Sunday, January 24, 2010

All Justices That Sold Democracy Appointed by Republicans

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By Jesse Barron

Millions of Americans are outraged at the Supreme Court’s decision this week that allows corporations to donate unlimited funds to political campaigns.

In the 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that political donations by corporations are protected by the First Amendment. With this ruling, corporations can essentially donate whatever they want to candidates. As an example, if an oil-friendly politician runs for President, there is nothing stopping each of the big oil companies from donating $100 million to his or her campaign. Many political experts worry that the ruling will change future elections. They are fearful that politicians will become more worried about serving corporations rather than the people that elect them and who they are supposed to serve.

One thing that is not really being discussed is which justices sold our democracy. It will probably come as no surprise to Gay Vantage readers that all of the Justices that ruled in favor of corporations being able to buy elections were appointed by Republican Presidents.

Justice Kennedy was appointed by President Reagan
Justice Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush
Just Alito was appointed by President George W. Bush
Justice Scalia was appointed by President Reagan
Justice Thomas was appointed by President George H. W. Bush

Not only are Americans outraged. After the decision was handed down, President Obama said it is “a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”

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