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-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Who Governs the USA: The Federal and State Governments or Apple, Inc. ???

of Fortune magazine reports on an important current legal case in the courts under the headline Does the FBI Have a Strong Legal Case Against Apple? Here's an Analysis.

The problematical underpinnings of this case have been brewing for years in the legal system because the basic question involved is whether the United States of tomorrow is to be governed by federal and state governments or rather by wealthy private profit-oriented commercial enterprises and their executives, such as are represented in extreme by Apple, Inc.

Some lawyers, legal commentators and judges would have the reader believe that this is a case about civil rights and freedom of speech, but in fact it is a case about the future of America. It squarely asks us: Who has the ultimate sovereignty to govern the nation and to exercise the necessary powers granted to the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government?

If the federal and state governments of the USA can be blocked and hampered in exercising their essential duties in order to give special unnecessary rights to commercial enterprises that are nowhere specifically granted in the U.S. Constitution, then the country is on the inevitable road to becoming a group of "company towns" ruled by the arbitrary discretion of commercial persons rather than by elected legal representatives governed by the rule of law.

This is a case about which we would question current Presidential candidates intensely, because it can not be resolved by normal politically partisan platitudes or answers, but can only be answered by simple COMMON SENSE, something too often lacking in the political world today.

Late Addendum
To underscore the motivation for this dispute, it is of course clear that Apple, Inc. is not involved in this suit as a champion of civil rights to make America a better place but rather in order to sell as many of its gadgets as possible -- unobstructed -- and is thus opposing any action that could impact their sales. We already know this from Apple's many years of patent trolling in the courts. That is what we mean by "arbitrary discretion of commercial persons". Companies will take positions on such issues that are good for THEM, but not necessarily those that are good for the nation. That is elementary wisdom.

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