There is no way I can sit silently by and not respond to what Hillary Clinton said in her “concession speech” after the New Hampshire primary. During her tirade on corrupt money in politics she called the Citizen’s United SCOTUS decision, “one of the worst decisions in the history of the country.” She then reminded everyone that the case was all about her. She said the case was about a “right wing attack on her.”
OK, first of all, the ruling is Citizens is only hated by one side of the political spectrum. Here is a partial list of SCOTUS decisions that are hated by all sides because they are truly, actually, and completely bad.
Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857)- Ruled that a runaway slave could be returned even though he had gained legal free status in a non-slave state.
Buck v. Bell (1927) Ruled that a state had the right to force sterilize mentally ill or inferior citizens “for the good of the state.”
Korematsu v. United States (1944) Ruled that internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII was legal.
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) This is the famous “separate but equal” ruling that allowed segregation of minorities in education.
Civil Rights Cases (1883) Struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875 that banned discrimination in businesses and public accommodations.
Hammer v. Dagehart (1918) Ruled that Congress could not ban child labor in intrastate businesses. Congress could regulate gambling intrastate, but not child labor.
There is more, and in full disclosure Citizens United is listed as #13 on the bad list at www.blogs.findlaw.com but honestly, can anyone even dream of equating that with the others?
The real jaw dropping fact here however is that Mrs. Clinton is saying that she personally was victimized by the worst SCOTUS decisions ever. The truth is, madam, there was a case and your side lost. If it is truly that bad a decision, bring it back to the court in another case. The correction can be made then as it was in five of the six cases above and many other missteps.
I am not a lawyer and I don’t play one on TV, but Hillary Clinton is a member of the bar, and as such has a sworn duty to uphold the law, and represent the best interests of her clients. With that in mind, would anyone like to discuss Benghazi, or private email servers?