Congratulations America! The U.S. Supreme Court has just made it official: Democracy in America is dead. Corporations are now officially allowed to pour as much money — money that corporations have received by overcharging customers — into political campaigns as they want, meaning that the large bribes to politicians, and, obviously, many others in Washington, will officially kill the election process. Apparently, appointing an imbicile to the presidency in 2000 wasn’t enough….
In easing decades-old limits on corporate spending in federal campaigns, the U.S. Supreme Court has reportedly ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for President and Congress, offering more evidence of the problems America has with corrupted politicians appointing corrupted cronies to high places. For instance, back in 2006 it was revealed that dozens of federal judges gave contributions to President Bush and top Republicans who helped place them on the bench.
In yet another 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that prohibited corporations from using money from their general treasuries to pay for their own campaign ads. 24 states that had similar limits regarding corporate spending in campaigns could also be affected by the ruling.
A prohibition on direct contributions to candidates from corporations and unions was left in place after the ruling which accepted the argument that limited spending places unconstitutional restraint on free speech, violating their First Amendment rights.
Ruling Further Erodes Democratic Principles in the U.S.
Ironically, corporations are allowed to sway elections with lies under the guise of free speech, but citizens that protest their Government’s actions are being arrested for violating the same right to free speech. Talk about an oxymoron…
Part of the ruling of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that barred union and corporate paid issue ads in the closing days of election campaigns was also struck down in the decision.
Political Action Committees (PACs) are not affected by the egregious decision. Corporations, unions and others may create PACs to contribute directly to candidates, but funding must be made with voluntary contributions from employees, members and other individuals, not by corporate or union treasuries.
The ruling by the corrupted majority of the U.S. Supreme Court further erodes democratic principles in the U.S. and will, as noted by WSWS, result in even greater corporate manipulation of elections and more bribery and corruption — which has been the norm in Washington for decades, just more obvious during the past decade.
Corporations, unions and other financial elites will be able to openly purchase their politicians and install them in power, offering more evidence of the actual joke that holding formal elections has become and what a joke Democracy in the U.S. is.
Ruling Reveals How Corrupted the Majority of the U.S. Supreme Court Really is
According to ‘Justice’ Kennedy’s opinion on the case, when corporations spend billions of dollars manipulating elections to obtain their desired results, it’s called ‘Democracy.’ Hedge Funds, financial institutions, insurance companies and Pharmaceutical corporations routinely pay millions for their preferred candidates and inject billions into propaganda and lies designed to twist public opinion and sway the truth. ‘Justice’ Kennedy’s opinion makes it appear that he’s been in their pockets for years.
How the ‘high’ court can determine that corporate campaign spending is protected by the First Amendment guarantee of free speech raises a lot of questions and reveals how corrupted the majority of the court really is. The legal fiction that resulted in the decision shows just how convoluted the American ‘Justice’ system is and, as I mentioned above, offers yet more evidence as to why corrupted Presidents should not be allowed to appoint corrupted Judges. Judges should be elected and limited in the number of terms — and the number of politicians and corporations — they serve. For decades, more evidently since the appointment of George W. Bush to the presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court has egregiously, and illegally, asserted the power to invalidate laws and the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments.
As the elections approach this year, keep an eye on how much money large corporations give their candidates and how much they spend while slandering opponents. Unfortunately, too many people accept the lies and propaganda they’re fed as the truth without question. It could usher in a whole new era of boycotting corporations, deservedly so. The lies and misinformation, and possibly the lawsuits for false advertising, will be in full swing shortly.
It’s time to take a long hard look at impeaching all the corrupted ‘Justices’ that have been appointed by corrupted Presidents these past few decades, particularly the past two decades, and fixing our extremely corrupt political system. There are five ‘Justices’ that need to go. It has become blatantly obvious that the rule of law is nothing more than a joke and that more than half of the U.S. Supreme Court has been bought and paid for by the Bush family cabal. Political corruption is destroying this country and until something is done to correct it, things will only get worse.