Money-As-Speech = Legislation-As-Corruption
"When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying
any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its
lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new
So, apparently we might as well either hang ourselves, or them. As Jefferson observed so long ago, "reform" nearly always proves a deceitful and criminal joke. Witness the secret riders attached to bills at the last moment so no legislator can read them. Witness a twenty-five thousand page WTO bill that no Congressperson either read or understood. Witness a Patriot Act magically whipped up in two days after 9-11 crime, and pushed thru in four days. Witness ALEC handing state legislators their pre-written bills and getting the greedy and corrupt "representative" to pass this corporate crap without concern or question.
Clearly, we are in a box, and it isn't Pandora's.
With money-as-speech there is no way that ordinary people can match the influence of mega-corporations and billionaires buying up all the TV ad time and filling the radio waves and mail boxes with, well, lies -- another "free speech" freedom plus for the plutocracy. They own the media, the newspapers and hire the editors so the editorials will not upset the ruling elite. The rest of media will be constantly reloading their "weapons of mass distraction" they purposely aim against the people.
With money-as-speech everyone becomes bought off or afraid-for-their-jobs wage slaves of the oligarchy. Freedom and independence have thus degenerated into fear and dependence - the base hallmarks of a police state society.
There are not many weapons left for the people, who cannot trust their digital voting machines - wherein votes disappear into a black hole, and trusted, recountable, paper ballots are becoming extinct. When police state fascism has reduced you to a far-removed "free speech zone" to protest, it looks like boycotts are the only effective tool left short of revolution or a military coup that did not reify the existing tyranny.
Yes, the days of wishing for a military coup in the United States are closer than you think. How else do people escape neo-slavery? The problem there is the Fox News juggernaut and the idiot Right that might prevail in such a case, and in their hatred of 'Big Government,' simply give us really Big Fascism, with a twist of inane religious dogma, all courtesy of their screwy libertarian de-regulation doctrine that places and preserves power in the hands of the already powerful and rich. No freedom there.
Along with boycotts of corporations we can only hope to discover, support, and vote for candidates who remain free of corporate money and media and understand we must end the doctrine of money-as-speech, otherwise we will continue to have legislation-as-corruption and society-as-slavery.
"The accomplice to the crime of corruption is frequently our own indifference"