Have an election you’d like to sell? Updated

If you are in the States, then you are in luck.  Mind you, it has to be an interesting election, one where one candidate supports the voters’ interests and another will support opposing corporate interests. 

As Obama says:

With its ruling today, the Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics. It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.

See the link above on details about this:

Sweeping aside a century-old understanding and overruling two important precedents, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the government may not ban political spending by corporations in candidate elections.

Thanks to Lani in comments for this link to a petition for a constitutional amendment to limit the right to free speech to people.

11 thoughts on “Have an election you’d like to sell? Updated

  1. i’ve always said the court was the most powerful branch of our government. hearing that ruling sent me though the roof. terrible, simply terrible. and so we begin to see the lasting reprecussions of bush’s supreme court appointments.

  2. I wonder if and when the ordinary people are going to say enough? I wonder if “we the people” will find the strength to take back Washington from the self-serving bastards (both parties) who are making these ridiculous decisions in order to secure their futures, but not the future of America.

  3. That said, Obama hasn’t exactly separated himself from corporate interests, either. This latest blow notwithstanding, America has been an oligarchy for a long time.

  4. Yes, my morning coffee with Mr. BigK was over a discussion of how truly screwed the planet is now. As he energetically argued, all that a corporation needs to do now is dedicate their considerable resources to defeating one politician who votes the wrong way on, say, cap-and-trade, and take out ads saying, “Who’s next?” The other politicians will fall in line (as they always do when the NRA does this. And if you think the NRA has a lot of money, try Exxon). Say goodbye to the polar ice caps while you’ve got a chance! Buh-bye, ice caps.

  5. Campbell, I think Obama’s actions give us a really difficult situation to assess. Politics is supposed to be the art of the possible. People who voted for him could have known he’d make some huge compromises.

    Can one get rid of an oligarchy without a revolution?

  6. Lani, thanks so much. I’m going to put the link in the body of the post.

    I do worry that amending the constitution may be a slow process.

  7. I wonder if The Family has anything to do with this – they certainly helped establish the oligarchy. Though, I think the nonsense of corporations with personhood goes back to shortly after the Civil War when legislation that was supposed to help ex-slaves was misused. If I recall correctly, The Family has “only” been around since the early 1900s…

    Let’s spread the word about Move to Amend, though I agree with jj that it’ll be tough to get rid of the oligarchy without a revolution! Or at minimum some real election process reform – which will not be implemented by the oligarchs because they’d unemploy themselves.

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