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On January 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that some are calling the Court's biggest blunder since the Dred Scott Decision.

In the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court ruled that corporations may spend unlimited amounts of money at any time to influence elections.

This seems to redefine the meaning of democracy in this country. After all, the average citizen does not have the financial resources to compete with the likes of ExxonMobil, Walmart, or Wall Street. And, while some might point out that our elected officials are already bought and sold by corporate America, it is now official U.S. law. And that should scare anyone but the most greedy, heartless CEOs and lawmakers.

The Court decided this case by a 5-4 margin. Dissenting in part were Justices Stevens, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor. In his dissent, Justice Stevens wrote:

"The Court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution."
Justice Stevens elaborates:
"In the context of election to public office, the distinction between corporate and human speakers is significant. Although they make enormous contributions to our society, corporations are not actually members of it. They cannot vote or run for office. Because they may be managed and controlled by nonresidents, their interests may conflict in fundamental respects with the interests of eligible voters. The financial resources, legal structure, and instrumental orientation of corporations raise legitimate concerns about their role in the electoral process."
Indeed.

So what we have now is not government of the people, by the people, and for the people. What we have now is government of the people, by the corporations, and for the corporations.

And that is exactly how Mussolini defined fascism.

According to Mussolini, "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power."

This, it seems, is what our Supreme Court has interpreted to be the law of the land.

Forget about health care reform. The health insurance industry is now unrestricted in buying and selling our politicians.

Forget about curbing global warming. The nation's biggest polluters are also the nation's richest corporations, and now they can freely spend all their profits on electing equally irresponsible government officials.

And forget about peace, human rights, and international law. KBR and Blackwater have much more money than you.

I have a feeling that our nation's Founding Fathers are now spinning in their graves.

 

Mary Shaw is a Philadelphia-based writer and activist, with a focus on politics, human rights, and social justice. She is a former Philadelphia Area Coordinator for the Nobel-Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International, and her views (more...)
 

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Right on, MaryWill the Fox vidiots now stop talkin... by Kent Welton on Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 11:28:04 AM
For every action there is a reaction. At first th... by Dusty Nathan on Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 11:36:29 AM
They don't have to vote. All they have to do is bu... by Arthur M. Howard-(Scotoni) on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 5:14:52 AM
Hell, the corporations essentially choose our cand... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:36:04 AM
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the problem of course is will the supreme court be... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:53:27 AM
While I completely agree that corporations are tak... by Darren Wolfe on Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 12:41:00 PM
"If you want to take the corporations power away, ... by Perry Logan on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 5:47:12 AM
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With the freedom loving Bush? LOL He was the bigge... by Darren Wolfe on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 12:43:25 PM
to "protect" free speech, but that is exactly what... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 11:04:53 AM
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If corporations are given equal rights as individu... by Paul from Potomac on Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 1:41:53 PM
when "we" have been corrupted by corporate campaig... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 12:03:56 PM
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or arising from the dead? Only time will tell. The... by WML on Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 4:53:14 PM
We simply cannot accept nor tolerate the current C... by boomerang on Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 9:47:51 PM
My first instinct is to agree (see my "Pledge of N... by Michael David Morrissey on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 12:52:47 AM
You are right. But this is the logics of capitalis... by Stefan Thiesen on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 5:46:53 AM
Choice is eliminated by the time the televised deb... by Matthew Peters on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 8:10:21 AM
This is just the latest show of corporations flexi... by Beverly's Blast on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 9:26:04 AM
but this country has been corporate fascist for fa... by Michael Shaw on Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:25:27 AM