Weiland – Campaign finance decision not as bad as Dred Scott, but worse than Japanese internment & forced sterilization of the disabled.
Has Rick Weiland completely lost his grip on reality? Or is he just really such a creature of politics that he’s just a caricature of a real person?
David Montgomery reported today on Weiland’s reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court opinion on campaign finance laws:
In a blistering press release, Weiland said the McCutcheon decision “may be the worst decision by any Supreme Court since the Dred Scott case reaffirmed slavery in 1857.”
Taking him at his word, here are some Supreme Court decisions that Rick Weiland thinks are better than today’s opinion:
Korematsu v. United States (1944) – Upheld the forcible internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Lochner v. New York (1905) – Struck down state laws protecting workers from excessive hours, saying that a limit of 60 hours per week violated “liberty of contract.”
Plessy v. Ferguson (1868) – Upheld racial segregation of public facilities based on the doctrine of “separate but equal.”
Buck v. Bell (1927) – Upheld state laws permitting forced sterilization of the intellectually disabled, with Justice Holmes infamously writing that “Three generations of imbeciles in enough.”
Separate but equal? Internment of American citizens? Forced sterilization? 60 hour work weeks? No big deal, compared to whether or not there is an aggregate contribution limit for individual contributions in federal elections.
At least, that’s what Rick Weiland says.