Roy Barnes on ‘Citizens United’ decision: ‘What a crock’

The State Bar held a series of seminars Friday on the implications of the Citizens United on campaign financing – the famous U.S. Supreme Court decision is now just over a year old.

One of the participants was state Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Williard made a bit of news when he said it was likely that a) the Legislature would soon consider a measure to restore the rule-making authority of the body once known as the State Ethics Commission; and b) he favored more reliable financing of the agency.

Former Gov. Roy Barnes at a Thursday news conference, defending Cobb EMC's chief on theft and racketeering charges. Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com

Former Gov. Roy Barnes at a Thursday news conference, defending Cobb EMC's chief on theft and racketeering charges. Vino Wong, vwong@ajc.com

Stacey Kalberman, executive secretary of the awkwardly renamed Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, was in the audience. And seemed pleased.

Another participant was former Gov. Roy Barnes, who made light of his November defeat – and said he was done with running for office. But for the bar, he penned a lively condemnation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to extend to the right of political speech to corporations.

Read the entire piece here. These are some of the opening lines:

”A Corporation has no soul. It can not repent and be born again even by the most determined Southern Baptist evangelist. It can not marry, even to a corporation of the opposite sex, much less the same sex.

“It can not vote. A corporation can not adopt a child or be compelled to pay child support. A corporation can not think or have an opinion.

“Even the most conservative in our society recognize the difference in corporate and personal existence when they argue a corporation should not pay taxes because it is an artificial creature passing through levied taxes to consumers.

“The examples are endless. Despite these obvious differences and contrary to a over a hundred years of settled Supreme Court precedent, the Court in Citizens United held that corporations have been pining since the beginning of the Republic to voice its long restrained free speech rights and should be set free to do so.

“What a crock.”

The former governor says this about last year’s failed campaign to return to the governor’s mansion:

“During my last run for governor the Republican Governors Association spent between seven and eight million dollars against me in to do one thing—to make me the greater of two evils. From scorched earth scenes reminiscent of the landscape of Mars to every little issue possible I was portrayed as the worst person on earth.

“Now, I am not whining. I have a thick skin, and anyway this is the life I have chosen, to paraphrase Hyman Roth from ‘Godfather II.’ But, with all of the money being spent against me I did not have the resources to combat the negative attacks. Let me give you one example.

“Jobs, of course, were a big issue in the campaign. During the time I was governor, 235,000 were created. I am not saying I was responsible for all of the job creation but my prior record as governor was a much debated subject during the campaign. The RGA began airing television spots saying while I was governor Georgia led the nation in job losses. This was simple not true.

“During my tenure Georgia was the fourth fastest growing state in the nation and the fastest growing state east of the Rocky Mountains, but in the month after the attacks of September 11, and because Hartsfield-Jackson was shut down during that time, Georgia bounced up as losing the most jobs during that short period of time.

“Because the resources of the RGA were so much greater, we could not respond and at the same time adequately promote our message. Thus the louder voice won. There was no discussion of issues like stem cell research which I favored and Governor Deal did not. There was no discussion of shortening the school year because of budget constraints which I said was off limits and Governor Deal said was not.

“Excessive money manipulates the truth and corporations are the greatest bundlers of political money in our system. The fewer restraints in corporate money, the greater chance of manipulation in campaigns.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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107 comments Add your comment

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 28th, 2011
5:46 pm

Q: whats the difference in king rat Roy Barnes and a crock of sh*t?

A: The crock

Keith T

January 28th, 2011
5:49 pm

Roy………………………………………What a bitter crock!

James

January 28th, 2011
5:53 pm

crybaby – sounds like Jimmy Carter II

Minty Fresh

January 28th, 2011
5:56 pm

“From scorched earth scenes reminiscent of the landscape of Mars to every little issue possible I was portrayed as the worst person on earth. Now, I am not whining.”

- Uhmm, if you aren’t whining – what do you call it. 2 time loser.

“…with all of the money being spent against me I did not have the resources to combat the negative attacks.”
- why didn’t you have the resources? Oh yeah, the citizens of the state disliked you, ran you out of the office, and simultaneously totally threw your entire party out of office/control. More whining from the creep (who has no problem raking in money defending corporations that he seems to dislike so much)

No Longer Republican

January 28th, 2011
5:56 pm

so you morons don’t care about corporations deciding what happens in our nation? Just the same old stupidity from Georgians.

tom mitchell

January 28th, 2011
5:59 pm

Roy Barnes is a damn sharp politician. I proudly voted for him.

Hilarious

January 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

Read the whole paper…hilarious!!!!!

“We have no investigative reporting in Georgia any more. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution with a once statewide presence and zeal to root out corruption and deflate political myths of political advertising is no more. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution with a once statewide presence and zeal to root out corruption and deflate political myths of political advertising is no more.”

Edsel

January 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

”A Corporation has no soul. … It can not marry,…”

But Roy, I’m a corporation (LLC) with a wife. Does this mean I’m a soulless philanderer?

Hilarious

January 28th, 2011
6:01 pm

More Barnes on the AJC…

“We now have Truth-O-Meters, whatever that means. Defining what should be the issues and holding the candidates accountable for their positions on real issues is the mark of a great newspaper, not bio puff pieces properly balanced with every position of each candidate however inane.”

yuzeyurbrain

January 28th, 2011
6:03 pm

I predict that by the next gubernatorial race so many people will be saying that they supported Barnes that the polls will show that he actually won!

Jawja

January 28th, 2011
6:03 pm

HE’S RIGHT, and in your evil little hearts, you know it. A corporation can’t have a baby, they’re meeting in Atlanta as we speak to figure out how to send more jobs out of the country, and where is that gonna leave you, el stupido!

Bill from Duluth

January 28th, 2011
6:12 pm

I guess King Roy has decided that if free speech were limited then he might win. Sorry Roy this is not Red China, the Constitution rules here. Congress shall make NO LAW…..

oldtimer

January 28th, 2011
6:18 pm

Roy……You want some cheese with that wine?? We voted against you because we do not like you or trust you…Go get a job.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 28th, 2011
6:19 pm

I detest that illiterate baby factories and people who can’t name their congressman and senators, and who get section 8, wic, and food stamps can vote..I feel better about letting successful people heading corporations spend money to keep the slime democrats and their base out of office and out of my purse, than I do about the $480 billion a year spent ..no..wasted..on the poor, who will always be poor, because they are dregs.

The Centrist

January 28th, 2011
6:20 pm

Edsel, let’s put things into perspective. If you are a soulless philanderer, your wife will take your LLC. But if your LLC is the soulless philanderer, she wouldn’t take you.

Denny

January 28th, 2011
6:23 pm

I seem to notice that the same old sh– is being written about Roy without any basis. I would gladly have back the prosprous days or Roy’s administration and the leadership that the state enjoyed.

Shame upon Them

January 28th, 2011
6:24 pm

hope the folks that voted for ex-Gov. roy now see him for what he truly is. also hope the folks that voted the new governor see him for what he is. when faced with a prime opportunity and choice to improve the state’s budget by reinstating the sales tax on groceries he apparently is choosing to simply cut employees (both state employees and teachers and/or their benefits) rather than have a fair and broad based tax to at least keep our services as best we can. shame on both of these men. i would urge the AJC to run an article on the changes in education salaries and benefits versus the salaries and benefits of state employees since Gov. Zell just so that voting persons in the state of georgia can have some sunshine shown on these issues. i doubt we’ll ever see daylight shine on these issues. watch the cuts that fall between now and the next legislative session and see how many could have been avoided by putting the sales tax back on groceries….

TrishaDishaWarEagle

January 28th, 2011
6:25 pm

p.s Roy sucks

Time to put this file to bed and head out to dinner …I’m thinking Hibachi ans sushi.

Auf Weidersehen

The Centrist

January 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

Oldtimer. King Roy made a fortune as a hated trial lawyer, has ownership in profitable banks, has a net worth tthree-times the Deal family debts, and now you tell HIM to get a job?

Aquagirl

January 28th, 2011
6:30 pm

Gosh, Trisha, I thought the execution this week would have put you in a better mood.

The Centrist

January 28th, 2011
6:38 pm

I detest people who believed Ron Reagan’s trickle down economics, have no clue as to the rules and regulations regarding welfare, and honestly think that returning tax rates to Clinton levels on hollywood elites, trial lawyers, Wall Street Bankers, big-time inheriters who never worked a real job, professional athletes, and non-job producing con artists is a bad thing.

Dave

January 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

I do like the part about straight and gay corps.

Ramguy

January 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

@TrishaDishaWarEagle

I detest that illiterate baby factories and people who can’t name their congressman and senators, and who get section 8, wic, and food stamps can vote.

Wow! You just described 90% of the Fox Nation.

khc

January 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

if they ever reinstate draft…hope they draft corporations….the supreme court majority are sellouts to top dollar …

Last Man Standing

January 28th, 2011
7:06 pm

Bye-bye, Roy.

Ramguy

January 28th, 2011
7:13 pm

@khc
if they ever reinstate draft…hope they draft corporations

Nah it would never happen…the supreme court would just draft rules saying that it would put too much hardship on the corps.

The Centrist

January 28th, 2011
7:23 pm

Because of Citizens United there are many who believe in ‘Death Panels,” that insurance companies make excellent health care decisions rather than doctors, and that all of the people in the food supply chain have excellent health care.

The Centrist

January 28th, 2011
7:30 pm

Since the Citizens United GOP House voted to repeal ObamaCare, when will they introduce that 48-page health care bill (that had 23 pages of pictures)?

killerj

January 28th, 2011
8:09 pm

What a crock,his name is Roy “beans” Barnes.Go Tea Party.

The Centrist

January 28th, 2011
8:22 pm

So, how long will it take for the Citizens United GOP to introduce a bill related to job creation? They told as last summer that they had a sure-fire plan that they could read in short order after the daily reading the Constitution.

The Centrist

January 28th, 2011
8:28 pm

Judge Roy “The Hanging Judge” Bean spent much of his profits in his later years to help the poor of the area, and always made sure that the schoolhouse had free firewood in winter. King Roy does have some of Bean’s liberal tendencies.

Just fed up

January 28th, 2011
8:29 pm

Roy is through running for office, but he isn’t through campaigning. He’s still trying to explain his inadequacies. Nathan Deal has a past so crooked that you could open a bottle of wine with it. We didn’t have a good candidate. If Roy had a good message, he would have won, but he was too busy trying to tell us why his first term was so good. Remember, everyone, you better vote your heart, not your wallet.

HL

January 28th, 2011
8:46 pm

Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree that Citizens United is a scary ruling. We all have dictionaries and should be able to look up the word FASCISM. It doesn’t mean what Beck said btw. Corporations should not be able to buy elections.

GT454

January 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

Two-time loser, Roy, should go back to the farm and take care of his cows!
Or he could continue to sue our State and defend the crooks he chooses to defend.

Dick

January 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

I think every day non political working, tax paying citizens should make up the ethics committe.

rooster

January 28th, 2011
9:08 pm

Who would you retain as your attorney? Barnes or Deal?

Fred

January 28th, 2011
9:09 pm

I’d like King Roy to tell us all : is the NY Times not a corporation? Are ABC and CBS and Fox and GE not corporations? Of course they are. Then why should they have more free speech rights than any other corporation? And if corporations don’t have free speech, why should unions, and political “non-profits” like Media Matters etc. have it? The fact is the Court made the right decision. Too bad Roy couldn’t fool enough people to win, even with the TV stations and the AJC carrying water for him.

Tech Man

January 28th, 2011
9:26 pm

Roy is a well connected extremely smart lawyer too.

khc

January 28th, 2011
9:33 pm

guess it’s ok for foreign corps to funnel money into our campaigns too….at least when i watch abc, nbc, etc i understand there is some bias, but i think disclosure is important, after all we at least get lobbyist disclosure and they are real people…imagine if we could put all those dollars spent on campaign adds to the national debt

Bobby

January 28th, 2011
9:39 pm

Well King Roy, had you not stolen our Flag we would not have put you out after your first term. And despite being a liberal there is no way I vote for you after the way you treated our Georgia ancestors who fought for the State during the War of Northern Agression. You made your bed, you lie in it. Amen.

Hamilton

January 28th, 2011
9:46 pm

“AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.” Federalist 10.
How did the originalists miss this valuable peek into the the thoughts and fears of the founding fathers?

Hamilton

January 28th, 2011
9:49 pm

And how small are those who would wipe these pages with the phlegmatic criticism of an EX politician… Especially since the issues facing Georgia should stamped on their frontal lobe.

Diehard

January 28th, 2011
9:56 pm

Roy will be the Jimmy Carter of his era. He will keep looking back and looking better — every time he looks in the mirror. History will record that he lost the Governor’s race in each of the three decades: 90s, 00’s, and ‘10. And at least he’s got that going for him!

Penny

January 28th, 2011
9:58 pm

Hello all. I am going to ask the everybody remain civil because many of you (and I am not going to name names) where treating me with a great deal of disrespect on the comment bored last week. Now that we have that out of the way I am going to weigh in. Roy Barnes is wonderful politicion, as I saw him give a speech at my church Mableton. His heart is in the right place. And I think many people around hear do not like Mr. Barnes because he took down that nasty eye sore Dixie GA flag, that was only a symbol of hate and bigotry. Roy would have won hands down if it wasnt for all the racist bigot voters in this state.

cs

January 28th, 2011
10:00 pm

That flag change still working out for you Roy? lmao! Now dems can only be elected dog catcher in this state if no republican runs. roflmao! thanks roy barnes, mark taylor, tyrone brooks, jesse jackson etc. The GOP couldnt have done it without you.

Penny

January 28th, 2011
10:05 pm

That racist GA flag was originally voted in in 1956. I know for my family have been in this state for generations. That flag was nothing more than a message to the African Americans, it said get in your place boy. Mr Barnes help us stand up to that and ya’ll destroyed him. Ya’ll destroyed a good honest Christian man. I’m going to pray for all of you tonight.

Penny

January 28th, 2011
10:06 pm

I pray for you cs. God still loves you.

clifton

January 28th, 2011
10:08 pm

Roy may be obnoxious, but he was a good governor. And he’s not millions of dollars in debt. I’m mostly a Republican, but I voted for him. Am embarrassed
by Deal.

eatmotacos

January 28th, 2011
10:19 pm

The problem is that the voters had no choice, because our method of choosing candidates is irrational. A successful politician has the same skill sets as a successful TV preacher, aluminum siding salesman, or used car salesman – all are convincing liars, highly skilled in the art of deception.

Organizations who want to further their own cause, whether it be quadrupling electric power bills, or poisoning your kids, seek out and support these self-serving con artist. They sell them like Procter and Gamble sells soap suds, and the voters stand in line to buy – as seen on this blog, many get all emotional about it, not realizing that they are being played like a base drum.

Ramguy

January 28th, 2011
10:27 pm

@cs
That flag change still working out for you Roy?

How did Sonny’s promise to let you guys vote the old flag back in work out for you? lmao