Unequal Protection Under the Law

Thom Hartman and Ralph Nader discuss the mysterious legal concept of “corporate personhood” and its profoundly anti-democratic implications in the wake of the recent SCOTUS decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

By the way, where’s the fulminating outrage from the right-wing about the “activism” of the Supreme Court judges in this instance that overturned more than a century of legal precedent and flouted their own purported doctrine of constitutional “originalism” in order to advance what can only be described as a corporatist ideological agenda?

Right-Wing Affirmation

The saddest part of the highly curious remarks made by Republican South Carolina Lt. Gov. André Bauer this past weekend (i.e., that people receiving government assistance are like “stray animals” because, supplied with ample free food, “they breed” and “don’t know any better”) is that a surprising number of people — and not just in South Carolina — happen to agree with him.

But perhaps even more egregious (or just boneheaded) was his subsequent non-apology where he said, “I never intended to tie people to animals,” before boldly venturing another animal metaphor: “If you have a cat, if you take it in your house and feed it and love it, what happens when you go out of town?”

Indeed. Bauer then went on to note that he’s raised money for a group that protects animals. “I’m not against animals,” he emphatically stated.