January 29, 2010

Alito Tells It Like It Is

Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito for having the courage to tell Barack Obama exactly what he is: a liar. Not that this is news to anyone, Obama has been lying since his days of corruption in Chicago politics. But the forum in which Alito expressed himself, in front of a worldwide audience while sitting just a few rows in front of Obama, was priceless.

In case you missed it, while delivering his State of the Union address, Obama said: "With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections."
While Democrats stood and applauded, cameras showed the justices sitting expressionless. Except for Alito. "Not true, not true," he appeared to say, as he shook his head and furrowed his brow.
The issue in itself is not relevant and whether or not you agree with the court's decision is not the focus. What is at issue here is Obama's unprecedented move of infringing on the absolute separation of the branches of government. And if he chooses to venture into this uncharted territory, which I suppose is his right, he most certainly should expect a response, and he got one. Shockingly, he didn't like that.

Once again, Obama tried to use the bully pulpit on national TV to make his point. Did he criticize the court's opinion immediately after the decision? Nope, he showed the nation exactly what he's made of by holding off until he could make his accusations in front of the country in an obvious attempt to embarrass and intimidate members of the Supreme Court. Real classy, Barry. You're a true inspiration.


Niagara Prognosticator said...

And once again, the reactionary right has glorified a wrong headed Supreme Court decision for the sake of short term political expediency.

But leave that aside for the moment, lets consider the potential impact of the decision on the politics of NY State. And more specifically, the political impact and influence of public employee unions. A favorite target on these pages.

In short, the US Supreme Court has unleashed a political monster.

Currently in NY (and other states), there is a whole body of jurisprudence and regulatory schemes that limit how unions raise and spend money in political campaigns. Unions are required to raise and segregate funds wholly separate and apart from the dues collection system. In other worlds, any political funds that the unions spend are donated voluntarily by will ing members.

Individual union members have been recognized as having a free speech right to NOT support causes and candidates with which they disagree or oppose. Individuals who do not support the liberal causes of most unions are able to withhold their financial support and force unions to use their dues only for collective bargaining.

So unions, prior to the SCOTUS decision, if they are to be politically active, have been forced to set up political action committees (PAC) to participate in the political process.

So now that the US Supreme Court has unshackled the unions, what will all you right wingers do to guard against more political power for the public employee unions?

SEIU, CSEA, NYSUT and the rest must be smelling the blood of taxpayers in the water.

Pat said...

You should stay on topic Mr. Prognosticator. Obama was claiming the Supreme Court decision would open the doors to foreign companies spending money to influence campaigns. This is not true. But then it's not the first time he lied or embellished the truth. Unions have long coerced their members' votes and funneled their dues in support of candidates that their members had no say in.

If this is such a terrible ruling for all of us, why are the Democrats so panicked?