Wednesday, April 2, 2014

L'égalité majestueuse des lois...

Sleeping sarariman, Tokyo 2011. Photo by Pawel Jawszszuk via DesignTaxi.
...qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues et de voler du pain...
The majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal bread, by the same token permits the poor, [jump]
God love them, to buy all the politicians they can eat, just as the rich do. Can't use your SNAP benefits though.

Mr. Chief Justice Roberts:
“There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the opinion.
Unless you want to participate by voting, which is so low-class. I guess voting isn't speech, anyway, whereas money is, and is thus explicitly mentioned in the First Amendment, although not by name.
He added, “Money in politics may at times seem repugnant to some, but so too does much of what the First Amendment vigorously protects.”
Or paraphrasing Mr. Justice Holmes to reflect the new Constitutional dispensation for our times,
if there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free expenditure—not free expenditure for those who agree with us but freedom for the money that we hate.
Because buying a congressman is exactly the same as marching up Main Street in your Klan robes.
TrainWreckPolitics, 2008.

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