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Thursday, January 21, 2010

There Goes More Than Just The Neighborhood!

Back in September 2009 I tried my best to alert us all to the dangers of the imminent Supreme Court ruling about overturning all limits on corporate spending on campaigns. Well, they gone done it. They reversed the McCain/Feingold law - one of the few things that McCain has done that I really really like.

This is just wrong. It will lead to no good and we can start to pack the wagons now because there is a new sheriff in town and he's a lot bigger than any of us. Welcome to the Corporations of America.

I am so sorry to see us go down in such a shameful, pathetic, greed-dripped, blind-sighted way. I thought better of us. It was probably the WWII generation that I thought better of. But they're gone. This has been a long time in the making, it took a lot of campaign donations to get this particular Supreme Court in place to hear this particular argument of this issue at this specific time in history. Make no mistake about it, this ruling is historical. Hysterical in a macabre sort of way too.

This pendulum will swing slowly so you'll have to pay close attention to follow the consequences of this ruling. The same way that Ronald Reagan's gift of deregulation, beginning in the early 80s, slowly took hold of America's economy before it strangled the very life from it- you may not notice the changes to our elections. Change will come and not for the betterment or the strengthening of the individual voice or in the interest of justice.

My only solution was prevention and that has failed. So I'm open to hear other ideas how the United States of America can return to the original values of human dignity and the pursuit of individual happiness.


T. O'Shaughnessy said...

The most honest and relevant return to the founding principles and the ethics of John Locke won't happen as it would require a revolution and the people won't do that! Electing honest and committed elected officials is the way, but with corporate money washing ashore at every beachhead that may become difficult. To win small incremental policy changes over decades and then have a Supreme Court of majority conservatives eliminate all of it with the stroke of a pen is tough to bear. I for one, am returning to the well for a brief sip of fresh, clean water while I regroup and plan my next campaign. The day I give up is the day I leave and expatriate!

Miki said...


tony baloney said...

my question is, what got into Justice Kennedy to side with Scalia and the forces of evil; and on the same week another Kennedy is replaced in the US Senate by a republican former centerfold who has already set back healthcare for another couple of decades