Thursday’s 5-4 decision by the United States Supreme Court to allow direct funding of electoral campaigns by corporations is just one more step by conservatives to silence and ignore the voices and the will of the common citizens of the United States of America. With their ruling, they have illustrated beyond a doubt that instead of the nation being about ‘We the People’ as written in the United States Constitution, it is now heading towards being about ‘We the Corporations;’ many would say that the nation is already there.
Once again, conservatives show that their corporate masters run their agendas. Even the conservative majority of the Supreme Court, which is supposed to be above such matters, has not supported the American Dream for each individual within the country, but rather has incorrectly supported the idea that capitalism is the nation’s one true religion, the end-all and be-all of its existence.
To be honest, what is being served here is not capitalism, but rather the continual formation of an elite class that controls the country, a country that is supposed to be led, as Abraham Lincoln stated in The Gettysburg Address, by “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The heads of corporations are now a royalty class in the United States; and that royalty sees itself as entitled to be carried on the backs of the very citizens that the government is supposed to serve. This Supreme Court decision brings the nation one step closer to a corporate fascist state where companies keep in place a perpetual class and economic system built upon inequality of the society solely for their own continual gluttonous and greed-filled gains and lifestyles.
And yes, Republicans are not alone in this. Many Democrats also allow corporations to dominate and alter their agendas towards corporate favoritism. The main difference seems, however, to be the fact that the Democrats, at least for the most part, while enjoying the benefits of corporate dealings within the government, are still opposed to a complete corporate takeover. Still, Democrats must each step up and decide and vocalize to whom they owe their allegiance.
Although there is still a glimmer of hope, that hope is fading fast. Despite a need for change in this nation, any attempt at such has been met with roadblock after roadblock. To be sure, it is quickly being realized that any such change can come only after corporations, businesses, special interest groups, and unions all are removed completely from involvement in governmental affairs.
A Democratic Republic such as the United States of America can only work if each person within speaks with the same authority in regard to the election of those who serve within the government. As long as corporations and other groups have a say and speak with their enormous treasuries, there can not be the equality in voice which our founding fathers envisioned for this nation. While it may be a goal that can only be strived but not attained, for freedom and liberty to prevail the attempt must be continually made by each generation of citizens.
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Copyright © 2009 by Raymond Gellner