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Sometimes it is a good idea to take a few minutes, even half an hour, to pause and "think." Sadly, it is something in which our august political leaders and many law professors do not often seem to indulge. Five Supreme Court nominees, including Justice Kennedy, and at least two brilliant Constitutional Law experts could not bring themselves to read the entire First Amendment! That is the one that prohibits laws abridging freedom of speech, but also ensures the right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances. Allowing corporations, who are not voters, unlimited, bribed access to "their" personal public officials, negates virtually any chance for the average citizen to even communicate with his representative, let alone redress grievances. Meanwhile, the Fourteenth Amendment is sooo far away. Who wants to read that far in that boring old document?
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Well, maybe it won't be so boring if we just skip a few sentences here and there. The Second Amendment looks sooo much better if we skip that stupid part about "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State..." and just stick with the part about "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Oooh, this is sooo much easier! Let's skip all the way to the Fourteenth amendment! We had better skip the part that defines "persons" as citizens, especially if we want "corporations" to be considered as citizens, because those silly old men forgot to include them. Not to worry. The Supreme Court will be happy to redefine that for us. They would consider it a privilege,their privilege, of course.

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While we are at it, skimming through the Constitution, let's see how we can deprive people of "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" and get away with it, sort of a "get rich quick" course, only "quicker." We'll just look puzzled,like attorneys, and admit that we don't know what "due process" is. As for the part that says "nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law," if one is lucky enough to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, that person is allowed to skip the entire first section of the pesky Fourteenth Amendment. The Court has more important things to do, besides, if they knew what "due process" and "equal protection" meant, they might have to worry about things like stealing Seniors' social security funds and spending them on foreign wars or denying them the right to negotiate Medicare prices.

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It seems that the whole "attack" on "free speech" started with the "McCain/Feingold" attempt to limit non-voting, non-citizen corporations' contributions to their favorite lackey. The plaintiffs, in their case before the Supreme Court wanted their movie, a political advertisement against Hillary Clinton, to be considered as just another movie. Because the movie was, admittedly, an all out attack on Hillary, not about a political subject or concept, under McCain/Feingold, it was treated as a political ad. Normally, many stations, not wanting to be forced to give equal time to Hillary, might choose not to air the program. In this case, Citizens United, the producers of "Hillary: The Movie," were not permitted to advertise their product because their expenditures were coming out of the treasury of their corporation. This was expressly forbidden by campaign finance law.

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Dr. Allen Finkelstein, writing since 2006 under the penname “O’finky,” was born in New York, where he attended the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County as a boy. He continued his religious training in South Florida until his family, (more...)

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