Here comes the Corporate States of America

Today a US Supreme Court case rejected campaign finance limits in a decision known as Citizens United:

In what could prove to be the most consequential Supreme Court decision in decades, all five of the Court’s conservatives joined together today to invalidate a sixty-three year-old ban on corporate money in federal elections. In the process, the Court overruled a twenty year-old precedent permitting such bans on corporate electioneering; and it ignored the protests of the four more moderate justices in dissent.

I like free speech and I like robust businesses making money.   But.  This decision means corporations can now spend their money on political campaigns as if they were individual persons: as little, or more to the point, as much, as they want.  Roll that one around for a minute.

One can only imagine the implications, given the relentless voracity of corporations and the morally bankrupt, psychologically syphilitic assortment of pimps, thieves and con artists that litter the political landscape like so much dog shit.

Olbermann explains how the Citizens United decision, ostensibly made in the interest of free speech, could be its eventual undoing:

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(h/t JAB)

6 Responses to “Here comes the Corporate States of America”

  1. 1 Rob F Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    How many people who complained about the Lawrence v. Texas decision because it overruled a precedent are also applauding this ruling, even though this one overruled one (and some) precendents?

  2. 2 Rob F Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    To go further, my previous comment actually applies in reverse. If you disagree with decision X on the grounds of overruling precedent, you’d better be against decision Y (which also overrules precedent), even if you agree with one of them. To do otherwise is to be spineless, hyprocritical, and taking the unprincipled view of “whatever I agree with is right”.

  3. 3 hemmingforddogblog Friday, January 22, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I actually don’t think this decision will change anything. The US of A is being run by the corporations, period. This just lets them do it out in the open — ie cheaper! Look at the bank bailouts. The money that went to AIG was funneled back to Goldman Sachs, which paid off the European banks — 100 cents on the dollar! No losses for these big boys. Look at health care, well you get my drift.

    These boys and girls (the “government”) are bought and paid for. Look at the guy that won in Mass. Idiots voted for him because he drives a pick up truck. (Good job political PR firm!) Hunter really likes this guy — a dead giveaway to stupid…

    The people running for office these days are just the sock puppets for their overlords — the money people. They set up distractions for the rubes, abortion/teabaggers/Palin/cute guy in pickup truck/ etc., to get their guy elected. Why else would a poor/disadvantaged person vote for a Republican who is going to screw them twelve ways from Thursday!

    My morning rant… 🙂

  4. 4 Cornelius T.Zen Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Good morrow, all!
    The curtain has been drawn aside. The man behind the curtain is now revealed. The Powers That Be are now The Powers That Be Seen. The Illuminati are now the Illuminated. The entire executive, legislative and judicial system is now for sale. Lobbyists are now redundant. All the corporations have to do is make a phone call, and the member for Goldman Sachs or the Senator from Exxon Mobile will take the call.
    Bought and paid for. Just like guvamint is s’posed t’be, huh?
    Thus, democracy dies — not with a bang, not with a whimper, but with the sound of the pen across the signature line on the cheque. George Carlin was right. Chief Justice John Roberts has taken the call.
    The Dark Side has won. – CTZen

  5. 5 Bleatmop Friday, January 22, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Funny how not so long ago we stopped corporate donations here in Canada and now the US is moving in the other direction. I just wish we could ban corporate donations on the provincial level too.

  6. 6 Cornelius T.Zen Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Good morrow, all!
    The Congress of the United States – a wholly owned subsidiary of (insert corporate sponsorship here, rank according to campaign contribution)
    Bought and paid for, owned and owing.
    “Ya dance with the lady whut brung ya” – Brian Mulroney
    And…the lady whut brung ya calls the tune…
    “Hey daddy, why does the Capitol Building look like all them cars in the NASCAR Races?”
    “Well, son, that’s because all our politicians have corporate sponsorship now. Just last year, Exxon Mobile bought the White House.”
    “Is that why the President wears a Valvoline jumpsuit now?”
    “Son, you catch on fast.”
    Your government – on the job, and on the take – CTZen

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