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Friday, October 28, 2016

Super PACs And Secret Money Destroying America’s Democracy

Leave it to Bill Moyers, one of America’s most useful citizens, to sum up our country’s present political plight in a succinct metaphor: “Our elections have replaced horse racing as the sport of kings. These kings are multibillionaire corporate moguls who by divine right — not of God, but (of the Supreme Court’s) Citizens United decision — are now buying politicians like so much pricey horseflesh.”

Pricey, indeed. In its disgraceful, democracy-crushing judicial edict of January 2010, the Court took the big advantage that America’s corporate elite already had in politics — and super-sized it. This is the first presidential election to be run under the rigged rules invented by the Court’s five-man corporatist majority, and we can see the effects of this ruling.

For instance, we saw in this year’s Republican nominating contests that a new, supremely authorized critter not only arose, but instantly became the dominant force in the game, allowing a handful of extremely wealthy players to shove their selfish agenda ahead of all other interests in the election process: super PACs!

These are secretive money funnels that various political partisans have set up to take advantage of the court’s implausible finding that the Constitution allows corporations and super-rich individuals to put unlimited sums of money into “independent” campaigns to elect or defeat whomever they choose. (I should note that the justices’ ruling was a model of fairness in that it also allows poor people to put unlimited amounts of their money into super PACs.)

  • William Deutschlander

    When you combine the ROBERT”S COURT, McCONNELL, ROVE & the KOCH BROS & ASSOCIATES you have a lethal force that is hell bent on DESTROYING DEMOCRACY in the U S A!

    • DurdyDawg

      Ah, they don’t wanna destroy democracy.. They just want it THEIR way.

  • Texanna33

    The whole idea of what the Supreme Court has done is sickening. The one entity that was supposed to be apolitical, completely objective and impartial is now corrupt too.

    We remember with shame the days of slavery when people were bought and sold, well it’s still going on, it’s just that corporate owned slaves live a lot better than the ones on the plantations did. It’s still shameful, but if there’s enough money in it some people know no shame.

  • EdC

    Finally someone has put into print want I have been saying all along. It is to bad that the so called “liberal Media” won’t carry it, their conseravtive owners won’t let them.

  • Heres a couple of words for you that describe what Citizens United has done to our election process:
    oligarchy – meaning “a few”, and ἄρχω (archo), meaning “to rule or to command”)[1][2][3] is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control.
    plutocracy – from Ancient Greek ploutos, meaning “wealth”, and kratos, meaning “power, rule”) is rule by the wealthy, or power provided by wealth.
    Now, I guess all you republicans want to be ruled by the wealthy and powerful instead of, “of the people, by the people and for the people.”

    We need to stop this disgusting practice now, before it’s to late for our country!!!!

  • karinursula

    What really scares me is should Romney win, God forbid, what he owes in favors to all these money givers. It will be more tax breaks for the rich, which he will defend saying that tax breaks will give us more jobs. Well, I’m still waiting for these jobs.

  • Our democracy is up for sale to the highest bidder. Foreign money like funds from China will be flowing like a spring. The loosers are the poor & middleclass. The winners are big corporations!

  • Lisztman

    @Mr. Hightower:
    Is it not possible for a corporation’s shareholders to inquire of the extent of the corporation’s “charitable contributions” — as well as the nature of the recipients?

    • ralphkr

      The shareholders may inquire (after the fact) and be thoroughly ignored unless said shareholder happens to be named Gates or Buffett.

  • rustacus21

    There was once this place called Rome. It had an army 2nd to none. They looted the (known) world, bringing “booty” back to the home territory. They became proud & lazy, as it’s soldiers & citizens were better @fighting than making/keeping peace. Every 1 looked to Rome as an example of the ‘high-life’ society & immigrated there (or close by). There were also these “Huns” who were quite the nuisance, eventually sacking & robbing & essentially laying waste to a once great empire… If any of this sounds strangely familiar, wake up family, friends & strangers & tell them to vote Liberal/Progressive & be ready to battle for this Democracy! The money must go & conservatives won’t do it. If Liberal/Progressives don’t, we’ll have to elect ourselves. The blueprint of how this all works is here B4 us. But quitting & letting corporations & the wealthy take us over w/out so much as even faux resistance isn’t the answer…