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Why This Could Be Democracy‘s Last Gasp:

All Men Were Created Equal.. Or at least so they said….

Hopefully, we are not unaware to the fact this has not always been the case.  Large groups of people were at various times denied the simple ability to enjoy their rights the same, especially the right to take part in the political process.  For this “fact” we take for granted, to in fact become reality, required much work.  Great sacrifices made the Bill of Rights most  famous phrase “all men are created equal” ring true (at least closer to the truth), but there is further yet to go.

While complacency comes easily to a generation free from want or struggle; Governance of our nation, simply placed on “cruise control” is folly.  An act comparable to falling asleep at the wheel.  Our rights are no longer safe, our interests no longer pursued;  In short, our trust is misplaced.

Our collective interests have never been MORE threatened, major gains made towards leveling the playing field, ensuring America is the land of opportunity for all have been undone.  Markets are deregulated, allowing the near fatal Wall Street collapse, hard-fought gains made by Unions tarnished and undone.  Safeguards for the working man are being unraveled in the interest of appeasing the mythical Job-creating class.

Major corporations are posting record profits, as the rest of the nation is in the grips of a depression that appears everlasting. A single Supreme Court ruling has ensured our nations future, will be run in the interests of major corporations.  Unions, police officers, firefighters, and teachers  are labeled as special interests, while the implication that the interests of billionaires and the average worker are the same is well and alive.

Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps a reminder of what it cost will serve as a call to action,

People just like us, fought to be included, because it was what they wanted.  Hard-fought gains made through constant struggle now lie in mortal danger.   If we do not put aside petty differences and begin acting in the interest’s of people,

real people, flesh and blood people, like you or I; our nation will never be the same.

Corporate $$$ corrosively eats into the political process, cancer quickly metastasized until suddenly gone terminal.  If we do not take aggressive treatment against this malignant tumor, Democracy as we know it will wither and die.

The majority decision in Citizens v. United, has jeopardized the very thing taken for granted by my entire generation, the right to stand up and be heard.  However futile it may seem, it was a right hard for many to come by.  5 men, part of a court labeling itself Supreme,

silently hits delete on over 200 yrs. Of hard work, struggle and progress.

We must hold this Supreme Court accountable for its reverse activist stance, basing their decision Chevron or Shell have as much right to Free Speech as us, from a case with such a limited scope. But, Corporations ARE NOT people, this fact is plain!

While all men (and women) may (technically) be created equal, this constitutional protection should not apply to corporate entities.  How can the interests of you or I compete, with a fortune 500 company?

When someone such as Sheldon Adelson (who recently donated $10,000,000) has committed to spending as much as it takes to get his way, is it not common sense to believe that his interest will eventually be served over my own?

English: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson recieve Wo...
English: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson recieve Woodrow Wilson Awards Español: Sheldon and Miriam Adelson reciben Woodrow Wilson Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Does anyone seriously believe that the advent of unlimited donations to the Super PAC has not tainted Democracy?

If for some strange reason your answer to that question is yes, …

I think you need to really take a second, maybe a deep breath or two (or even three),  and get your shit together.

There, thats better.

How can we confer upon a conscious-less being all the rights that you or I enjoy?  Are we able to prove premeditation or intent, or use emotion to establish a motive in a crime?  When was the last time you heard about a corporation receiving the death sentence, or anything other than a fine, (let alone jail time)? Aside from punitive damages the answer is really, NEVER.

The Very Nature of Corporations is Corrupt!

The interests being served are not yours or mine, unless, of course we sit upon the board as a CEO or large shareholder.  Corporations exist for the sole purpose of making a profit, every year more profit than the year before.

While it may be ok for their employees to be forced to sacrifice, it is never acceptable for corporations to just be getting by, able to afford paying the bills, but you might have to wait for that vacation home you want to buy.  How many people can relate to that idea?  Barely scraping by?

Money, for money’s sake at the cost of everything and anyone standing in their way, profit over people no matter the margin. That is the nature of the beast, the only possible outcome of a partnership born solely of greed is the neglect of basic human interests.

Do we really want to allow these people and company’s who have already bent the nation to their will

U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. ...
U.S. Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

to dominate electoral politics; providing them a blank check for “free speech”, government sold to the highest bidder?…. I think our government is fucked up enough already without muting the interests of the general population in pursuit of the all mighty dollar.

Without the constraints of citizenship, these multinational corporations are free to pick up and go wherever working costs and conditions are low….China, Latin America, India, Pakistan, this is where the jobs go. No loyalty, free to pick up and move shop, but their vote and their influence has already been cast.

Please take a second, offer your signature, donate if you feel so inclined. Do something though,  share the article, comment and speak your mind.  Doing nothing is just another shade of guilt, but guilty all the same. Through our inaction we have nobody but ourselves to blame;

Jeffrey Toobin wrote a very enlightening and disheartening article about the inner workings of the Supreme Court regarding their decision in Citizens v. United, featured in the New Yorker.  You can find it here.

Also here is an article about how today’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold their earlier 2010 decision will affect the future of the nation found in the Atlantic.

United State Supreme Court Building
United State Supreme Court Building (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ways To Get Involved:  

Here is a site dedicated to amending the constitution to undo the conservative corporate interests of the current Supreme Court, as it has become clear they are indifferent to the corrupting influence their decision has played on electoral politics.

The Nation also has a push to amend the constitution which you can become a part of right here, as does Bernie Sanders.

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