Florida Congressman and national embarrassment Alan Grayson (D) is at it again. The Supreme Court made a major decision today in favor of the First Amendment. They ruled that businesses may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose political candidates, and also struck down a big part of the McCain-Feingold limits on business spending on federal campaigns.
How did the Congressional nut-job react to the courts decision? As you might expect he acted as if he fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down.
In anticipation of the decision, yesterday he sent out a fund-raising letter that said in part:
“This issue transcends partisan political arguments. We cannot have a government that is bought and paid for by huge multinational corporations,” he adds. “We must stop this. If this goes unchallenged, then you can kiss your country goodbye.”
Well that is certainly calming. Lets translate this into English, according to Grayson, Corporations are not allowed to have freedom of speech. But the flake from Florida was worse today. After the SCOTUS decision he released the following:
“This is the worst Supreme Court decision since the Dred Scott case,” the Florida freshman says. “It leads us all down the road to serfdom.”
The pugnacious former lawyer, who faces a tough re-election battle this year, predicts that “If we do nothing, then before long, there won’t be senators from Oklahoma or Virginia, there will be senators from Citibank and Wal-Mart.” And he muses, “Maybe they will wear insignias on their $500 suits, like NASCAR drivers do.”
Grayson has already introduced five bills to curb the court’s ruling and “save our democracy.”
And yes, the congressman whose children are named Skye, Star, Sage, Storm and Stone had some fun with the bills’ titles.
Grayson also would have publicly traded companies disclose their campaign spending in SEC filings (The Corporate Propaganda Sunshine Act) and ban cooperation between industry PACs (The Ending Corporate Collusion Act).
I agree with the SCOTUS decision, but even if I didn’t–the worse since Dred Scott? Is he really saying that there are no SCOTUS decisions after Dred Scott that were worse than this? How about Plessy vs. Ferguson, that was the one where the court said that “separate but equal” was OK. Many Democrats would say that Bush vs. Gore was worse than this. How about Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock. a 1903 case in which the Court basically said that Congress can do anything it wants to with an Indian tribe, including steal its land.
Grayson forgets all the special interests that helped him get elected. Lets take a look at some of the places where his 2008 campaign money came from.
Is it me or does it seem like this advocate for congressional independence take an awful lot of cash from labor unions?
Grayson is a habitual purveyor of stupidity. First there was his comment, “If you get sick, America, the Republicans’ health care plan is this: Die quickly.”
Then there was the time while appearing on MSNBC, he said of former Vice President Dick Cheney: “I have trouble listening to what he says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he’s talking,” he also called Fox News the enemy of America . and then on a radio interview he called a female adviser to the Federal Reserve chairman “a K Street whore.” That one forced him to make a formal apology.
Or when he appeared on Hardball, and let his putrid venom “all hang out” Mr. Classy said he thought that Vice President Dick Cheney should “STFU,” and speculated that gasoline would only cost a dollar per gallon if former President George W. Bush had let Saudi Prince Abdullah “get to second base” even Host Chris Matthews told him to watch his crude language.
Grayson is like the child who doesn’t know how not to cross the line. Children like Grayson do not belong in elective office. They belong to have their mouths washed out with soap, and sent to bed without dinner (Grayson could use to skip a few meals anyway).