Senator Jeff Sessions - Corporations Are Like Black People Suffering Discrimination

  • metta

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    Jun 29, 2010 5:19 PM GMT
    Sessions Compares Citizens United To Landmark Civil Rights Case

    "How corporations are like black people suffering discrimination, at least in Sen. Sessions mind."

    http://digg.com/d31VObD

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    With all the discussion at Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing of the recent Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case, many Americans are probably in need of an easy primer to understand the decision, which holds that corporations, like individual citizens, can make unlimited political contributions. According to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the top Republican on the Judiciary committee, it's just like the time the Supreme Court desegregated public schools!
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    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/sessions-compares-citizens-united-to-landmark-civil-rights-case.php
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    Jun 30, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    I astounded at the republicans first of all, disrespecting the late Justice Thurgood Marshall as a pot smoking hippie and trying to make the correalation between him as that and Kagan. Absolutely ridiculous. I am even more amazed that Senator Lyndsey Graham of South Carolina has actually come to Ms. Kagan's defense.
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    Jun 30, 2010 9:16 PM GMT
    If unions can donate to political campaigns, I don't see why corporations can't do the same?
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    Jun 30, 2010 9:19 PM GMT
    I am just amazed that our resident republicans haven't jumped all over this thread and started limbaughing and palining us into submission
  • yogadudeSEATT...

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    Jun 30, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    Dakota_gent saidIf unions can donate to political campaigns, I don't see why corporations can't do the same?

    You're comparing apples to oranges. Union members vote on who they are going to support. It is a democratic process. In corporations, it's not the average workers who decide where the money goes, it's the board of directors. More like an Oligarchy then a Democracy. You're o'kay with that?
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    Jun 30, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    Dakota_gent saidIf unions can donate to political campaigns, I don't see why corporations can't do the same?

    Better that neither do. The lame Republican reply is that it's OK for corporations to donate vast sums, because unions can donate a little money, too, though obviously much, much less.

    I'm more concerned about how this tilts political influence to wealthy corporations, at the expense of ordinary citizens. Not surprisingly it's a change praised by Republicans, and passed by Republicans in the US Supreme Court, since only Republicans will benefit from it politically, at the expense of ordinary voters.

    And to DARE compare the discrimination suffered by poor, disenfranchised, persecuted Blacks to billion-dollar corporations, with Republicans in their hip pockets, is the most insensitive, ignorant insult possible. But then it was delivered by a Southern Republican Senator, so I guess par for the course. Like most of his Republican colleagues, he pines for the days of segregation, Blacks barred from voting, and glorious White supremacy. It's God's will, you know. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 30, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    Dakota_gent saidIf unions can donate to political campaigns, I don't see why corporations can't do the same?


    Actually, union members do have rights with regard to campaign contributions.
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    Jul 01, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    NNJfitandbi said
    Dakota_gent saidIf unions can donate to political campaigns, I don't see why corporations can't do the same?


    Actually, union members do have rights with regard to campaign contributions.

    Could you please explain what those rights are?
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    Jul 01, 2010 12:28 AM GMT
    cosmicjewboy said
    Dakota_gent saidIf unions can donate to political campaigns, I don't see why corporations can't do the same?

    You're comparing apples to oranges. Union members vote on who they are going to support. It is a democratic process. In corporations, it's not the average workers who decide where the money goes, it's the board of directors. More like an Oligarchy then a Democracy. You're o'kay with that?

    The corporation doesn't speak for its employees. It speaks for the board. The union supposedly speaks for its members.

    Interestingly, I was once a union member. I quit because the union supported a candidate totally opposite what the majority of its members supported -- according to an internal poll! That experience really opened my mind.

    People in power only represent people like me when it furthers their own self-interest.

    I'm not a fan of corporations and unions in politics. However, some of the laws that keep them out also keep out grass-roots groups of citizens that band together over a particular issue. The paperwork and registration required to have political influence leaves only large groups like corporations and unions with the ability to influence politics. (And the occasional large special interest group like the NRA).

    The reform I've seen for political influence is designed to please the large groups like the NRA, unions, and corporations. It is not designed to protect the ordinary citizen. Until I see that, I will oppose campaign finance reform.
  • t0theheights

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    Jul 01, 2010 12:36 AM GMT
    Dakota_gent saidIf unions can donate to political campaigns, I don't see why corporations can't do the same?


    Corporations have virtually limitless funding compared to unions -- and interests that do not lie with that of the American public. This ruling is disgusting and obviously a danger to this country; it will only increase big business's strangle-hold on American government. Elections should not be bought; the Supreme Court just brought us a step closer to that, and the country will suffer as a result.