Overheard – Disbelieved.
We the soulless Corporations of the United States, in order to form the Union more perfect to our shareholders, establish injustice, insure domestic inequality, provide for our common defense, promote our general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity at the expense of living American citizens, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United Corporations of America.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the next President of the United States,
brought to you by Goldman Sachs, Mobil Oil, DuPont Chemical, and Coca-Cola.
Democracy has just been sold to the highest bidder.
Random comments culled from a variety of sites in response to yesterday’s supreme court 5-4 ruling to topple century-old restrictions on corporate spending in federal elections that had never before been questioned in the courts. In a sort of constitutional Frankenstein moment, the court declared that the corporation is, like the average citizen, what Dahlia Lithwick of Slate termed, “a real live boy.” Pinocchio, if you will.
Hence, corporate speech is now more compellingly “real” than the “voices of the real people” it will drown out.
Yesterday, such an unthinkable act would have seemed an improbable plot slated for a nail-biting political thriller, fiction, of course, with a screen adaptation to follow and a Jimmy Stewart type hero leading the charge, or a Jiminy Crickett type character with a conscience saving the day and our once beloved democracy.
Today, however, it’s all too numbingly real.
The Supreme Court’s Citizen United Decision