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  1. Gary Kleppe commented on Stuart Carlson 4 days ago

    Um, you know, saying “that doesn’t make sense” and then walking away isn’t much of an argument. The US Constitution guarantees certain rights to individual persons. Corporations only have what rights they are specifically given. The other part of that decision, that the right to free speech must entitle one to spend money, is also a load of crap. Money isn’t speech. I can ask a legislator to vote a certain way on a bill, but if I pay that legislator for it, I’m guilty of bribery.

    Yes, a law can’t go against the Constitution. But PPACA doesn’t, as even John Roberts admitted. All persons are entitled to equal protection and the government has the power to enforce that right. Certainly the PPACA is a Rube-Goldbergish solution and only moves us a little closer to equal protection, but it’s better than nothing. The real solution would be to eliminate paid insurance and make health care a public service as other countries have done, but I’ve no doubt you and Scalia would be against that too.

  2. Gary Kleppe commented on Stuart Carlson 5 days ago

    1) Rubbish. He arbitrarily stopped the votes from being counted and decreed one candidate, which just happened to be the one his son worked for, to be the winner. Bush vs. Gore was so ridiculously contrived that it explicitly contained a clause saying it was not to be used as precedent in subsequent cases.

    2) They are organizations of people. That does not make them people themselves. It’s a basic principle of logic: The property of the whole is not necessarily the same as the property of the constituent parts. The people making up the ownership of the corporation have legal rights. The corporation itself does not necessarily have the same legal rights, except when Scalia wants to use this as an excuse to entitle his buddies in the Republican Party to unlimited SuperPAC money.

    3) Whether Hobby Lobby applies to corporations or people is beside the point. Nobody has a (legal) right to violate the law, not even if a cosmic sky deity tells him to do it. If my religion forbids me from stopping at red octagonal signs, it doesn’t let me ignore traffic tickets. Clearly Scalia doesn’t like PPACA, but it’s the law of the land, and his consistent attempts to undermine it are exactly the kind of judicial activism that he claims he disapproves of.

    4) Yes, everybody makes mistakes, but most of us would think twice about a decision that stripped millions of legal protection for no real reason. This wasn’t an isolated incident, this was part of a clear pattern where Scalia does whatever he wants and then rationalizes it with phony legalistic "reasoning.:

  3. Gary Kleppe commented on Stuart Carlson 5 days ago

    Oh yeah, I forgot an important one. Scalia and his four cohorts decided on their own to kill the Voting Rights Act which had been passed repeatedly with wide bipartisan support. So, according to Scaly: Defending equal marriage rights is NOT within the purview of the SC, but defending highly unequal voting rights IS. Makes perfect sense, if you’re a wingnut elitist who thinks that only people like you should have rights.

  4. Gary Kleppe commented on Matt Davies 6 days ago

    Told by whom? Funny, I thought that the President was the chief executive.

  5. Gary Kleppe commented on Stuart Carlson 6 days ago

    Let’s remember some of the things the court’s done that Scalia supported:

    • Arbitrarily stopping the vote-counting process in Florida and handing the Presidency to his own favored candidate

    • Declaring that corporations are people and must be entitled to unlimited campaign spending

    • Deciding that corporations like Hobby Lobby can have religious beliefs which exempt them from following the law

    The list goes on. But the court mustn’t enforce the fourteenth amendment, because that would be legislating from the bench.

  6. Gary Kleppe commented on John Deering 8 days ago

    The legislation’s already been written and passed by Congress, chuckles. It’s called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. I’m surprised you didn’t hear. It was in all the papers.

  7. Gary Kleppe commented on Jack Ohman 8 days ago

    How can you have a heart attack without a heart?

  8. Gary Kleppe commented on Jim Morin 8 days ago

    Roberts and Kennedy don’t seem to care much in cases where there isn’t big money involved.

  9. Gary Kleppe commented on Jeff Danziger 9 days ago

    Scalia was also okay with the SC overturning a Presidential election in Bush vs. Gore, and mandating that corporations are people who are entitled to unlimited political spending in “Citizens United”. But enforcing the fourteenth amendment would be out of bounds, because that would protect people who he doesn’t like.

  10. Gary Kleppe commented on Jeff Danziger 9 days ago

    But equal protection under the law is in the Constitution.