Leftists apoplectic over SCOTUS free speech ruling in McCutcheon
The American left is outraged that the Supreme Court has voted 5 to 4 that limits to the aggregate amount of donations to federal campaigns have been found unconstitutional. Prior to the ruling, there was a 123,200 limit ($48,600 for candidates and $74,600 in contributions to PACs) on the total amount a single donor could contribute in a two year federal campaign cycle. The ruling did not affect the existing $2,600 limit on the maximum donation to any Congressional campaign.
As you might have already guessed, Harry Reid had the most predictable reaction, invoking the Koch Brothers.
“The Supreme Court today just accentuated what they did on Citizens United, which is a decision that is one of the worst decisions in the history of that court,” Reid said during a press conference on raising the minimum wage. “All it does is take away people’s rights because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy America.”
Yes, allowing people to do something equals taking away their rights. The logic is clear to Reid, whose tether to reality has been slipping a lot recently.
As Ed Morrissey pointed out, Reid did save one conservative a lot of money:
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Nancy Pelosi, not to be outdone in the stupidity arena, added her own revision of Declaration of Independence:
"I'm concerned about what it means for our democracy. Our founders, they sacrificed their lives, their liberty, their sacred honor for a democracy: a government of the many, not a government of the money," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said during an appearance at the Reuters Health Summit in Washington.
I don’t remember the phrase “government of the many” in the Declaration. In fact, if you read the Federalist Papers, you will see that the founders were rather keen on the concept of a constitutional republic, not a democracy. The Obamacare is not the only thing Pelosi didn’t bother to read, apparently
"It's totally ridiculous. But that is the path that this court is on," Pelosi added, citing the court's landmark 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which cleared the way for unlimited spending by independent groups in federal elections.
Citizens United enraged the left because it allowed people gathered in organizations to express their free speech by advertising and spending money collectively, something the left does not want to allow, unless the organization in question is a labor union, in which case it is a wonderful thing.
CNN anchor Carol Costello echoed criticisms of Citizens United when she said, “Now we know corporations are people and money is people too.”
If money donated itself, she might have a point, but Shaun McCutcheon of Alabama who brought the case is an actual human being. And now he has the right to contribute to as many campaigns as he wishes. That is an obvious victory for free expression and no amount of progressive idiocy can make it otherwise.