03 February 2010

Oh My

Behold Keith Olbermann equating Dred Scott v Sanford with Citizens United v Federal Election Commission. This is stunning. "Hyperbole" doesn't do this justice. Neither does "idiotic."

My favorite part, among many, is where he describes MSNBC and his show as an "independent" news source.

Just one thing for shits and giggles, though. He equates Chief Justice Roberts with Cheif Justice Taney and this decision with Dred Scott. No, really. That's his thesis, such as it is. This is stupid in so many ways, but let's just look at the most obvious. Taney wrote Dredd Scott; Roberts joined the holding opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy (he also wrote a concurring opinion joind by Justice Alito).

Further, Olbermann hates the "personhood" bestowed upon corporations. And one might think that this opinion did that. It didn't. Corporate "personhood" predates John Roberts, Keith Olbermann, Roger Taney, John Marshall, Thomas Jefferson, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. It is a common law tradition. Just because individuals, exercsing their right to assemble and following their applicable state laws in incorporating, form a corporation doesn't grant the government any more power over them than what the government had before incorporating.

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