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Justice (Clarence Thomas) Rebuts Obama on Ruling
New York Times ^ | February 4, 2010 | Adam Liptak

Posted on 02/03/2010 2:57:49 PM PST by reaganaut1

In expansive remarks at a law school in Florida, Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday vigorously defended the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decision.

And Justice Thomas explained that he did not attend State of the Union addresses — he missed the dust-up when President Obama used the occasion last week to criticize the court’s decision — because the gatherings had turned so partisan.

Justice Thomas responded to several questions from students at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., concerning the campaign finance case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. By a 5-to-4 vote, with Justice Thomas in the majority, the court ruled last month that corporations had a First Amendment right to spend money to support or oppose political candidates.

“I found it fascinating that the people who were editorializing against it were The New York Times Company and The Washington Post Company,” Justice Thomas said. “These are corporations.”

The part of the McCain-Feingold law struck down in Citizens United contained an exemption for news reports, commentaries and editorials. But Justice Thomas said that reflected a legislative choice rather than a constitutional principle.

He added that the history of Congressional regulation of corporate involvement in politics had a dark side, pointing to the Tillman Act, which banned corporate contributions to federal candidates in 1907.

“Go back and read why Tillman introduced that legislation,” Justice Thomas said, referring to Senator Benjamin Tillman. “Tillman was from South Carolina, and as I hear the story he was concerned that the corporations, Republican corporations, were favorable toward blacks and he felt that there was a need to regulate them.”

It is thus a mistake, the justice said, to applaud the regulation of corporate speech as “some sort of beatific action.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Florida; US: New York; US: South Carolina
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The wrong black man is president. Clarence Thomas respects the Constitution, is not a liar and a socialist, and actually makes sense when he talks.
1 posted on 02/03/2010 2:57:51 PM PST by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

Obama’s attack on the Justices showed a real lack of class.


2 posted on 02/03/2010 2:59:20 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: reaganaut1

amen to that.


3 posted on 02/03/2010 3:00:46 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: reaganaut1

Thomas is also a black lawyer/judge who actually knows the law...

unlike zero.


4 posted on 02/03/2010 3:01:30 PM PST by Mrs.Z
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To: ozzymandus

He retired the Lack of Class Trophy.


5 posted on 02/03/2010 3:03:31 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: reaganaut1

The Tillman connection makes sense as he was one the most fervently racist legislators to serve since the Civil War and openly supported violence against blacks all across the south.


6 posted on 02/03/2010 3:10:17 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: reaganaut1
“Go back and read why Tillman introduced that legislation,” Justice Thomas said, referring to Senator Benjamin Tillman. “Tillman was from South Carolina, and as I hear the story he was concerned that the corporations, Republican corporations, were favorable toward blacks and he felt that there was a need to regulate them.”

Wow...just WOW.

7 posted on 02/03/2010 3:12:22 PM PST by LaybackLenny (Palin-Bachmann Overdrive 2012 - takin' care o' business!)
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To: reaganaut1

Amen!!!


8 posted on 02/03/2010 3:13:15 PM PST by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: LaybackLenny

Love it!!


9 posted on 02/03/2010 3:23:02 PM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: ozzymandus

We need to pray and hope that these five Constitutional Justices live a long, long time.


10 posted on 02/03/2010 3:23:14 PM PST by oldtimer
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To: OldDeckHand
Nothing anybody said about ol' Pitchfork Ben would surprise me in the least.

He was a wicked man, catered to the lowest common denominator in Southern politics.

Embarassingly, he was born in Edgefield SC so we are probably kin.

11 posted on 02/03/2010 3:25:55 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: reaganaut1
“I found it fascinating that the people who were editorializing against it were The New York Times Company and The Washington Post Company,” Justice Thomas said. “These are corporations.”

I made the same point at O'Rielly last night speaking at the TV. Isn't FOX news a cooperation run by people deciding what editorialized content people hear?

12 posted on 02/03/2010 3:32:53 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: reaganaut1

AMEN & A M E N to that. But how so, as we are all deemed racists, doncha know? Oh and yeah, I forgot, Justice Thomas is an Uncle Tom...how stupid of me.


13 posted on 02/03/2010 3:35:18 PM PST by Beloved Levinite (I have a new name for the occupier of The Oval Office: KING FRAUD! (pronounced King "Faa-raud"))
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To: reaganaut1
“I found it fascinating that the people who were editorializing against it were The New York Times Company and The Washington Post Company,” Justice Thomas said. “These are corporations.”

Justice Thomas seems unaware that certain corporations are more equal than others. It's right there in the 1A of the US Constitution.

14 posted on 02/03/2010 3:37:50 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: reaganaut1

Well, there’s that. I also remember Ginny Thomas sitting behind him during his committee testimony. If looks could kill, every Democrat on Senate Judiciary would have been dead. Do the Dems really want her in the balcony for the State of the Union?


15 posted on 02/03/2010 3:39:32 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: reaganaut1

Clarence Thomas sounds like he is smarter than the average bear. He skipped out on the lying sack of Doo’s SOTU.


16 posted on 02/03/2010 3:41:29 PM PST by Venturer
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday vigorously defended the Supreme Court's recent campaign finance decision... By a 5-to-4 vote, with Justice Thomas in the majority, the court ruled last month that corporations had a First Amendment right to spend money to support or oppose political candidates. "I found it fascinating that the people who were editorializing against it were The New York Times Company and The Washington Post Company," Justice Thomas said... The part of the McCain-Feingold law struck down in Citizens United contained an exemption for news reports, commentaries and editorials. But Justice Thomas said that reflected a legislative choice rather than a constitutional principle. He added that the history of Congressional regulation of corporate involvement in politics had a dark side, pointing to the Tillman Act, which banned corporate contributions to federal candidates in 1907. "Go back and read why Tillman introduced that legislation," Justice Thomas said, referring to Senator Benjamin Tillman. "Tillman was from South Carolina, and as I hear the story he was concerned that the corporations, Republican corporations, were favorable toward blacks and he felt that there was a need to regulate them." It is thus a mistake, the justice said, to applaud the regulation of corporate speech as "some sort of beatific action."
Thanks reaganaut1.
17 posted on 02/03/2010 3:45:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Don’t sweat it. We choose our friends, but have nothing to say about our kinsmen.


18 posted on 02/03/2010 3:47:38 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: reaganaut1

Beautiful smack down! I am very glad that this man had the courage and strength to endure the partisan racist attacks on his nomination that the Dem Party waged against him.


19 posted on 02/03/2010 3:49:06 PM PST by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: reaganaut1

I’m fond of Scalia and I have a soft spot for our new additions in Roberts and Allito but I still love Thomas more then all.


20 posted on 02/03/2010 3:57:30 PM PST by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: reaganaut1
“Tillman was from South Carolina, and as I hear the story he was concerned that the corporations, Republican corporations, were favorable toward blacks and he felt that there was a need to regulate them.”

Ouch.

21 posted on 02/03/2010 4:05:23 PM PST by Tribune7 (Obama Is An Obstructionist)
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To: reaganaut1

Absolutely!


22 posted on 02/03/2010 4:08:37 PM PST by sailor4321
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To: reaganaut1

Yep. too bad Thomas isn’t President. I think he’d actually do a pretty good job in the White House


23 posted on 02/03/2010 4:09:18 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: reaganaut1

When liberal and socialist parties seek to attack capitalism and corporations and shareholders and private sector, they in turn need to have a voice in the democratic process too. They are not just legal or fictitious or invisible entities, they are assembly of individuals, who have right to assemble and organize for the political speech. If you are going to tax them to death, they have right to be represented thru political process and speech. You can’t ta them and give them no representation or say in the political process. Since Dems are bent on destroying capitalism and private sector, it is all the more timely that corporation have right to oppose it.


24 posted on 02/03/2010 4:12:23 PM PST by kp2hot
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To: kp2hot

I commend Justice Thomas for avoiding the usurper’s speech. Justice Thomas is a man of integrity and was wise to stay away.


25 posted on 02/03/2010 4:17:29 PM PST by esquirette (If we do not know our own worldview, we will accept theirs.)
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To: esquirette

Justice Thomas is one of my personal heroes...

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=73


26 posted on 02/03/2010 4:28:09 PM PST by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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To: Soul Seeker

I have a soft spot in my heart for Thomas too. He is a good man.


27 posted on 02/03/2010 4:32:43 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: ozzymandus
Obama’s attack on the Justices showed a real lack of class.

Whoever said he had class? From what I have read, this is the real Obama -- a petulent thug.

28 posted on 02/03/2010 4:44:32 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Payne)
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To: reaganaut1
I have a Legal Man Crush on Justice Thomas.

That guy is just *dreamy* smart and cool.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

29 posted on 02/03/2010 4:58:27 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: reaganaut1

GOD BLESS you Justice Thomas!


30 posted on 02/03/2010 5:46:31 PM PST by quesera (We are so screwed!!)
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To: reaganaut1

Justice Thomas is The Man.


31 posted on 02/03/2010 7:28:16 PM PST by lady lawyer
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To: reaganaut1

I agree...he is a wonderful American.


32 posted on 02/03/2010 7:57:25 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: reaganaut1
Na. We need him on the SCOTUS for life. If he could take a 4-8 year leave and fill the spot during his absence then I would be okay with that.
33 posted on 02/04/2010 12:36:59 PM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Clump

Just leave Justice Thomas where he can do the most good! The U.S. Supreme Court is in a sorry state indeed when it takes a number of recent 5-4 decisions on such things as free speech, right to bear arms, etc. to reaffirm the protections guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.


34 posted on 02/05/2010 7:39:49 AM PST by wmileo
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