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July 4th: If Only ...

July 4th: If Only ... | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

JAYNE LYN STALL, Huffington Post

On this Independence Day, I wonder, if only it were possible for the second president of the United States, John Adams, to magically find himself walking among us today, how, if at all, might he change some of his most famous quotes. Here are a couple to ponder:

"Power must never be trusted without a check."

Now, in light of the Supreme Court's ruling on Citizens United, John Adams might instead write: "Power must never be trusted with a check."

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here's one quote that Adams might indeed leave unchanged, and something to think about on this American's 236th birthday:

"Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it."

We are still fighting for freedom, but over the past hundred years or so, it has been for somebody else's freedom. Nowadays, we must fight against the tyranny of corporations, banks, boardrooms, and country club elitism, the kind that would turn the Oval Office into the Polo Lounge. [MORE]

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Special Interest Powerhouse Promises Flood of Political Ads Without Disclosure, Despite Court Rulings

Special Interest Powerhouse Promises Flood of Political Ads Without Disclosure, Despite Court Rulings | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by KEVIN BOGARDUS, The Hill


Court rulings that require the disclosure of funding for campaign “issue” ads will not change the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s political program, officials with the business group insisted Monday.


Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue promised a vigorous campaign program despite a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling last week upholding an earlier judgment that the Federal Elections Commission was wrong not to require disclosure of funding for issue ads.


“We will have a vigorous, not changed in terms of our objectives and our methods, election program. These cases do not change that,” Donohue said Monday at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. “Second, we will not have to disclose where our funding comes from.”


Bruce Josten, the Chamber’s executive vice president for government affairs, noted that the decision has been appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.” [MORE]

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