Monday, January 21, 2008

Shame on You, Federal Courts!

Federal judges in a US District court have upheld the rights of the Federal Government to limit political speech. Citizens United has been told to knock off the obviously campaign-related advertisements or abide by full-disclosure and disclaimer rules required of campaign advertising.

This makes my blood boil every time I think about it. Yours should too. Think about it. This movie, right or wrong, good or bad, is a political statement. Whether it is intended, as Judges Royce C. Lamberth, A. Raymond Randolph, and Richard W. Roberts seem to believe; to affect the voting for Senator Clinton--or ANY candidate--should be utterly irrelevant!!! It is SPEECH, and is protected BY THE CONSTITUTION!!!

You judges should be utterly ashamed of yourselves for selling out the people you are here to protect! How DARE YOU?! The Campain Reform Act does NOT trump the Contitution of the United States of America! YOU do not trump the Constitution of the United States of America! It is the Constitution which bestows your power upon you, and you IGNORE it!

And yet, I have not heard ONE candidate or leader on either side of the political fence say one word about this travesty of justice! What is it? The Constitution is "nice" when you get something out of it, but who cares when some "little person" has their rights trampled on?

You elected officials take an oath to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic", but I see very little effort from ANYONE in government to fulfill that oath.

You judges, more than the rest, should be ashamed. You are utterly derelict in your duty to protect the Constitution.

Governments Living on Glass Planets...

I've seen a few recent news articles about downtrends in international financial markets as a response to recent US stock market plunges and poor fiscal outlook. Dropping dollar vs. euro stories are old news, except to gloat new record dollar devaluations, or rising trade influx from abroad seeking bargains in depressed American economic sectors. In short, the economy sucks in the US, and foreigners are jumping in to take advantage of it.

The thing is, everything is connected. I'm no economist, and I don't understand why the dollar started falling to begin with. I mean, the root cause. Perhaps a slowing nationwide housing market has had something to do with it. Or maybe across-the-board rising costs due to rising crude oil prices are causing industry to either raise prices (reducing demand) or take a loss (reducing money supply). Regardless, worldwide America-haters have been chortling in glee. Clearly, to them, the cost of immoral leadership and imperialist meddling is the flagging economy we are currently enduring. I do not know. The fact is, our economy is having a rough spot, and people around the world love that. Or did.

The thing is, the US is not merely the tyrannical giant they imagine us to be. Tyrants don't bother paying. They take, and those who don't go along, suffer. Really, the US is the hottest market on the planet. When that market pulls back, merchants take a hit. Those merchants are the governments and people of the world.

What we have now is a temporary market shift. We've had them in the past, and they usually straighten out fairly quickly. When they don't we end up with a recession, or even a depression. The rest of the world may think that's funny, but the laughing has just stopped.

His Not-so-humble Opinions

Democrat leaders have tried to turn down the volume on President Clinton's attacks on Senator Obama, and his other campaign tactics. A San Francisco reporter was harshly pummeled verbally by Pres. Clinton for asking his involvement in the attempts to redefine the Nevada caucus system in court after it appeared Senator Obama might gain an advantage from it. The Democrat leadership is wasting its breath.

President Clinton, the celebrated husband of the Democrat presidential primary candidate, Senator Clinton, has drawn some fire for stating his opinions regarding his wife's campaign, her opponents, and the attacks she has drawn herself as a candidate. According to a Newsweek article, Senator Kennedy has reportedly advised the former President to "tone it down" (my paraphrasing), because Pres. Clinton's assaults are making the Democrat party, as a whole, look bad.

While I can certainly sympathize with this concern, consider who we are talking about. William Jefferson Clinton is a former governor and president. For eight years he was the leader of the free world. During his entire career as an elected official, he was unable to restrain his nature, leading to scandals galore. Think about the psychological effects of two decades of executive power and lascivious lifestyle. Consider the ramifications upon the core being of the person who is having his cake and eating it too, and being fanatically defended against those who are trying to point out his flaws.

His wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, may or may not have been entirely aware of his activities. Regardless, Sen. Clinton vigorously, if not viciously, defended her husband. She went to far as to allege an imaginary 'Vast right wing conspiracy' to explain the continuous barrage of media artillery against her spouse. Sen. Clinton herself faced some of the onslaught as a bystander, and certainly as an active First Lady. As First Lady of Arkansas, and later as First Lady of the United States, Senator Clinton fought in the trenches to defend her husband in battles he started. I am NOT going to argue the moral superiority of either side. I am merely pointing out that Senator Clinton took the heat for her man.

No Democrat leader is going to tell President Clinton to "tone it down" and expect to have that advise followed. To President Clinton, the only possible course of action at any time is that which brings his wife closer to winning the presidential election. ANY statement, action, claim, attack, or baldfaced lie which wins Senator Clinton votes is, by definition, appropriate. ONLY Senator Clinton has ANY power to squelch the former President. And unless his assaults harm her candidacy--and ONLY then--we should not expect her to do so.