Well, six out of nine uninformed supreme court justices, that’s who. Moving into technological territory totally unfamiliar to these six judges, they did what is predictable - voted for the corrupt cabal of government propaganda providers and the major networks and cable TV providers.
The Aereo decision rendered yesterday is not just a slap down on an upstart company with the strange business idea that the airwaves belong to American people, not the licensees granted unlimited control over them by a government bureaucracy. It continues a pattern of decisions that ignore both the wording and the intent of the US Constitution. Most of us can grasp what limited government means.
Not the US Supreme court.
When a freedom amendment says congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press it takes no legal genius to grasp what this means. Unless, of course, you are a justice lost in the bramble of technology and special groups who line their pockets at the expense of the people who now suffer a constant abridgement of their freedoms because a court deems such a state of affairs to be business as usual.
Some will say – but the court must measure one right against another. Patent legal baloney. If the court cannot prioritize and recognize freedom of speech, press and information as being a tad more important than Comcast and the networks buying and selling speech, press and information packaged as entertainment to line their own pockets, it is time to revisit those words so carefully embedded in the Declaration of Independence –
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
A quick report from US Today captured the “winners and losers” in this misguided Aereo decision. The winners – TV networks, movie studios and Pay TV providers – or, simply, Comcast. The loser obviously includes Aereo who dared to bring local over the air broadcasts to their subscribers at a fraction of the cost of the entertainment cabal. But the real loser is an informed American public. They will get an increasing diet of a few big outfits merging the news with entertainment and government and just bad programming with one sure result – spectacular riches for them; no information or journalism or investigative analysis for the people.
This government does not work – literally and figuratively. It is broken and not fixable. Over 200 years ago our founders did their best to assemble a limited government responsible to the people. All three branches now conspire with a few special groups to maintain power; line their pockets and build a massive government with no responsibility or accountability to the people. In the meantime, as noted by our founders, the people suffer.
The court was set up to be the final adjudicator of weakness by corrupt government officials and bureaucrats. Yet the court does not even grasp the issues at play with this law suit so they fake knowledge and pander to the forces they know – corrupt government officials collecting big dollars from faux information/entertainment providers . They should be ashamed of themselves for their lack of courage and obliviousness as America descends into a militarized police state and they sit with their collective thumbs up their well padded behinds.