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State of the Union a day later

A third blog in 24 hours could fall into the “get a life” category, so brevity will be a guiding virtue.

The lame excuse for a consensus building address last evening cannot be allowed to escape without mention of the President’s attack on our Supreme Court. He said, “with all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law which I believe will open the floodgates for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections…”

This is beyond contempt. The sheer arrogance is borderline incomprehensible. So digest this please:

–Implicit in the President’s thought process is that the Supreme Court should have actively “made” law. This is one of the crucial differences between activist liberals and libertarians or conservatives. The Supreme Court is the leg of our tripartite government that interprets law. It’s job is to interpret the Constitution; our holy grail. Liberals want to use the courts to make law. The President sees the court as another means to socially reengineer the United States. YOU should be concerned.

–Just as importantly, the President attacked the Supreme Court with mistruths. The Supreme Court actually ruled on a section of the US election law code that prohibits all corporate political spending. The ruling was that this is unconstitutional. However, there is a separate provision of the code which was not an issue in this case, and which stipulates that foreign nationals, specifically defined to include foreign corporations, are prohibited from making “a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election.” The code further prohibits foreign corporations from contributing to any political party…None of this was addressed in the Supreme Court ruling. That law still stands.

The President attacked the Supreme Court and he did not tell the truth. That, my friends, is pitiful.