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Op-Ed: $ome of the people — Fir$t Amendment ruling destroys US democracy

By Paul Wallis     Apr 3, 2014 in Politics
Washington - The great experiment of America as a free nation is over. Now, free speech is officially dollar-based. The Supreme Court has given American government to the rich on the basis that donations to political parties constitute a form of free speech.
The Washington Post:
An elite class of wealthy donors who have gained mounting influence in campaigns now has the ability to exert even greater sway.
A Supreme Court decision Wednesday to do away with an overall limit on how much individuals can give candidates and political parties opens a new spigot for money to flow into campaigns already buffeted by huge spending from independent groups.
…The ruling by a sharply split court opens the door even wider for a narrow universe of donors to expand their giving by writing single checks for as much as $3.6 million that could flow directly to candidate and party committees.
…That could mean a financial infusion for the national parties, whose traditional dominance has been eclipsed in many areas by super PACs and politically active nonprofit groups that can collect unlimited sums.
The New York Times
Wednesday’s decision did not affect familiar base limits on contributions from individuals to candidates, currently $2,600 per candidate in primary and general elections. But it said that overall limits of $48,600 by individuals every two years for contributions to all federal candidates violated the First Amendment, as did separate aggregate limits on contributions to political party committees, currently $74,600.
This is the First Amendment of which they speak:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Now- Does this amendment refer to freedom of speech? It does. For whom? Americans. It would take an American on minimum wage half a million hours, or 1408 years on $7 an hour, to earn one of those $3.6 million donation checks.
In politics, money does all the talking. If donations were a measure of free speech, the poor would have no say at all. Nor would anyone else.
Exactly how the Supreme Court managed to equate dollars with free speech is open to debate. It’s no news to anyone that in the Feed Lot of the Mediocre which now passes for American political representation that money is the only subject under discussion, anyway.
They the People have long since ceased to be represented on any level. The pursuit of life, liberty and everybody else’s money has replaced the earlier version.
I doubt if there is any obscenity, in any language ever known, which could adequately express a description of American politics in its current degenerate state. “Generational pedophilia” is close, but much too mild. “Making a mockery of democracy” is far too flattering.
The nearest thing to an actual attempt at real democracy, America was at one stage in history truly the heart and soul of human freedom and liberties, at a terrible cost. If America’s own domestic freedoms were hard won against internal opposition, many Americans died and were maimed fighting for human rights, freedoms and basic democracy around the world. Some of the greatest ideas in human history, and some of the greatest defenders of humanity, have come from America.
Not now. A stench of disgusting, inferior, minds, corrupt and insular, perverse and insane, now oozes through the museum. Weaklings, spreading sickness through policies and a legacy of social and human deformities through legislation, are the only sight to be seen. Not a vertebrate to be seen, not an honest word to be heard. A nation of repulsive, verbose, obliging, obsequious cowards has replaced a nation of unrehearsed, unintentional, tongue-tied heroes.
I repeat a question I’ve asked before- When does the American public cease being treated like toilet paper by its governments, media, corporations, and now its judiciary?
From the previous version of the US Constitution, prior to this Supreme Court ruling:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Well, nice try, guys. The disunity has now been quite intentional and rampant for years. Justice now considers money to be a form of democratic right, welfare and the Blessings of Liberty are entirely for the rich, and Posterity may need a pair of tweezers and a magnifying glass to find a future America worthy of the name.
There’s one other famous American saying which applies here: “We have met the enemy, and they are us.”
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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