Jimmy Carter voiced his disgust of the Bill of Rights during a recent interview. He was asked by Thom Hartmann asked Carter his opinion of the 2010 Citizens United decision. He said that “it violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Eric Zuesse writing for the Huffington Post took this quote as a jumping off point for a rant against the Republican Oligarchy he says we live in.
His article “Jimmy Carter is correct that the U.S is no longer a Democracy” encapsulates the ignorance of our Constitution all liberals share. First of all our country was not established as a Democracy but as a Constitutional Republic. The only branch of government elected directly by the people was the House of Representatives making it the people’s chamber. The Senate was originally to be appointed by the State Legislatures. This made the Senate the bulwark of the States against the Federal government. Lastly the President was to be elected by the Electoral College, which protected against a pure Democratic election, allowing all the States to have influence. The Founders hated Democracy and would be outraged at how progressives made our system more Democratic.
The next instance of ignorance Zuesse and Carter demonstrate is on the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment reads in part “Congress shall make no Law… Abridging the Freedom of Speech.” Yet he and President Carter both support the Law that Citizens United struck down that allows the government to decide what movies can be made and when they can be broadcast.
Zuesse then lies about what the Supreme Court decision actually does. He says that the decision enables “unlimited secret money to pour into U.S political and judicial campaigns.” What the Courts holding actually does is this: “A provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act prohibiting unions, corporations and not-for-profit organizations from broadcasting electioneering communications within 60 days of a general election or 30 days of a primary election violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. United States District Court for the District of Columbia reversed.”
The Court however upheld requirements for public disclosure by sponsors of advertisements. No mention is made of the FCC fine against the Obama campaign committee for failing to disclose millions of dollars in contributions. I guess since he isn’t part of the Republican Oligarchy the President gets a pass.
When liberals ignorance of basic Constitutional history combines with their hatred of conservatives they endorse tyranny. Thankfully the Supreme Court gave them the slap down they so richly deserved.