President Barack Obama on Saturday sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision easing limits on campaign spending by corporations and labor unions, saying he couldn't "think of anything more devastating to the public interest." He also suggested the ruling could jeopardize his domestic agenda..." according to a story on the lead page of the HuffingtonPost.com
The California State Supreme court upheld unfair discrimination of taxpaying Americans in contract law by upholding Prop. 8, and Obama was silent (as were all the other Democrats). The same week of the ruling to which Obama refers the same court decided that Freedom of the Press and Free Speech, i.e. the First Amendment, did not apply to a Federal Case, a case that tens of thousands WANTED to see, a case the people are paying for, and a case which will, in fact, go all the way to the U.S. Supreme. Obama, and the Democrats, remained silent.
In fact, the Obama administration, Congress and the Senate have sat by as tax paying Americans fight for equality in the courts and remained silent. They have sat silent as the Catholic Church and others directly violate Church and State separation as they sit at the table of Health Care Reform and demand concessions that deny and circumvent a woman's very private right to choose. Not only have they sat by, they've actually conceded.
But the administration's silence as neocons seek control and take it, as courts ignore the rights of the people, as the Supreme Court commits obvious ethics violations by forgetting that their sole purpose in life is to interpret the Constitutionality of law, not the social acceptance or ideologies attached to those laws, is deafening.
But mention money, affect the campaigning, threaten a candidates chance to compete, and he speaks. I agree with him about the ruling, it is the worst ruling made over the last 70 years and if allowed to stand as law will completely turn the process in to a fully corporately controlled and funded one ( a view already widely held).
It's comforting to know that when the Supreme Courts of the land, either Federal or State, side with those that would oppress things like the right to marry or exercise free speech, a Constitutional Scholar like Obama remains quiet, but upset the political process financially and let the comments begin.
Impeachment proceedings should begin against several of the Justices (but won't) for losing their way and violating their oath by applying political and religious ideologies instead of Constitutional principals. But it would appear that to the Obama administration the only way reason to criticize a judge is when their rulings effects politicians or party members.
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