Day 2 of Freedom on the March.
Jim Pugh of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce now has the same free speech rights as John Nichols of The Nation/The Capital Times.
That is the result of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered Thursday that goes a long way toward defending free speech for all of us.
Before Thursday, spokesman Jim Pugh and his organization, composed of Wisconsin's largest job providers, could not directly advocate the election or defeat of a political candidate. They could run "issue ads" but had to go completely dark 60 days before a general election. Right when political speech is most important.
The Left is apoplectic. Without reason, I think, but they are.
Exemplifying that hysteria is TheDailyPage forum entry "Your country just died; what are you going to do about it?
This is Ed Garvey, D-Teachers Union, the man who would be governor.
This is, quite frankly, the worst day in American history. Pearl Harbor was awful but we were a democracy willing to lay our lives on the line to preserve that democracy. Not so after this catastrophe. The court has destroyed democracy in our land.
The New York Times, the media corporation that enjoys unfettered freedom of the press, does not want to extend that right to those who do not own a press or a television or radio station.
Havana Paul Soglin has the chutzpah to label the Court's majority as "Right Wing Radical Extremists."
"Hysterical" is not strong enough to describe Keith Olbermann. I have to say, I only started watching this guy Tuesday night after the Massachusetts Miracle. What a hoot!
Thursday night, Olbermann went on a foaming, bulging-vein rant worthy of Howard Beal after huffing glue. Chief Justice John Roberts has now taken his place alongside Roger Taney, author of Dred Scott, opines Olbermann. Straining at his leash, snapping at frightened viewers, Olbermann conjured a hellish dystopia of book burning and race wars, rampant prostitution and graven images in a Bedford Falls bereft of an unborn George Bailey. America as post-quake Haiti sucked of its life blood by the pillagers and rapists of a Fox-fooled Corporate America.
"It is now almost literally true that any political science fiction nightmare you can dream up is now legal." -- Keith Olbermann 01-21-2010.