I tried really hard. I had an Inspection column almost ready to go, asking if we had made the right decision when choosing between Hillary and Barack exactly a year ago. But I had to take it down. Events simply washed the whole concept away.
No, I’m not about to write about Massachusetts. Democrats: specifically Barack Obama, got the spanking they deserved. Yes, they’ve learned the wrong lesson since Barack has declared he’s going to be even meeker and less aggressive. But all that means squat now.
Like ten years ago, the Supreme Court has struck again. We no longer live in anything remotely like a representative form of governance. Welcome to corporatocracy. Say hello to fascism.
Oh, the coffin for representative government has been being built right under our noses. They haven’t been all that secret about it. From taking a mere footnote written by a misguided clerk that made a Supreme Court decision a ruling on corporate personhood, to corporations with political connections taking our votes, tallying them and handing them back via black box voting, the coffin only needed for the top to be nailed shut so us: the politically dead, might not escape. Attempts to take elections out of the hands of corporations who sponsor candidates like they do race car drivers have all failed.
Now the last nail has been driven. Big corporations can blanket us with whatever propaganda serves their interests and their bought and paid for pols. Even corporations who are under the influence of the most oppressive regimes in human history now have more free speech than you do. Simply put: they have the kind of money to own both the pols and the national podium that we don’t, and never will have.
You know if pols are going to prostitute themselves, the least they could do is campaign while wearing clothes coated with all their sponsorships…
…big defense contractors, companies that tally our votes…
…companies like Monsanto who destroy family farms…
…big meat companies that have no problem with livestock rich in fecal contaminants…
And worse of all: international companies who owe no allegiance to America: none, zip… while relying on, oh… let’s say the Chinese, for their lead laden, poorly designed, products. Like the recent case when strollers for children were so poorly designed they amputated children’s fingers.
We no longer just “owe our souls” to the corporate ruling class. Have you figured that out yet? Soon we won’t even be able to offer an obscene gesture. That option was taken away back when we were in baby strollers. Couple that with the drive to get rid of “nuisance law suits” and maybe they can improve those strollers: offering a decapitation option.
And to think. Ten years ago some thought the most important worry they had was Bill Clinton getting head.
Simply put the Neo Con majority ruled that corporations have every right to buy elections by lambasting Americans with commercials day and night for their bought and paid for candidates. The “minority report:” the dissent, fumed at the fact that, given this ruling, Toyko Rose would have as much right to our airwaves as those who attempted to counter act her propagandistic filth.
Corporations have no brain. They have no liver. They have no heart or soul. They are designed to create profit above all else: even human life. To be blunt, yet as soft spoke as I can, to the Supremes I would scream, “Corporations are not goddamn people. Period.”
That’s the best I can do. It’s crude, but no where near as crude as handing over our representative form of government to CEOs whose bottom line often comes out of China, and worse places. Oh, indeed-e-do, there are worse places.
But a unasked question raps upon my conscience, as it should everyone who loves America for what our forefathers truly fought for. A question for these “patriots” who rally with the cry, “No American rights for terrorists, for non-Americans.”
If you truly believe that, shouldn’t you be raging like I am against the Supremes giving our rights to corporations: many of whom are not American and even closely associated with Communists, as in “Communist China?” You all are going to start raging against that give away of rights, aren’t you?
You hear that, don’t you?
The sound of a pin drop?
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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Ken – excellent article. We need publicly financed campaigns. My very independent congresswoman Louise Slaughter has some good thoughts on this: http://www.louise.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1449:slaughter-calls-supreme-court-decision-on-campaign-spending-terrible&catid=91:press-releases-2010&Itemid=141
Chuck, publicly-financed campaigns are a good idea, but that won’t prevent the millions of dollars in corporate money from running negative ads to bury any candidate, like Ms. Slaughter, that they don’t like. That’s one of the miserable practical effects of yesterday’s SC decision.
The astroturf Teabag Fiasco of August was a test run to see how politicians would react to angry mobs entering their townhall meetings — the corporatists must be pleased that most Dems ran for cover and Republicans were intimidated into compliance. In the future, all such public meetings will contain enraged screamers sponsored by corporate astroturf organizations, to be reported on by corporately-owned media to a public that has to buy most of what it needs from large corporations. ‘Of, by and for the people’? We’re screwed.