I read an interesting post on Salon this morning, and followed it over to the personal blog of the guy who wrote it.
Notwithstanding that the SCOTUS has deliberately decided not to rule on the corporate personhood issue, they have decided that corporations have the right to as much if not more free speech than us biological units.
What is more central an exercise of free speech than the right to vote?
Remember when Pat Robertson declared that Hurricane Katrina was God punishing New Orleans for being sinful? Remember when he said that the great tsunami was God punishing Thailand, Indonesia, etc, killing millions of people because they weren’t born Christian? Remember after the Haiti earthquake he announced on television that God was punishing Haitians for their ancestors having made a “pact with the devil” to free them from slavery, a combination of good old right wing historical revisionism, racism, and Christianizing?
Well, it’s clear to me. The winter storm of the century has hit Washington DC, and God is punishing Congress for listening to lobbyists and the assholes on C Street and failing to pass meaningful health care and economic reform.
Okay, so it’s been a few crazy weeks here. I’m still shaking my head over the Supreme Court decision that gave corporations the go-ahead to buy up all the government they wanted. Bye-bye, democracy of the people.
And lieutenant governor Andre Bauer of South Carolina now running for Governor to succeed the sex-scandal-plagued and delusional Mark Sanford… Well, you already should know there’s an issue when the words “South Carolina” come up in a sentence. He said, most amazingly
“My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed! You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that.”
Okay, so he thinks we should starve poor people to keep them too malnourished to breed. There wasn’t a lot of support for this, though some people tried to say it was just a bad choice of words. No, wait! He clarified by saying that he loves stray animals and donates money and does volunteer work at a shelter. But dang, you take those animals in your house and feed them, and next thing you know they get dependent on you, so when you go off and abandon them, they can’t take care of themselves anymore.
Wait, what??? He loves animals, but he thinks it’s okay to abandon your pets?
Honestly, I think I should have a category just for South Carolina.