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Friday, September 06, 2019

Here are five rules of free speech and corporations.

Rule #1: Corporations have First Amendment rights.
Rule #2: The media doesn't have any greater First Amendment rights than other speakers.
Rule #3: Unions have free speech rights, too.
Rule #4: Individual stockholders can't veto corporations' political spending"whether those corporations publish newspapers or make widgets.
Rule #5: Corporate and union direct contributions to candidate campaigns can be sharply limited, though independent spending is fully protected. read more

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

North Carolina's political maps for the state legislature are unconstitutional and must be redrawn before the 2020 elections, a court has decided. A panel of judges struck down the maps Tuesday, in a 357-page ruling that focused on the level of political partisanship used to draw them. The maps were drawn in 2017 to replace previous maps, drawn in 2011, that had also been ruled unconstitutional. Both sets of maps were drawn by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Colorado's presidential electors do not have to vote for the candidate who wins the state's popular vote, the powerful 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Tuesday evening, a decision that could have major ramifications for future elections. read more

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Chaos erupted inside a Cincinnati courtroom on Monday as a former judge -- convicted of using her position to help a family member -- was dragged away to jail by a bailiff. read more



I see the point quite well. It equates to "regulating" extremely common firearms and ammunition. Such as, in modern context, shotguns, the Colt 1911 pistol, Glock pistols, .223 ammunition , .9mm ammunition and the list can go on and on.

Again, this is not a ban, it's a set of regulations tied to ...

An irrational premise.

Why dodge giving your best guess?

Posted by danni

You have a very myopic view of the Constitution. It is an outline for the formation of a government. The minutia of governance is left to those who govern. It says not one word about the relationship between corporations and the government.

We can each line up historians and their opinions about what the Founders thought about that subject but in the end such is really not helpful. That's true because those individual opinions have been congealed in the documents they produced.

So, what did those who govern, from that era, actually do as opposed to what they said individually? For one, they wrote the Bill of Rights against the counter argument that such is unnecessary because the body already takes care of the concerns. However, the prevailing argument was, yeah right but just in case some don't get it (this is where you look in the mirror) we'll put it in writing anyway.

Among the first of hedges against those who just don't get it, they wrote that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech." Perhaps you can find a word or two in there that limits or defines who may speak, how they can say it or what they can say. But I can't. For the most part nor have the courts.

Something else those of the era did was enact the Dictionary Act. It dates to the late 18th or early 19th century. That statute defines who is a person. That definition expressly includes corporations.

So, you look at what some Founders, or those of their era, said or you think they said. I'll look at what they actually did.

... or off of Craigslist ...

Firearms and related items are prohibited on Craigslist. www.craigslist.org

That said, there should be reasonable reform of background checks for sales. However, I've seen some state laws (Washington or Oregon) that include "transactions" i.e. you visit a friend's rural property and he suggests hunting some doves down by the pond. You would not be able to borrow a shotgun from your friend without a background check for that transaction. That goes too far the other way.

There are one or two bills before Congress that I could live with.

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