January 4, 2012

THEY DON'T GET TO VOTE EITHER:

Montana Supreme Court upholds election spending limits (Kim Murphy, 1/04/12, Los Angeles Times)

In a 5-2 opinion, the Montana court's majority concluded that the state's long history of well-funded natural resource extractors, small population and historically inexpensive political campaigns allow it to demonstrate compelling government interest in regulating corporate financial muscle. Even one of the justices who dissented -- saying that the U.S. Supreme Court left no room for states to exempt themselves -- argued forcefully against the broad corporate latitude encompassed in the Citizens United decision.

"Corporations are not persons. Human beings are persons, and it is an affront to the inviolable dignity of our species that courts have created a legal fiction which forces people -- human beings -- to share fundamental, natural rights with soulless creatures of government," Justice James C. Nelson wrote in his reluctant dissent.

"Worse still, while corporations and human beings share many of the same rights under the law, they clearly are not bound equally to the same codes of good conduct, decency and morality, and they are not held equally accountable for their sins. Indeed, it is truly ironic that the death penalty and hell are reserved only to natural persons," he wrote.

Pretending that they are persons is just a case of judicial activism at its worst.


Posted by at January 4, 2012 6:46 PM
  

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