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The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations can be heard in federal political campaigns as loudly and as much as their pocketbooks allow, by granting them all the rights originally meant for individuals citizens. Whatever rationale was used to arrive at such a disastrous legislation does not excuse it, because the consequences for liberty and democracy from this ruling were clear and grim from the beginning.

The obvious retaliation on the part of every good citizen would be to organize peacefully and strip corporations the right of personhood and define clear restrictions for what they can and can not do. We will do ourselves and future generations a great service by forever recasting these unaccountable and immoral entities as private instruments meant to be used solely for the purposes of creating wealth and offering products in society, and nothing more. To give already powerful corporations like Monsanto, Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, and other destructive monsters even more freedom to sway politicians against the bests interests of humanity is an act of political suicide.

Assisting the suicide are five Supreme Court justices, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, John G. Roberts Jr, Antonin Scalia, and Samuel A. Alito Jr. One important point that all five men omitted in their decision is that corporations don't die, so in a generation or two, if current trends persist, they will become kingdoms overruling laws and nations. If that reality hadn't already hit home by now, then the 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court has made it clear to everyone what is really at stake. To put it simply, the whole world is facing slavery at the hands of giant transnational corporations and the few who control them.

In response, the president of the United States described the ruling as a "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." Though Obama's judgment is undoubtedly true, the irony is that he has been pulled into the cyclone of corruption by the same forces, so to speak as an innocent spectator is misleading. Obama would have us believe that the man in charge of the presidency of the most influential government in the world is powerless to combat against corrupt and organized interests. But those who falsely deny themselves power do it so they can also deny themselves responsibility and guilt, mistakenly believing that the day of judgment will not hold them to account. But that is a grave delusion, because the president still has tremendous power. One powerful voice is all that is needed to circumvent and block the efforts of rotten corporate bureaucracies and organized oligarchs.

II. No Court is Supreme

On the constitutional map of the United States, the Supreme Court is usually represented as a giant continental plate that is stable in its course and considered untouchable. The belief is that all in the nation must alter their movements according to its dictates. But that belief, after yesterday's ruling, can no longer be respected. The court has had a long history of undermining human liberty, and its most recent affront on self-government and political accountability is the most egregious. It has exhibited a profound disrespect for American citizens too many times, eroding its authority piece by piece over its shameful existence. As a result of the court's latest supreme folly, American democracy has been hit with a freedom-shattering political earthquake, causing Lady Liberty's head to go missing, and splitting New York City in half. Although it is not the biggest shock to individual rights in recent memory, the aftershocks expected in the months and years to come may be even more deadly if we do not respond forcefully in time. Nothing less than the reversal of this anti-democratic ruling must be called for. All leaders who oppose such a move, like Republican senator Mitch McConnell, reveal themselves to be totally unfit to represent this great country, and must be thrown out by their ears.

 

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Saman Mohammadi is a soldier of the infowar, and a full-time university student in Toronto, Canada. His blog is The Excavator - http://disquietreservations.blogspot.com.

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