By Douglas V. Gibbs
Supreme Court Justices are supposed to be all about the law, and nothing about politics. When Supreme Court Justice Alito shook his head and mouthed the words "Not True" during President Obama's State of the Union speech it could be viewed as a break in protocol.
One must ask, however, as Obama cried about the Supreme Court decision that he has decided must be reversed, how would we expect someone like Alito to respond when witnessing an out and out lie by the President?
What we witnessed was a President of the United States taking a swipe at the judiciary in a way that has never been done - ever! The closest would be President Franklin D. Roosevelt's (another raging socialist) criticism of the court in his 1937 address to Congress. But we also witnessed a reaction by a Supreme Court Justice who was supposed to remain apolitical. But was it politically motivated? Or a reaction to an obvious lie?
What was the lie?
Obama stated in regards to the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in which the Supreme Court overturned two precedents and identified corporations as being the same as individuals, "With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections. I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests or, worse, by foreign entities."
Foreign corporations? Foreign entities? Where in the Supreme Court's ruling was it opened up to foreign corporations? There are numerous laws in place that disallow contributions by foreign nationals to political campaigns, and the Supreme Court ruling did not change any of that. Obama's reference to foreign corporations was a lie, and a scare tactic to scare the American People into believing the Supreme Court had somehow opened us up to foreign control when in reality Obama is the one receiving foreign awards and monies (Nobel Peace Prize).
Alito may have been out of line allowing himself to react as he did - but do you blame him?
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