"Git me! I'm giving out free speech!"
what_now: Jesus Christ. These justices should dress like NASCAR drivers.
TuteTibiImperes: FTFA: Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome of the case, but wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.Justice Thomas desperately needs to go EABOD.
BunkoSquad: And yet if I offer to sell my vote for 100 bucks, I get in trouble.
James!: It's not even a planet anymore.
James!: That's one way to get rich people to plow their money back into the economy.
R.A.Danny: dr_blasto: R.A.Danny: ciberido: Road Rash: You would think Soros, Bloomberg, the unions, etc., would be happy about this.You MIGHT think that, if you were rather dim.Or is this an attempt to resurrect that old "liberal elite" claptrap?Are you saying Bloomberg doesn't like to use his money to get his way?He was a Republican. I don't think he qualifies as "liberal elite" other than the fact that his weirdo nanny state shiat is often and incorrectly associated with leftism and not the regular old fascism he actually represents.He should be wearing a tutu in the Tenderloin district he's so liberal.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: Lemme guess... 5-4?/Koch suckers
Irving Maimway: FML.Well, there's just no pretending this is a republic anymore is there?
Psycat: I know of the type of people of whom you speak. I call them "trailer-park objectivists"
Phinn: Loadmaster: sendtodave: How will people with no money or power change the world?Loadmaster: People with no power or money by definition cannot change the world.That's why representative forms of government were invented. In most instances, by forceful revolution.sendtodave: I guess we operate under the pretense that our representatives actually represent our interests, and not their own.Smart voters vote for representatives whose interests come closest to their own interests.Politics is a contest of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.I can't believe the Prog butthurt on display today. It's sweet to drink in the tears, but kind of sad at the same time -- emotional children who sincerely believe the whole "voting" story about "representatives" and "democracy."It's like seeing a 10 year-old learning there's no Santa.
KellyX: These people are going to be shocked and question why them, on the day they're all put up against the wall.
Teiritzamna: <smart things>
DamnYankees: It is amazing that in the same week you have GOP Presidential candidates all traveling to Las Vegas to bow and kiss the ring of a mega-donor in a rather sickening display of groveling, the USSC can make this decision. Pretty insane.
Friction8r: The FECKLESS crowd has massive butthurt in this thread. As a public service reminder, FECKLESS is an acronym:FarkEchoChamber ofKookyLiberalsEspousingStupidShiat./welcome
FTDA: TuteTibiImperes: FTFA: Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome of the case, but wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.Justice Thomas desperately needs to go EABOD.Agreed./I'm a Moderate Republican.
MattStafford: I love playing Devil's Advocate on these kinds of things, but I seriously have nothing. Constitutionally, it makes sense, but trying to come up with a reason that this particular practice should be allowed outside of "constitution sez so" is a pretty tough task.
FlashHarry: In 2012,sixty percent of the Super PAC money donated by individuals came from just 91 people, and 97 percent came from just 1,900 donors. The total amount that PACs raised from small donors of $200 or less is roughly equivalent to the amount given by just 629 "megadonors," who each contributed $100,000 or more.
SphericalTime: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Lemme guess... 5-4?/Koch suckersI presume. I only see 4 on the opinion, but there has to be one more.
SilentStrider: And yet people laugh at Occupy for being pissed off about the politic system.
AliceBToklasLives: But it is insane to claim that there is some kind of equivalence between the $1,000 I could spend to express my free speech and the $50,000,000 that George Soros
EyeballKid: How long 'til the Republican Party breaks up into two groups: the Adelson Party, and the Koch Party?
chapman: The second half:
MaudlinMutantMollusk: MaudlinMutantMollusk: James!: That's one way to get rich people to plow their money back into the economy.It is rather amusing watching a congresscritter spit out a corporate dick to accuse the corporation of wrong-doing, thoughWell that was just wrong
keylock71: Absolutely disgusting... But not surprising. We've been a Plutocracy with a thin façade of Democracy for a long time now.
chapman: Yes. Somebody needs to stop those Koch Bros from spending so much money, I mean just look at this list of top donors and how the Koch Bros insidiously don't even make the top 25:
Serious Black: zedster: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts: 'We have made clear that Congress may not regulate campaign contributions to protect against corruption'Are you goddamn serious? That was part of the opinion?
vudukungfu: How long until there is an American Al Quaeda party?American Taliban party?
Princess Ryans Knickers: wait till it backfires like Citizens United and the Democratics take the House due to this ruling
d23: FarkedOver: There needs to be an campaign contribution amendment if you want to completely circumvent the supreme court.Someone smarter than I need to figure out how we can have a constitutional convention without the asshole politicians being involved.
Misch: Well, at least we can equate political donations with flag burning, funeral protests and Nazi parades.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: Lemme guess... 5-4?
SphericalTime: I presume. I only see 4 on the opinion, but there has to be one more.
TuteTibiImperes: Yup, along the usual lines
somedude210: ....well then, I can't wait to see just how expensive 2014 is going to be then..../on the bright side, we have proven that money doesn't necessarily buy an election//see 2012
somedude210: James!: That's one way to get rich people to plow their money back into the economy.if only the people they donated too would actually buy shiat in mass amounts and not horde it all
MaudlinMutantMollusk: James!: That's one way to get rich people to plow their money back into the economy.It is rather amusing watching a congresscritter spit out a corporate dick to accuse the corporation of wrong-doing, though
Marcus Aurelius: John Roberts just said that money doesn't corrupt politics.He sounds utterly corrupt.
SphericalTime: Serious Black: zedster: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts: 'We have made clear that Congress may not regulate campaign contributions to protect against corruption'Are you goddamn serious? That was part of the opinion?"The government has a strong interest, no less critical to our democratic system, in combatting corruption and its appearance," Roberts wrote. "We have, however, held that this interest must be limited to a specific kind of corruption - quid pro quo corruption - in order to ensure that the government's efforts do not have the effect of restricting the First Amendment right of citizens to choose who shall govern them."
SphericalTime: We need a clear constitutional amendment, I guess. Which groups are already working on this? The ACLU?
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