Unfortunately, we may well remember today as the day that the “great experiment in self governance” was finally undone.
Today, in an astonishing wave of judicial activism, corporatist judges (under the guise of being conservatives) voted to grant corporations personhood in a way that allows them to levy all of their vast power and finance against the government of the United States. In other words, my paltry campaign contributions are now in competition with General Electric.
But it doesn’t stop there. The ruling seems to allow for foreign held, and even multination conglomerates the same protections! Our future as a country may well now be in the hands of the board of directors for Toyota. I’m not being hyperbolic here: I’m restating the waves that are all over the blogosphere and RW media.
Read the ruling here: Supreme Court Ruling
This is a war that’s been quietly running for over a hundred years … today may be the final straw. This is the essence of why Fox can blather the way they do, or we still have debate about global warming (even though there is no real scientific debate, only political debate) or why health care in the US is labeled as a “socialist agenda” – because corporations with more money than God are allowed to “market” opinions that make money for them, rather than being in the populace of the U.S.’ best interest.
There are a variety of populist movements involved in getting a Constitutional amendment rolling that would eliminate corporate personhood and help us reclaim our democracy. I invite everyone to do so: no matter what party or leaning you are from, you have less voice with this sort of ruling in force. Here’s one place to start: Democracy Unlimited for a nice little local group or a national organization here: Move To Amend.org.