feel free to smartenize me if I’m wrong), corporations are persons under the law.  This legal fiction allows them to be liable for wrongdoing (as opposed their officers being liable), to own property, including intellectual property, and to remain in existence long after their founders have died.  It also gives them rights, including the right of free speech.

I don’t know if that particular right can be reigned in through legislation declaring that free speech applies to individuals and not corporations.  I doubt it, because that would affect the press and political organizations whose sole purpose is political speech.

My first response to this story was surprise that the Supremes finally made a correct decision, although to be fair, they usually get First Amendment cases right.  It’s the only part of the entire constitution that they actually understand.  When they’re finished completely eviscerating it the one right we’ll have left is the right to bitch about it.

My second response was agreeing with the liberals: this will allow corporations to purchase every single congress weasel.

My third response was: So what else is new?  Congress has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Corporate America for decades.  If it’s good for corporations, it becomes law.  If it’s good for American citizens, feh.

Occasionally congress pretends they’re doing something good for us, but digging just a bit deeper almost always reveals it’s a gift to one of their corporate buddies.  The sole exception is when they’re grabbing more power or money for government itself. Unsmartenized people are routinely fooled into thinking congress is looking out for them, but anyone with the slightest connection to reality knows who “their” representatives really serve.

Brown’s election could (and should) derail Obamacare and Cap and Tax, but the other two stories, which have the lefties wringing their pale, uncallused hands, won’t change anything.  A station no one listened to went off the air.  Boo Hoo.  And congress weasels will still be able to sell out to the highest bidder.   Ho hum, what’s for dinner?

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  1. Hey, I thought the exact same thing! Nice to know I’m not alone.

    Vedrfolnir | Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

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