On occasion, no commentary is needed. One merely needs to read what politicians had to say about a breaking news story to learn everything you need to know about their values. Today’s Supreme Corporate ruling affirming the right of corporations to buy Montana elections is one instructive example.
From Rick Hill, GOP Candidate for Governor:
I don’t have any comment until it hits the news. Until Cronkite and UPI cover it, it isn’t news. What the hell is a tweeter?*
From Steve Bullock, current Attorney General and next Governor:
I am very disappointed in what the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision means for state and local elections in Montana– and for our entire nation.
From Senator Jon Tester:
“The court’s supposed to be full of smart, well-thought-out people, but they rolled back Montana 100 years, back to the time literally when millionaires and billionaires bought elections, and they did it under the guise of free speech, which is crazy. This is really a sad day in American democracy.”
From Representative Dennis Rehberg, after cashing another check from Citizens United:
“Free speech, including political speech, is guaranteed by the First Amendment no matter what state you live in,” he said. “For Montanans, this means free speech is protected equally if you are a member of a labor union, a private business or a political party.”
And from Governor Schweitzer and Lt. Governor John Bohlinger:
It seems relatively clear. If you believe that the founders believed that the “natural rights of man” apply to corporations, vote for a Republican. If not, vote for a Democrat.
*It’s possible I made this one up.