Friday, January 22, 2010

American corporatocracy

I've been meaning to comment on this week's horrendous Surpreme Court decision handing the entire American political process over to corporate special interests, turning the country into even more of a corporatocracy than it is now, but Keith Olbermann just put it so brilliantly Thursday evening.

Watch the video below. Here's a taste:

Right now, you can prostitute all of the politicians some of the time, and prostitute some of the politicians all the time, but you cannot prostitute all the politicians all the time. Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts this will change. Unless this mortal blow is somehow undone, within ten years, every politician in this country will be a prostitute.


Be prepared, then, for the reduction of taxes for the wealth, and for the corporations, and the elimination of the social safety nets for everybody else, because money spent on the poor means less money left for the corporations.

Be prepared, then, for wars sold as the "new products" which Andy Card once described them as,  year-after-year, as if they were new Fox Reality Shows, because Military Industrial Complex Corporations are still corporations. Be prepared, then, for the ban on same-sex marriage, on abortion, on evolution, on separation of church and state. The most politically agitated group of citizens left are the evangelicals, throw them some red meat to feed their holier-than-thou rationalizations, and they won't care what else you do to this corporate nation.

The Supreme Court essentially ruled that a corporation is a person, that, as Olbermann put it, "corporations had all the rights of people," and that "any restrictions on how these corporate-beings spend their money on political advertising, are unconstitutional."

This is nonsense, a perversion of American democracy, and what is being ushered in is a political nightmare.

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