President and Professor of Law, Barack Obama took a little time off from poking CEOs with his pitchfork a few weeks ago to deride captive Supreme Court Justices at the State of the Union for overturning “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman’s 1907 Congressional Act that prohibited corporations from contributing to federal campaigns for public office.
The public insult that Juan William’s derided immediately after the constitutionally required address would have been egregious enough had the non-tenured legal expert been correct about the recent case that overturned portions of the McCain-Feingold law, but, as Ronaldus Magnus said when asked if liberal Democrats were stupid: “No, they aren’t stupid. Its just that so much of what they know, isn’t so.”
Well-funded free speech anathema to Democratic party policies
Justice Clarence Thomas weighed in as well, on the kinship of pitchfork weilders:
President Obama and the media critics are wrong to say the Court’s January ruling struck down the 1907 Tillman Act that bans corporate contributions to federal campaigns. It didn’t. It merely held unconstitutional portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law which freed the Post, the Times, Dan Rather, Chris Matthews, and Rachel Madow while putting a gag on tax-exempt groups like Family Research Council and, on the left, the Sierra Club. The Court ruled that corporations do not surrender their First Amendment rights to speak about public issues during an election campaign.
Justice Clarence Thomas skipped the State of the Union gong show. He refuses to take part in a ceremony that has become increasingly theatrical.
But Justice Thomas wonders why the left is so solicitous of the Tillman Act. He knows something about the background of that law. The Tillman Act was named for its chief sponsor, Sen. “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman, the arch-segregationist Democrat.
Sen. Tillman, says Justice Thomas, wanted to attack corporations because he saw them as backing the Republican Party, the leading defender of black civil rights. Tillman responded in a 1900 debate on the Senate floor to Republican criticism of his segregationist stance:
I want to call the Senator’s attention to one fact. He said that the Republican party gave the Negroes the ballot in order to protect themselves against the indignities and wrongs that were attempted to be heaped upon them by the enactment of the black code.
We did not disfranchise the Negroes until 1895. Then we had a constitutional convention convened which took the matter up calmly, deliberately, and avowedly with the purpose of disfranchising as many of them as we could under the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments.
Once again, the Supreme Court did notstrike down the Tillman Act. It struck down major portions of McCain-Feingold. But isn’t it odd to find all the right thinkers (and left doers) of today defending “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman’s legacy?
Ben Tillman was governor of South Carolina when it re-wrote its Constitution to conform to the egregious Supreme Court ruling in Plessy v Ferguson that re-defined the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law to mean “separate but equal.”
From Tillman’s one-drop rule to Harry Reid’s rule
In the late 19th early 20th Centuries, Tillman’s Democratic Party hadn’t evolved to the level of its 21st Century Harry Reid standard that accepts as equal the light-skinned that can turn negro dialects on and off at will.
No, the party of the donkey was so then so wedded to Jim Crow that they used their congressional majorities to silence Corporations that backed a Republican Party born to end slavery and enact civil rights laws.
Why limit segregation to just race?
Jim Crow’s great grandchildren now seek de jure segregation writ large, in terms well beyond race.
Yes, the Democratic Party is still a safe haven for people that assume Cambridge cops are racists and slander their “typical White (read racist)” grandmothers. Now, though, instead of making them sit in the back of buses, they throw them under buses.
The Obama Administration continues the party’s racist tradition by protecting New Black Panther voter intimidation thugs in Philly while denying black majorities in the Tar Heel State the right to hold non-partisan municipal elections lest Black folks forget where their bread is buttered.
ObamaDems push criminal laws that devalue hate against White folks and deny Indian tribes the right to drill for oil on reservations.
In short, the Democratic Party of the past three centuries see governance as a cornucopia of segregation possibilities, the latest being the separation of We the People from our right to pursue happiness unless that happiness is sought with a union card or at the direction of a Pay Czar.
In their desperation to pass socialized medicine, they even sought “constructive secessions” by reconstructing Nebraska as the Medicaid master of 49 states and the District of Columbia. Even those that fired on Fort Sumter weren’t that ambitious.
Obama’s horse corpses
Recently, several Democrats and even some Republicans have suggested that the failing President replace his inner circle, dubbed by Mark Steyn as the “Four Corpsemen of the Obamalypse”. I understand why liberals would want to try and get more competent handlers in order that Obama could be more successful in advancing the statist agenda.
Thank God Obama is failing
But wasn’t Rush right, and speaking for the vast majority of We the People when he declared his desire, over a year ago, that he wished Obama would fail? Obviously.
Therefore, isn’t it time for elected Republicans and pundits to stop giving Obama advice on how to better ruin America and instead call out Obama for what he is? Obviously.
Remember Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers and the Marxist dreams of his father? Is Jay Rockefeller really surprised to find that the Senator that desired to bankrupt the coal industry still pines for a coal-free nation as President.
Republicans can never make the Drive-By media stop calling us bigots no matter how much we try to conform to their PC Police codes, so why not take off the gloves and call out the Democrats for what they truly are.
They don’t care about the poor and middle class, and we can’t wait another century for them to see the dark-skinned with southern accents as equals.
Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Minority Report columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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