“AIPAC is about to hold their annual meeting...since they'll be in one place , all at the same time, might be a good time to declare the anti-American plotters to be the enemies of America we know them to be and arrest the lot of them. I hear there's plenty of room in the cell block where Jonothan Pollard is kept. The very reason Osama Ben Laden (may he burn in Hell), gave for the suicide-mission attack against us was because of our support for Zionism's 6 decades of murder, torture and genocide against the indigeonous people of Palestine. We need to cut these people (Zionists) off and take care of our own. It doesn't mean we're all that excited about Mohammedism...just that we care about Americans.”
Oleg1 on Mar 17, 2010 at 18:18:32
“A peasant's pernicious belligerency, indeed.”
Oleg1 on Mar 17, 2010 at 18:17:31
“Lemme guess. You propably call yourself liberal American, when you talk to your neighbors in Holland.
No doubt your opinion is very representative of American liberal ..khem... tolerance and acceptance of other perspectives... LOL”
“So long as the boob-wazee think that they are somehow not working class, they'll never know enough to look upward to see where the yellow rain is coming from. A spine is a terrible thing to lose....and working clas Americans have lost theirs. indeed, have had, through 50 years of television zombiefication had the words class warfare removed from their collective synapses. Oh, Aldus, wherefore art thou? What mischief have you done?”
qdog112 on Mar 6, 2010 at 07:55:46
“Too clever by half. When has the working class in American ever had clout or a spine as, you put it? This nation has always been about the top getting their cut first and making the masses fight for the crumbs. That's precisely how they are able to divert attention from the real picture.
They keep us fighting among ourselves for the crumbs and they can go spend their fortunes amassed through cheap and cheaper labor. That's how I see it.”
“It's moot, of course, as the recent supreme court decision in Citizens United v. FEC allows the unbridled intrusion of domestic and foreign corporate entities access into America's elections. the 2 trillion dollar sovereign fund available to the Chinese will allow them to purchase any senator or congressman they desire...they can even target specific committe members...and they will.”
hp blogger Linda R. Monk, J.D. on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:59:29
“Actually, it's Article I, Section 8. And while you are correct that this language appears under the section grant Congress its powers, the Supreme Court has tended to hang its hat more upon the Commerce Clause. That's where the precedents lie.
FDR was not proposing the "Economic Bill of Rights" as a constitutional amendment. Rather, he was attempting to reshape the public debate around how the Constitution was interpreted.
The framers did not intend for corporations to have the same free speech rights as citizens, but that did not stop the "originalists" on the Court from holding so in its recent case.”
hp blogger Linda R. Monk, J.D. on Feb 24, 2010 at 11:48:42
“I oppose the decision myself, but I still believe it is up to the American citizen to cast an informed ballot. Perhaps this decision will lead to a widespread discrediting of TV advertising, and reduced $$ in the coffers of broadcast/cable companies, and that would be a good thing.”
“Professor Schweber, suposedly an expert in matters political is close to having the world view of Voltire's Dr. Pangloss; i.e. that things are this way because they've always been this way and so they're supposed to be this way. Unfortunately, the sort of very large money which will now bribe America's legislators into an even more foaming-at-the-mouth, totally-for-sale, pack of sniveling dogs is beyond his scope/experience. The 6 billion dollars in profit racked in by the 100 largest corporations, can now be used to totally control the behavior and misery of 300 million American Peasants...simply by applying only 1% of their profits to swamp/drown/buy elections. that's leaving out the 2 trillion dollar sovreign fund the Chinese have ready to toss in any direction they've a mind to..”
ECJLA on Jan 27, 2010 at 18:02:50
The late California pol Jesse Unruh said it best: "Money is the mother's milk of politics."
Serious left-liberal candidates have never had anything like the backing they presumably soon will have during campaign seasons from fellow-travelling deep-pocketed electioneering non-profits. (See my comment below.)
Regarding the potential "drowning out" problem, there is only so much bandwidth available during election season. Only so many tv and radio political ad slots, only so many websites and print media advertising outlets, only so many organizers to go door-to- door, only so many rallies and debates one can attend, etc.. Once progressive candidates or their supporters have the ability to spend the threshold sum (not small) required to run a dignified and effective campaign, the ability of one side or the other to spend money is the political equivalent of bombs that make the rubble bounce.
(If broadcasters did dare auction off available commercial time during the final stages of a campaign to the highest bidder, in effect, allowing the message of rightist candidates to dominate the airwaves during the critical election day run-up, that would have to prevented "by any means necessary". Presumably legislation would suffice.)
Once there is enough money to effectively get a candidate's message out eloquently to the multitudes, it becomes a war of ideas and character of the competing candidates or cause's advocates.
That is a fight real progressives can and will win.