"This week, the United States Supreme Court handed a huge victory to the special interests and their lobbyists – and a powerful blow to our efforts to rein in corporate influence... This ruling strikes at our democracy itself...In other words, Obama doesn't like the the fact that individuals, corporations, and unions are now on equal footing. In the past 102 yrs since the first campaign finance laws were past in 1907, the law has favored unions to the detriment of individuals, corporations, and business in general, big and small. It isn't entirely clear if Obama believes political contributions is free speech protected by the Constitution, except for unions. In coming months, Team Obama will be working hard to restore the imbalance.
"When this ruling came down, I instructed my administration to get to work immediately with members of Congress willing to fight for the American people to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision... We have begun that work, and it will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done."
However, the commoners don't agree with Obama. Rather, they agree with SCOTUS as the pollsters at Gallup found. The poll was conducted in October 2009, preceding the high court decision by several months.
The SCOTUS decision creates a new question concerning the legal body (corpus) of corporations and the full extent of the rights reasserted last week. Because corporations are considered to be essentially the same as an individual citizen with the abilities, rights, and duties to grow, expand, pay taxes, enter contracts, contribute to political causes, die, etc., do corporations now have a right to vote as any other individual? If so, how is that to be accomplished? If not, is the Court prepared to return to a 'separate but equal' philosophy concerning some bodies, but not others? But, unlike Plessy v. Ferguson, corporations and unions would not be 'separate but equal' to individuals because they would experience taxation without representation which was the prime cause of American independence.
Curiouser and curiouser.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.