September 9 2009 show notes

  • Guests:
  • Topics:
    • Why don't conservatives want everybody to have health care?
    • How might the Citizens United case before the Supreme Court today change the nature of American politics?
    • If a corporation's right to associate is protected, why isn't the mafia's?
    • "Everything you know is wrong": how is factory farming destroying your health?
  • Bumper Music:
  • Today's newsletter has details of today's guests and links to the major stories and alerts that Thom covered in the show, plus lots more. If you haven't signed up for the free newsletter yet, please do. If you missed today's newsletter, it is in the archive.
  • Article: Talking Back To Talk Radio - Fairness, Democracy, and Profits... by Thom Hartmann, December 03 2002.
  • Clip:
    "We have not come this far without a struggle and I assure you we cannot go further without a struggle.

    "For twelve years this Nation was afflicted with hear-nothing, see-nothing, do-nothing Government. The Nation looked to Government but the Government looked away. Nine mocking years with the golden calf and three long years of the scourge! Nine crazy years at the ticker and three long years in the breadlines! Nine mad years of mirage and three long years of despair! Powerful influences strive today to restore that kind of government with its doctrine that that Government is best which is most indifferent.

    "For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up.

    "We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace - business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.

    "They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

    "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred.

    "I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master."

    Madison Square Garden Speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, October 31, 1936.
  • The lead lawyer for Santa Clara County, California was Delphin M. Delmas, a Democrat who later went into politics and by 1904 was known as “the silver-tongued Orator of the West” when he was elected a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from California. While Waite and Sanderson had spent their lives serving the richest men in America, Delmas had always worked on behalf of local California governments and, later, as a criminal defense attorney. For example, he passionately and single-handedly argued before the California legislature for a law to protect the remaining redwood forests.

    Fiercely defensive about the “rights of natural persons,” Delmas was a fastidious, unimposing man, known to wear “a frock coat, gray-striped trousers, a wing collar and an Ascot tie,” whose “voice thrummed with emotion” and was nationally known as “the master dramatist of America’s courtrooms..” He had a substantial nose and a broad forehead only slightly covered in its center with a wispy bit of thinning hair. In the courtroom he was a brilliant dramatist, as the nation would learn in 1908 when he successfully defended Harry K. Thaw for murder in what was the most sensational case of the first half of the century, later made into the 1955 movie The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.

    Excerpt: "Unequal Protection: The Theft of Human Rights", Thom Hartmann. Read on to hear what Delmas said.

  • Quote: "The stock-jobbers will become the praetorian band of the Government, at once its tool and its tyrant; bribed by its largesse, and overawing it by clamorous combinations." James Madison.
  • Quote: "Paper wealth has been the source of aristocracy in this country, as well as landed wealth, with a vengeance." John Adams.
  • Documentary: The Century of the Self, Adam Curtis, BBC.
  • Article: Fascism Coming to a Court Near You: Corporate Personhood and the Roberts' Court, Thom Hartmann.

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