Thursday, January 21, 2010

Half-Court Shot

So much has happened in such a short time. Scott Brown takes "the people's" senatorial seat in Massachusetts and the dynamics of the Senate are changed. The U.S. Supreme Court rules (5-4) that current federal regulations on corporate contributions to political campaigns violate the First Amendment, basically saying corporations can engage in independent political speech, but they cannot do it anonymously.

Too much to digest all at once. But one thought re the complaint that the Citizens United v. FEC decision overturns previous decisions dating back to 1907: was not this can of worms opened when the Court overturned the odious "separate but equal" precedent (Plessy v. Ferguson) in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education in 1954? A liberal colleague had argued for increased "legislative" rulings from the supreme court on the basis of Brown and of Roe et al v Wade (she was obviously pro abortion). As happens so many times in U.S. politics, the shoe is on the other foot.



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