The more I think about (and read over) President Obama’s discussion of last week’s Supreme Court ruling vis-a-vis campaign financing, the more dumbfounded I get. Let’s recap:
It’s time to require lobbyists to disclose each contact they make on behalf of a client with my Administration or Congress. And it’s time to put strict limits on the contributions that lobbyists give to candidates for federal office. Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.
The sheer dumb of this is absolutely boggling. The provision struck down — against corporations having indirect influence on elections — is only about 20 years old. It did NOT affect foreign corporations in the least. And it meant that the Obama administration is more interested in securing rights for foreign-born terrorists attempting to kill Americans by the hundreds than in actual Americans who decide to put out a documentary film on a major political figure.
And he’s calling on Congress to pass a law to overturn the Court’s ruling. What a dumbass. Congress simply cannot do that. It’s called “checks and balances.” The Court can strike down laws considered unconstitutional. Congress’ check on the Court is in approving and removing Justices, as well as having a part in amending the Constitution.
What Obama needs is someone with some Constitutional expertise to explain these very simple, very fundamental concepts to him. It doesn’t even have to be a Constitutional scholar. I’m barely more than a layman, and I get it.
Oh, that’s right. Obama IS a Constitutional scholar. He spent years teaching the Constitution. Apparently the dumbass never actually listened to himself.
As for the remainder of his argument, the bit about the corrosive influence of too much money and foreign interests… well, he oughta be an expert on that, too. In the general election where he won the presidency, he passed on public funding to raise his own campaign war chest — and was “corroded” to the tune of most of a billion dollars. And quite a few donations came from abroad — we know about two Palestinian brothers who sent in about $33,000, because that was caught and returned, but it’s clear a lot slipped through the cracks. We might know more, but the Obama campaign deliberately disabled a lot of routine security features that would have verified donors’ details.
So here we have Obama stating things that are provably false, in areas where he should have exceptional expertise. Is he lying, or is he really, really that stupid?
No, he isn’t that stupid. But he thinks we are.
And in the case of a lot of his supporters, he’s right.