I have been writing about this subject since I first heard about it earlier in the year. In my opinion, this is one of the most important and far-reaching stories of my lifetime. It is about the actual death of our democracy.
No, I’m not just being hyperbolic this morning. I am truly frightened for the future of my country and the principles upon which it was built.
There is a case before the Supreme Court now that will virtually kill what little meaning our votes have in our political system. It involves “free speech” and “corporate personhood”. If the SCOTUS rules as expected, corporations will be allowed “free speech” and will be able to donate DIRECTLY to political campaigns. The law prohibiting this has been on the books since 1947. Up to this point, corporations could only donate through political action committees, but if this law is overturned, they will be allowed to dip into their own vast treasuries to finance campaigns. (Just imagine what would happen to the climate change bills being proposed if Exxon had chosen our President for us!)
If the high court overturns this law as they are expected to do (5 to 4 is the predicted split), the corporation with the deepest pockets will choose our leaders for us. They will be allowed to run “infomercials” either for or against a candidate, affecting the election outcomes. And if there is anyone here who doubts the efficacy of an aggressive advertising campaign, I would point out the aggressive ads by the insurance industry during this fall’s health care debate. Lobbyists for the insurance companies ran a very successful campaign with ads designed to scare the wits out of the American people, complete with lies and distortions about the legislation….remember the “death panels” and “pulling the plug on Grandma”? As a matter of fact, they are still airing these misleading ads as the Senate grinds on.
Friends, this is one of the most serious threats ever to our basic democracy. Corporations already have bought and sold our lawmakers in Washington. Lobbyists literally line the hallways of Congress, waiting to stuff millions of dollars into the pockets of our representatives in return for the right to write the legislation to benefit whatever corporation they work for or for whatever cause they espouse.
I have written before about my search for a good definition of “fascism”. In finding one, I came across one that noted a certain “collusion between big business and government”. Well, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, we must call if for what it is…FASCISM! Our votes will soon be even more meaningless than they are now under the Electoral College system. Our leaders will be bought and financed by XYZ Corporation and will be expected to bring legislation to benefit XYZ.
I include a link here for a very good article at Huffington Post that is buried deep in the site. At this point, there have been few comments made about it. I question why this subject has not been placed “front and center”….I guess it is really much more important to feed the typical brain-dead American his diet of tabloid trash about Tiger Woods’ many mistresses than it is to focus on a story that may well affect us all in the coming years and may denote the final nail in the coffin for democracy itself.