As usual Obama blamed past President Bush at least eight times, by my count, during his defiant and disorganized speech last night. And he lied to the Congress and the viewing public by claiming he saved 2 million jobs while unemployment went up by more than 3 million jobs lost during his “reign” as POTUS! But then who can refute him or prove that he was correct?
But he reserved the “kill shot ” for the Supreme Court whom were sitting right in front of him. He made history in an infamous way by attacking the Supreme Court for their decision in Citizens United vs FEC. I have listened to all presidents since FDR, give State of the Union Speeches and never have I saw or heard an attack on the Supreme Court by a sitting President!
Last night in his State of the Union speech Obama engaged in demagoguery of the worst kind, when he claimed that last week’s Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, “open[ed] the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.”
The president’s statement is false.
The Supreme Court held that 2 U.S.C. Section 441a, which prohibits all corporate political spending, is unconstitutional. Foreign nationals, specifically defined to include foreign corporations, are prohibiting from making “a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election” under 2 U.S.C. Section 441e, which was not at issue in the case. Foreign corporations are also prohibited, under 2 U.S.C. 441e, from making any contribution or donation to any committee of any political party, and they prohibited from making any “expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication… .”
SOURCE: Bradley A. Smith is Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School