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How the Supreme Court and the morbidly rich are ruining democracy in America


rawstory.com - People being killed by wildfires in California and people dying because they can’t afford their insulin are the same thing. Both represent the capture of government by corporations—in other words, both are symptoms of democracy in the United States being replaced by a corporate state with little regard for morality, life or the law.

In 1976, for the first time in America’s history, five conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that rich people owning their own personal politicians was constitutionally protected because the money they were using to buy legislators and legislation was “free speech.” The case was Buckley v. Valeo. In 1978, SCOTUS extended that logic to corporations in First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti.

The result was predictable. Rich people and corporations rose up and took over the government, as money poured into Reagan’s coffers and the corporate-funded GOP began to dominate the American political scene. And, also predictably, the most predatory and least scrupulous among those billionaires and corporations ended up with the most influence.

This Supreme Court-written law, reaffirmed in 2010’s Citizens United decision, was never proposed by any legislature, governor, or president, and, in fact, struck down a series of “good government” laws restricting money in politics that went all the way back to 1907.

And it has largely reduced democracy in the United States to ...

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🦅 Thom Hartmann ✨ is 1000% right. He is an expert on the history of the U.S. in general and the Supreme Court in particular. However, I would rephrase that headlne:

How the Supreme Court and the morbidly rich are ruining RUINED WHAT LITTLE democracy WE HAD in America

Our task is to make America a TRUE Democratic Republic, once and for all (see brief rant below).

No taxation without representation!

📢 We need one Representative PER 60,000 population (WITHOUT gerrymandering of ANY sort!), in an Electronic Congress, meeting exclusively through secure Pentagon Level Conferencing from their home States (ZERO routine back and forth taxpayer funded travel!), NOT in Washington D.C. 😈💵🎩 corporate lobbyist land .

OR, we can continue our path to society destroying unrestrained misery and tyranny.

« Last Edit: October 29, 2019, 05:48:16 pm by AGelbert »
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