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philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 5, 2014 - 01:33pm PT
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Missing photo ID#352419

BULLY!
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Apr 5, 2014 - 02:09pm PT
they don't make em like in the past!

long live the "Bull-moose" party!
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Social climber
SLO, Ca
Apr 5, 2014 - 02:28pm PT
Teddy R. Was insanely well read and was a visionary. Maybe one of our best presidents? If he popped up now he would be run out on a rail by the Republican Party.
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 5, 2014 - 02:31pm PT
who needs death panels when you have a nationalized health system?

http://news.sky.com/story/1237471/do-not-get-sick-top-doctor-warns-patients


jammer

climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 03:19pm PT
Newspeak and the Supreme Court

By Kevin D. Williamson

If I seem to have had Orwell on the brain lately, it is because his eternal relevance is particularly intense at the moment.

Consider Dahlia Lithwick’s argument in Slate, and, by extension and more important, Justice Breyer’s argument, on the matter of the McCutcheon decision. Regarding the question of corruption, Lithwick writes:


If dollars are speech, and billions are more speech, then billionaires who spend money don’t do so for the mere joy of making themselves heard, but because it offers them a return on their investment. We. All. Know. This.

. . . Breyer is quick to call out the chief justice’s narrow reading of quid pro quo corruption, noting that Roberts specifically excludes any efforts to “garner ‘influence over or access to’ elected officials or political parties” . . . . Breyer tersely writes: “Speech does not exist in a vacuum. Rather, political communication seeks to secure government action. A politically oriented ‘marketplace of ideas’ seeks to form a public opinion that can and will influence elected representatives.” The First Amendment doesn’t protect speech for its own sake, he continues: “The First Amendment advances not only the individual’s right to engage in political speech, but also the public’s interest in preserving a democratic order in which collective speech matters.”

In short: Political activism must be suppressed, because it might be effective.

Lithwick and Breyer are putting forth an argument that is sensible only if one defines “corruption” as “successfully garnering influence over or access to elected officials or political parties.” Garnering influence over elected officials and political parties is the point of political communication. Justice Breyer’s thoroughly Orwellian position is that the public’s “collective speech” — a thing that, it bears noting, does not exist — supersedes the individual rights that are enumerated in the Constitution because the exercise of the latter would, he believes, damage the former. Breyer holds that this so-called collective right is necessary to allow the emergence of a marketplace of ideas “to form a pubic opinion that can and will influence elected representatives,” which, perversely, requires us to stop actual citizens from trying to “garner influence over or access to elected officials or political parties.” Which is to say, his argument is that in order for free speech to be meaningful as an abstraction, it must be suppressed in fact.

By Lithwick’s standard, communication is corruption if it accomplishes its purpose, which is to influence politicians and policy. To put it in Newspeak terms: “Suppression is freedom.”

One of the truths that the Left consistently ignores is that the question of using money to further political views is deeply tied to the issue of minority rights. There are many ways to influence policy, the most common one being prevalent numbers: The NRA is an effective organization not because it spends much money on politics (it is a relatively small spender) but because it has numbers on its side, a great many well-organized members. Gay-rights groups until quite recently operated in much the same way: Gays are a small minority, and for a long time they did not have very many energetic allies outside of their own community; their numbers were small, but they were committed, and they were willing to spend money to advance their argument. Were they self-interested parties seeking a “return on their investment”? Of course they were — that is the point of political action: to secure one’s interests.

A quick glance at the financial affairs of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association suggest very strongly that the Left does not care much about the flow of money into political affairs. There is almost nothing to the Left’s argument in the McCutcheon case, only the naked desire to disadvantage minorities that must rely primarily on financial rather than numerical influence to advance their interests. That kind of vulgar and reactionary majoritarianism is why we have a First Amendment in the first place, and a Second Amendment, too.

The right to dispose of one’s own property and the right to seek redress of grievances against the government under which one lives do not come from the state or the law, and they are not negotiable. The Supreme Court here has not created a right; it has only made a concession to the law described in the Declaration of Independence, which is beyond any court’s power to revise. The government of these United States exists at the sufferance of the people, not the other way around. The only scandal here is that Americans have been reduced to begging before the Supreme Court in order to have their fundamental rights recognized by the government under which they live.


Just wanted to translate this crypto-speak for everyone. This is trying to say that if someone pays to broadcast one particular message, and only one particular message, and no other message, and were this particular message to then do something such as determine the next election because it presented a bunch of false and misleading information that led everyone to believe something outrageous such as that GOP candidates vote for pro-small business legislation (like fixing the tax code so that it was more feasible to be competitive as a small business) or do anything else for the non-1%, that this would represent God's work in the world because no one was actually forced to do anything. Thus, people who seek campaign finance reform seek to do the devils work. Leave it to the GOP. Religious folks should take note of this sort of thing...
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Apr 5, 2014 - 03:54pm PT
it really, really pisses you off that 10 million more Americans can now see a doctor

doesn't it, bookworm?

you can, courtesy of Big Government providing your healthcare, salary, and retirement

why should America have a third world healthcare system based only upon income/assets?

oh dear, now I remember, it's because a Democratic President used his pen to make it law

and if it was a Republican President then you would be celebrating it because it is based on the Conservative principles of Personal Responsibility and Free Market Competition

oh the irony, booky
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 04:38pm PT
Senator Ted Cruz asked if people liked Obamacare on his Facebook page. It did not go quite as swimmingly as he thought: http://www.facebook.com/SenatorTedCruz/posts/517779935000978
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Apr 5, 2014 - 04:41pm PT
The republitards are against America by way of being for Putin with regard to Crimea....



Nice job republitards.... you're all taking a golden shower under Putin....


Do you even know who this guy is?
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Apr 5, 2014 - 05:18pm PT
I like Putin!

done a lot for those democratic commies!
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 5, 2014 - 06:40pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#352490
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 5, 2014 - 07:07pm PT
one thing barry can't blame on bush? his opposition to gay marriage...but maybe he'll try to blame bill and hillary or uncle joe:


http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/04/why-hillary-clinton-cant-be-president-of-mozilla-or-the-united-states/



TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 5, 2014 - 07:32pm PT
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 08:19pm PT
Biden is the man. It's funny to watch you get so mad about him.
jammer

climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 09:42pm PT
"bookworm", whats this about Barry (who the f*#k is that?) blaming people? WTF are you talking about?
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Apr 5, 2014 - 09:46pm PT
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Apr 5, 2014 - 10:09pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#352526
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Apr 5, 2014 - 11:16pm PT
I like TGT's .gif because so many of those things are, in fact, true. Also because Benghazi is so big. On the image. Also, Obama never said that it would cover 44 million Americans. He said 44 million Americans were uninsured. Not that you care because "facts" aren't really your thing. Copy and pasting .gifs is your thing. And you are damn good at it.
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 5, 2014 - 11:18pm PT
When you got nuthin', you gotta go big.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 6, 2014 - 01:05am PT
I really believe that there is some deep rooted racist against this president. It is rearing it's ugly head again. Really sad.

Bookworm and TGT really make me ill.

Credit: Bob D'A


bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Apr 6, 2014 - 06:14am PT
what liberalism hath wrought

the quick and easy way to social equality is an ivy league education...actually, simply being admitted to an ivy league school instantly makes you one of the "oppressed" (even if you don't realize you're being oppressed because most oppression (in the ivy league, at least, unlike those blase forms of aggression such as physical violence that you find in places like iran where homosexuals are executed inspiring our own ivy league oppressed to storm the dean's office to demand new bathrooms) comes in the form of "micro-aggressions", which are aggressive (and, let's not forget, oppressive) to those indoctrin...oops...educated to recognize them


http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303987004579479501134392562?mod=trending_now_1


war is peace, peace is war
affluence is oppression, oppression is affluence


winston smith is dead
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