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Unhinged: Oregon Democrat angry about Citizens United decision wants to bring articles of impeachment against Chief Justice John Roberts

For decades, Dems have been the recipients of hundreds of millions dollars in union donations that have helped them win electionafter election. The Citizens United ruling in January of this year said that corporations  are allowed to make unlimited donations to 501(c)4 groups. Democrats have lost their minds over this. Rep. Peter DeFazio himself has gone off the deep end. He announced that he's investigating articles of impeachment against Chief Justice John Roberts. From HuffPo:

With Democrats increasingly outraged over the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections -- a change conservatives have been more successful at taking advantage of -- a Democratic congressman is raising the prospect of impeaching the Supreme Court's chief justice over the issue.

"I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "They have done more to undermine our democracy with theirCitizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They've opened the floodgates, and personally, I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents."


The Citizens United decision said that corporations have the right to express themselves through unlimited political donations to 501(c)4 advocacy groups. This decision allows unions to make unlimited donations to these groups as well, something Democrats conveniently fail to mention. The leftist publication Mother Jones revealed that unions were the first right out of the gate to take advantage of the ruling with massive donations to liberal political advocacy groups. What Democrats like DeFazio really want is for the Citizens United ruling to remain in tact for unions but to be rolled back for corporations so Dems can maintain their political fundraising advantage.

And don't let Barack Obama's and the Democrats' outrage about the 501(c) 4 groups not having to disclose their donors fool you. Chris Good at The Atlantic reminds everyone that the Citizens United ruling didn't impact disclosure rules in any way.  501(c)4 groups didn't have to disclose their donors before the CU ruling, and they don't have to now.

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personally, I'm investigati... (Below threshold)
Trump:

personally, I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents."


>>>> Excellent. I'm sure the GOP congress will be able to do the same thing towards Kagan and the "wise Latina"

And maybe pass a death penalty against a**wipe Dem. Reps from OR

Having power can be fun.

Rats! Trump beat me to it.... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Rats! Trump beat me to it.

Maybe it's time for Rep. DeFazio to see a psychiatrist. Or perhaps Chief Justice Roberts will sit down and explain the Citizens United Decision to both Barry and DeFazio. And use small words so that they can understand.

Why doesn't Defazio get off... (Below threshold)

Why doesn't Defazio get off his fat behind and go get donations from businesses, both small and large?
Oh-h-h-h, that's right! Democrats are against free enterprise, economic freedom and private sector growth, therefore, businesses won't donate to them.
Unions on the other hand force members to donate and then they use those donations in any manner they want.
Using force, taking earnings and no representation on how monies are spent.
No wonder Union Leaders and Democrats get along so well - they are both made of the same cloth.

So we can add impeachment o... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

So we can add impeachment of the Chief Justice to voter fraud and class warfare as political strategies Democrats use to win elections.

Such sour grapes from Barry... (Below threshold)
914:

Such sour grapes from Barry and his pack of jackals. And it isn't even nov 3rd?

Cant wait for the recounts and voter fraud intimidation claims. Should carry us to 2012 and well after.

And speaking of impeachment... (Below threshold)
914:

And speaking of impeachment, Barry has committed so many offenses, a new definition will have to be forthcoming.

Barry has commi... (Below threshold)
Barry has committed so many offenses
Instead of merely impeaching him, maybe we should impineapple him. Or even imwaterme -- oops.

I denounce myself.

When you say Oregon I think... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

When you say Oregon I think Ca rejects.

Unions represent people. </... (Below threshold)
Marco Polo:

Unions represent people.

Corporations don't.

Our democracy is supposed to be of, by and for the people, not corporations.

In the coming years the decision allowing corporations the same rights at citizens will be overturned. We're better than that, and this atrocity won't continue much longer.

Don't confuse me with facts... (Below threshold)
f1guyus:

Don't confuse me with facts. I know what I want.

I read "Unhinged Oregon Dem... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

I read "Unhinged Oregon Democrat" and automaticly expected to see Paul Hooson in the text...

And Marxist Polo, the definition of corporation:
an association of individuals, created by law or under authority of law, having a continuous existence independent of the existences of its members, and powers and liabilities distinct from those of its members.

Union: an organization of wage earners or salaried employees for mutual aid and protection and for dealing collectively with employers

I've been in multiple unions over the years, in each case it was a requirement of the job. Join, pay dues or no job, no matter what I or the employer thought about it. Oddly, I've never been forced to work for a corporation...

If it's fair for one to participate, it's fair for the other.

#9Meet an Obama ho... (Below threshold)
914:

#9

Meet an Obama hopeless change voter.

Marco; due to the fact that... (Below threshold)
arcman Author Profile Page:

Marco; due to the fact that Oregon is a non-Right to work state, I am forced to belong to SEIU. I can choose not to belong, but I still have to pay the dues. In every election, they support candidates that I cannot and will not support. My dues money goes in the coffers of candidates that I don't support. I'm fine with corporations and businesses not being able to contribute to campaigns, but the same goes for unions. Individuals should be able to support anyone they want.

marco moron: "Unions repres... (Below threshold)
Drago:

marco moron: "Unions represent people. Corporations don't."

Uh, Corporations represent investors, who are people.

People don't lose their 1st Amendment rights simply because they choose to pool their resources to back an enterprise.

Idiot.

Damn those Justices! Don't... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Damn those Justices! Don't they know this will cut into our special personal perks? Damn them all!

Mr Polo,Could you ex... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Mr Polo,
Could you explain in greater detail why a corporation advocating for its interests and by extension the interest of its shareholders is an atrocity but a union advocating for its own interests is appropriate? I don't get your logic.

Marco Polo wrote:<blo... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Marco Polo wrote:

In the coming years the decision allowing corporations the same rights at citizens will be overturned.

Possibly, but highly unlikely. The Citizens United decision was based on judicial precedent going back 50 years which says that corporations have the First Amendment right to free speech. This is fundamentally sound and well established law at this point.

The best chance to overturn it is for Obama to keep appointing dumbasses who don't understand judicial precedent or Constitutional Law, like Kagan and Sotomayor.

I read "Unhinge... (Below threshold)
I read "Unhinged Oregon Democrat" and automatically expected
My first thought was Deb Frisch.
"...Citizens Unite... (Below threshold)
"...Citizens United...

a change conservatives have been more successful at taking advantage of ..."


That's what the Libs are really upset about!

Rep. Peter DeFazio(D) needs to find his spot in the unemployment line. This is his 12th term in Oregon's 4th district and he's up for re-election.

His opponent in this heavily democrat district is Art Robinson(R), and needs all the help he can get.

Marco will now enlighten us... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Marco will now enlighten us as to all the EVIL money being spent in this election cycle from people OUTSIDE the US.

Conveniently forgetting all the EVIL money Barry took in during his campaign from OUTSIDE the US.

Just more of that liberal 'nuance'.

Actually it won't be long b... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Actually it won't be long before the administration tries to get a couple of the conservatives off the court. Barry stated the ball rolling last year in the State of the Union. When you plan on subverting the Constitution and are as shameless as the Dems what's a little impeachment?

I wouldn't laugh. I suspec... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I wouldn't laugh. I suspect that Pelosi, if she had remained as Speaker and controlling a large majority, might just set off on a path to impeach conservative judges and to replace them with liberals.

Keep it in mind because if the dems ever get back to where they have been the last two years it will likely happen.

Yay!...now foreign countrie... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

Yay!...now foreign countries can easily contribute to our elections and big donors may do so in secrecy. Something I'm sure our founding fathers would have applauded.

<a href="http://www.petitio... (Below threshold)
Jake:



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