Conservatives Say Good Riddance to Democracy

January 21, 2010

Hi Conservatives,

Remember when your friend John McCain (R) introduced a law to get campaign finance out of the hands of large corporations, labor unions, etc. and put political representation back in the hands of the people? It was a nice idea, and it had bipartisan support. Well, the Conservative Justices on the Supreme Court (2 of whom Bush Jr. appointed) just knocked it down.

Here’s the news from  Reuters: “Corporations can spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a landmark decision that allows massive sums to be spent to influence future elections.”

Well, Democracy was fun while it lasted!!! So long, Rule of the People; hello, corporatocracy!

The split was along conservative – liberal lines, 5-4. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the limits violated constitutional free-speech rights. “We find no basis for the proposition that, in the context of political speech, the government may impose restrictions on certain disfavored speakers,” he wrote.

Really? Do you agree with your Conservative leaders that corporations = “certain disfavored speakers”? Because if you do, I might have to de-friend you on Facebook.  I’m not above it.

Who has hijacked and co-opted Conservative philosophy and twisted into worship of multi-national corporations? Can somebody tell me? Who has convinced you that you owe loyalty to and/or that the Constitution grants rights to a corporation. You don’t. It doesn’t. Corporations are not persons!!! Corporations are not citizens.

As one commenter put it:

Every one of us, Democrat and Republican, rich and poor, Liberal and Conservative, has been dealt a blow today by powerful corporate interests who have taken over our representative Democracy and turned it into a way to transparently funnel every available bit of wealth and powerful to the already wealthy and powerful.

This is the stuff that all of should be marching on Washington D. C. to protest.

Instead, the disaffected on all sides of the political and economic fight point fingers at each other while the corporate takeover of our government destroys our society.

Stand up! Socialists, Teabaggers, moderates, and party faithfuls. You, unless you are already part of the wealthiest 1%, have had your representation stolen!

I realize that many of you are members of the Republican party or consider yourselves Conservatives because you believe that gay people shouldn’t marry and women shouldn’t have abortions. I personally think it’s ridiculous that a free-willing human would argue that gays shouldn’t have rights but fetuses should. (And I’m not over-simplifying.) But are you so wed to such beliefs that you are willing to sell our country’s democratic soul and your own political voice?

Really?

Spring

Also, if you care anything about State’s Rights, you might want to read this.

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5 Responses to “Conservatives Say Good Riddance to Democracy”

  1. Miz H Says:

    I, literally, started screaming in the car when I heard this on NPR. We haven’t been a democracy for a WHILE now and this is just the nail in the coffin. God, I’m so tired of being angry all the time.

    I remember the halcyon day (singular) after Obama’s election when I felt *good* about my country for the first time in my adult life. Now? I just feel the crushing dread of knowing I have to live here for the rest of my life.

    I can hear it now, “You don’t like it, leave the country!” You know what? Love to. But see, I got this thing called a “family”–you know that thing that keeps people rooted in third world war torn hellholes that are much worse than this? Also, you can’t just waltz into another country.

    But mostly, why the fuck should *I* have to be the one that goes? I *like* the Constitution and the ideals this country is based on! Why don’t *they* go and make their own circle-jerk country with a socially Darwinistic constitution? I think *they’re* the ones not playing by the rules.

    I need a nap. I gotta grow an infant, although what kind of craphole I’m bringing her into, I can’t say.


  2. I might add: THOSE FIVE JUSTICES are activist judges, not the judges who simply interpret the law “liberally”.

  3. POP writers Says:

    Miz H- I’m sorry, but you are soooooo cute when you’re angry. And smart and funny.

  4. Daniel Says:

    Only marginally related, but speaking of Ol’ Man McCain — didja notice that his wife just became 1000 times more sexy?

    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2010/01/21/McCain_Wont_Follow_Wifes_Lead/

    (and I don’t mean because she covered her creepy permanent Botox grin with duct tape)

  5. POP writers Says:

    Daniel- yes! That’s pretty fabulous!


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