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Supreme Court to Dictate Campaign Process

by David Yeagley · September 8, 2003 · 4 Comments ·

The Supreme Court of the United States is about to make another abridgement of American freedom. The Court will hear a case on campaign finance law as it convenes a month early this year just to hear the case. In fact the hearing begins to day, Monday, September 8, 2003. The Supreme Court is hearing a lower federal court ruling which pertained to campaign finance.

This is all about the McCain-Feingold bill which purports to prevent political corruption by limiting campaign finance, which directly effects campaigning itself. The law is designed to prevent big money from ruling politics, yet, it will criminalize free speech, and the right of organizations to associate with politics at all.

“If the justices uphold the law, it could mean a major change in how political parties operate,” said Larry Noble, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. “It will be interesting to see if they accept the idea that not only actual corruption in politics needs to be addressed, but the appearance of corruption as well, ensuring public confidence and all that.”

“If the justices uphold the law.” Now there’s the tell-tale attitude of an attorney. Why, there is in fact a law, and just ask me what it is and I’ll tell you. These are the minds that rule the country.

“Appearance of corruption?” “Public confidence?” Dream on, Mr. ‘social architect’ Noble. Nothing will achieve that short of barring all campaign contributions.

I’m afraid law always tends to be liberal, in the “take away your freedom- and give it to someone else” sense. Media is of course liberal, because organizations don’t want to be sued. Media supports law, too, like praising the Supreme Court, or at least never criticizing it. But this is biased. The hypocracy is bewildering.

For example, one could say, “No person or married couple who makes less than $70,000 a year should ever pay income tax.” But we all know, it’s only those who make big money who have tax shelters, and “legally” avoid paying taxes.
It’s all set up for the rich, to bleed the middle class. The middle class bears all the burdens, including paying for all the welfare of the poor. The rich can afford to avoid paying. Appearance of evil? Public confidence?

And the Supreme Court wants to make a stink about campaign finance? What’s the point?

Noble wants us to be concerned about “appearce” of corruption? How myopic, self-righteous, and just plain stupid can lawyers be? Ideologues in ivory towers, nothing more, laying burdens on the people “greivous to be borne” but don’t lift a finger to help. (Luke 11:46)

“Oh, it’s the system,” they say. It’s not the individuals, its the system. It’s the inevitable fall-out of the system. But it’s a great system. It’s the best in the world, they say.

Well, the system is made up of individuals. So, in proportion to their submission to the larger system, they are thereby exonerated from personal responsibility? The system made me do it?

Legislators think it is their job to make laws. It’s an endless activity. But wouldn’t it be nice if some of the responsibility was to remove some laws, to do away with some laws? Shouldn’t that be part of the legal process, too? Not to add more, but to take away the useless impediments. Or how about just enforcing the law we already have?

Posted by David Yeagley · September 8, 2003 · 11:45 am CT · ·

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  • 1 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2003 at 1:06 pm   

    When I ran for OKC councilman, I spent about $750., and went door to door for two weeks before the election. I got 42.1% of the vote, against an eight year incumbent, who spent over $26,000.

    There are some people now who want me to run for Oklahoma State House of Representatives, beginning Novemeber, for the post the following year.

    The thought has occurred to me, Is there a way to get elected without spending ANY money at all? This would be true freedom, and true people politics.

    They want laws to govern elections? I don’t think so. I don’t believe it is sincere. Money is always the winner. Money trumps law. Leaders and legislators are too weak.

  • 2 Shane Swing // Sep 8, 2003 at 7:27 pm   

    I think it is time, Dr. Yeagley, to jump into the cesspool of politics so that you can do exactly what you have proposed in your piece.

    How’s Governor Yeagley sound? Sounds good to me!

  • 3 David Yeagley // Sep 8, 2003 at 9:05 pm   

    Well, thanks for the encouragement! But we all know, them white boys don’t want no long-haired Indian in their club. (They’ve already spoken to me about it. It will kill my chances, they said. I think they’ed otherwise support me, maybe.)

    I’m afraid it’s only a fantasy, to be elected without money, without organizational support. You have to have publicity, ads, etc.

    There should be equal time for each “qualified” candidate, by law. Capitalism in journalism and news media destroys equity in the political process. Free enterprise does come at a price. There are compensations and drawbacks in every endeavor.

    And I’ve tried being “white” before, or at least, Italian! I was always “the Indian” anyway. So, I’m full time Indian now. They’ll have to take me or leave me, as is. There IS a race factor hear.

    Plus, I’m not married, nor have children. This is a downer, in that it alienates. Even though it would theoretically give me more time, it really doesn’t, because I now care for my elderly mother, which is an enourmously limiting responsibility.

    Well, I haven’t decided yet! Thanks again for the encouragement.

  • 4 seawolf15 // Sep 9, 2003 at 8:26 am   

    Ok I’ve got to make this one quick but, like Arnold, I’ll be back!! LOL!
    I urge you to run not because it’s a “white boys” only club but because it’s a “be like me or move on” club. They don’t dislike you because you’re an Indian with long hair (Hair? You have HAIR?!) but because your not one of them and don’t think like them. That’s what makes the Club nervous.
    Run! If nothing else, it will upset them and make some of the voters THINK! Now THERES a dangerous concept! LOL!

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