The Terrorists Have Won

January 21, 2010 at 11:56 am | Posted in Judiciary, Obituary, politics straight up, Reality Bites, terrorism | 1 Comment
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Before funeral services in undertaking parlor. Southside of Chicago, Illinois. c.1941 Apr (Library of Congress)

It’s official. Corporations may now openly buy seats in the House, Senate, governorships and the White House.

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns.

The court on Thursday overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to pay for campaign ads. The decision almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns and threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.

The justices also struck down part of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that barred union- and corporate-paid issue ads in the closing days of election campaigns.

The illusion that ours was a government of, for and by the people has been thrown aside. We are now officially a government of, for and by Our Corporate Overlords.

Sporting of them to “almost certainly … allow labor unions to participate.”

UPDATE: Go here to read relevant excerpts from the majority and dissenting opinions, or here for the whole thing.

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UPDATE: You don’t suppose Roberts, Kennedy, Alito, Scalia and Thomas are currying favor with those who have threatened violence against judges who step out of line, do you?


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  1. […] that the Supreme Court has turned the country over to corporations, this may be our last opportunity to let these fucking assholes know how righteously pissed off we […]

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