It's Goldilocks weather in Sarasota this week, with the highs in the low 70s and blue skies.
Mrs. Phred has issued her verdict on the vacation this year. It's going to be a month in Holland and the vicinity (with a ten-day riverboat cruise at the end out of Amsterdam to see the tulips and windmills).
Speaking of verdicts...how about that US Supreme court decision that we cannot pass laws restricting the rights of corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to elect political candidates of their choice? Was there ever any doubt that the US has become the world's first grand experiment in corporatocracy? Apparently the Court based their decision on the notion that money talks and therefore limiting money spent by corporations limits free speech. Stupid me. I thought free speech was an individual right that was granted by the 1st Amendment to our constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Apparently these "distinguished" old men (and women) failed to reason that:
1. Corporations lack mouths and therefore cannot speak.
2. The Constitution to which this amendment applies applies to "We, the people", not to artificial entities.
3. It is illogical that States can legally create corporations, but cannot legally regulate their behavior.
It's time for a new Amendment to rein in judicial activism run amok.