Attention Shop-A-Holics and readers with the post-Christmas blues!! The U.S. Supreme Court has a great offer for you, if you have a few million or so dollars to spare.
In yesterday’s ruling of Citizens United vs. FCC, they voted 5-4 in FAVOR of corporations and labor unions using their profits to fund federal, state, and even some local campaigns. It declares unconstitutional a large part of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation. This means that instead of candidates working hard to EARN your vote, they can now simply outspend rivals on advertising and media campaigns to get to the finish line. In short, your elected officials and future candidates are now all for sale!
Republicans contend that the ruling protects the First Amendment (free speech). Ha! Are you sh*ttin’ me?! They can use their money and rich friends to keep them in the media’s eye, which helps keep them off your front porch campaigning. It also gives Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Anti-Global Warming, Dirty Air, and a host of special interests an even bigger reason to whip out the checkbooks. They want to silence the PEOPLE’S voices against hotbutton issues.
In regular people’s terms (with loose sarcasm) it could mean this:
- New senators fighting against healthcare. [Brought to you in part by every major health insurance company]
- Our next energy policy. [Drafted by the oil companies with Middle East interests]
- Representatives voting for war. [Again, brought to you by Big Oil. We have to stay in the Middle East somehow.]
- Want clean air? Nah, you don’t need it. [Talk to all the major polluters who would go out of business if they stopped burning the ozone.]
- Financial regulation against Wall Street. [Brought to you by who else .. duh .. Wall Street?!]
That’s just a sample of the political and electoral rape that Justices Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy allowed yesterday. Thanks for a whole lot of nothing!
I guess the slogan now is truly, “May the richest candidate win!”