Friday, January 22, 2010

The Supreme Court shreds American democracy

Yesterday's nonsensical decision by the Supreme Court shreds whatever remained of American democracy.  Corporate interests already control our mainstream media.  Corporate lobbyists had already come to control Capitol Hill decision-making.  Now, the Supreme Court has send them what amount to engraved invitations to control the elections themselves.  The NY Times makes it plain:
With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century. Disingenuously waving the flag of the First Amendment, the court’s conservative majority has paved the way for corporations to use their vast treasuries to overwhelm elections and intimidate elected officials into doing their bidding.
The WaPo's editorial notes, "corporate money, never lacking in the American political process, may now overwhelm both the contributions of individuals and the faith they may harbor in their democracy."

What democracy?  It's called plutocracy, people.

Perhaps it's time to redesign the American flag.  Remove the 50 stars on a field of blue and replace them with dollar signs.

The NY Times also calls upon Congress to "act immediately to limit the damage of this radical decision, which strikes at the heart of democracy."

But when so many in Congress are already in the pockets of the corporate interests, what's the point?  Still, everyone, please try.

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