The usual suspects

The biggest bitch in contemporary American politics is the money.  The filthy lucre grows the machine.  Mucus and puss in it’s wake as it slogs toward inevitable conclusions.  Blistered and listing, it creeps with the powerful momentum of a slow swinging, giant iron gate on it’s way to slamming shut.

Inevitability is acrid in the thinking person’s nostrils.  Like brimstone.

Ha!

The 5 to 4 SCOTUS decision today is a fundamental betrayal of the 1st amendment in that it severely compromises an individual’s voice, right and access to free speech.  A seemingly venal verdict that in due course, will prove to be as cloying and stifling to the opinion and intention of everyman as any opinion yet rendered by the highest court in the land.

One impetus for the First Amendment was to protect the individual in the face of a collective.  The majority does not automatically rule.  Back then it was to discourage mobs of idiots.  Pretty much the same thing these days.

Are we not yet enough of a plutocracy?  Avarice and lust for power have not already eclipsed the voice of the individual enough?  What new devilry is this?

We are not men.  We are Devo.

Chief Justice John Roberts…..in his own separate opinion, said that upholding the limits would have restrained “the vibrant public discourse that is at the foundation of our democracy.” -CNN Ed Rollins.

I’m calling bullshit on that and if Roberts is sincere he’s a goddamn fool.  It doesn’t take a genius to understand what unrestricted, unregulated spending and therefore influence by humongous lobbies and corporate conglomerates will have on truthful discourse in this country.  One need look for proof as near to hand as any election within the last few months.  Money walks.  Bullshit talks.

This is exponentially worse.

What we have here is a wedding in hell.  The groom is bullshit and the bride is money.  The offspring are of quid pro quo corruption.

Truth is relegated to cleaning up for the funeral scheduled for the next day.  Then Truth will take a sick day.  Truth will be on holiday.

Care to guess how the vote fell?  Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy and of course, the ever pompous Scalia, all voted in favor of taking away your last bits of clothing in a shitstorm.

We can impeach a Supreme Court justice can’t we?  Let’s start with the Boy Scouts.

“Government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker’s corporate identity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the 57-page majority opinion. “No sufficient governmental interest justifies limits on the political speech of nonprofit or for-profit corporations.” -The Christian Science Monitor

Fuck that.  Not based on it’s identity, but on the basis of identities who bring undue influence and advantage to bear on both process and individuals via media saturation because they’re loaded.  It amounts to the brainwashing of the great unwashed.  Trickle down stupidity.

I prefer to scrub the brain.  I most like to spank it.

Chuck Schumer:  “The bottom line is this: The Supreme Court has just pre-determined the winners of next November’s elections,” Schumer said. “It won’t be Republicans, it won’t be Democrats, it will be corporate America.” -the Hill.com

President Obama called it “a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.” -The New York Times.

“Joined by the other three members of the court’s liberal wing, Justice Stevens said the majority had committed a grave error in treating corporate speech the same as that of human beings……….. “The difference between selling a vote and selling access is a matter of degree, not kind,” Justice Stevens wrote. “And selling access is not qualitatively different from giving special preference to those who spent money on one’s behalf.” -The New York Times.

Stevens pretty much nails it there.

Unconscionable.

Drinks for my friends.

24 Responses to “The usual suspects”

  • Msss...T:

    Thank you. I’ve often believed you would have been a hell of an attorney. It’s not to late, hell if you was in CA, the state would even help finance, and pay for it. You could start by taking online classes you just… go dude!

  • Teresa:

    Boy, that was a lot to swallow! 😉

  • Dow:

    I guess it’s time to polish up my resume for a job with GE.

  • admin:

    @Msss…T:
    My girlfriend is an attorney and she says the same thing.

  • admin:

    @Teresa:
    There’s a lot of ways I could go with this.

  • admin:

    @Dow:
    You probably already work for them, you just don’t know it.

  • Julia:

    Awesome as always Michael, right on bro!!!! ;-))

  • admin:

    Why thank you my dear 🙂

  • Kim:

    I vote for impeachment as well.

    It’s absolutely shameful what they have done. They have without a doubt just “screwed the pooch” as you like to say.

  • admin:

    Thanks Kim. Haven’t heard from you in awhile.

  • Zoidie:

    A FB connection pointed me to this article. Great piece. Sickened by the decision. Mahalo.

  • I saw on the internet that Haiti is without a government. To help out, I am donating one Obama, one Pelosi, one Reid, one Frank, one Coakley and two Clintons! They may keep them permanently! I’d give them a constitution; but I can’t find mine right now! ~~~ Status borrowed from a friend. . . keep it going!

  • admin:

    @Zoidie:
    Thanks. Keep reading.

  • admin:

    @Lu Lu Whoppers:
    Yep two Clintons. They need all the help they can get.

  • Big John:

    One more nail in the coffin!

  • admin:

    Help yourself John. Illuminate us.

  • Red Five:

    @lulu whoppers:
    How’s about we send them one Bush, one Cheney, a Rumsfeld and a Wolfowitz? It’s about time Haiti got over the scars of colonialism and got into the Imperialism game!

    I got that stupid status update from a “friend” of mine last night, and after watching not one but two pbs documentaries on the deficit, one on Iraq, and reading a book on the human slave trade I couldn’t believe that people like you still can’t see the truth of what’s been going on the past ten years.

    So, yeah, let’s oust the people who are trying to clean up the mess. They aren’t doing it fast enough for you? I know, I wish they could fix the budget crisis as fast as the Bush administration fucked it up, too.

    Pissed off about aid to Haiti? I know, maybe we should have invaded THEM for no reason. Wouldn’t have any reason to bitch then.

    Fucking Republicans. I’ve had more intelligent conversations with my Dachsund.

  • Red Five:

    @ admin:
    Sorry, had to vent a bit. As always great stuff, keep it coming!

  • admin:

    Venting is what we’re here for…..

  • chandra Kinney:

    You hit it right on the head, we now become corporate america and the hell with the people of this supposedly great nation. I say impeach those idiot on the supreme court, especially Roberts. What happened to democracy and the rights of the people. We vote to put people in government thinking that they are working for the american public and doing what is right for us. Instead they have their own agendas and it is who can kiss each others asses and what can I get for it.

  • Kim:

    I’ve been reading. I just haven’t commented in awhile. Looks like you’re getting more traffic since you went on FB. That’s good.

  • admin:

    It’s true I am……..thanks for reading.

  • Misty:

    During the Roman Empire, the slaves they kept were allowed to learn things like music, & engineering but only the free people could learn things like philosophy, liturature, and history. That way it prevented the slaves the ablility to learn how to present arguments, that might cause them to unite. They didn’t want any body except the free people to learn the art of persuasion! In Latin, libre means free. Liberal arts, is the ability to persuade. Read about (Fred Hampton), then you will know, to speak quietly, and to not tread on free ground, were one does not belong!
    The liberals of the sixties are dying off, I don’t know, 45 yrs old, is still young enough to learn new things, and begin again. By 55 your kind of shot, trying to keep your pants suspended upon your belly! Should I live so long?

  • admin:

    Be more specific. What free ground am I on?

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