One Way to Fight this Supreme Court Idiocy – Comedy!
Remember the recent landmark decision (Citizens United) by the US Supreme Court on corporate contributions to election campaigns? The ruling allows corporations to make unlimited contributions to such political action committees as “Super PACs” without any disclosure. These Super PACs can then spend this money on any political campaign which involves an issue or a candidate – for or against.
If you recall, in a very unusual deviation to the norm, President Obama dinged the Court on this issue during his 2010 State of the Union Address. Even though I believe that President Obama is in the pocket of Wall Street Casino ‘Banks’, I agree with his take – albeit hypocritical – on this issue:
“With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said.
“I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests or, worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people. And I urge Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps correct some of these problems.”
In short, the right-wing tools on the Court bench delivered the democracy on a silver platter to the big money interests. Here is the simple logic these tools ignored: corporations, who can make unlimited contributions have perpetual life. Individuals, who are limited on how much they can contribute to a campaign, can now incorporate themselves and donate unlimited money to campaigns. This was the death of democracy in a country that championed democracy. Yet, there is no outcry. At least not yet.
Stephen Colbert through his brand of sarcastic humor, just fired a salvo at the Supreme Court lunacy. Hats off to Stephen’s bravado. Public awareness through comedy: this is a much watch speech.