As of today, unless Congress finds the courage and the will to push back against the Supreme Court, you now live, for all intents and purposes, in the Corporations of America Unlimited®.
Your rights as an individual citizen of the country previously known as the United States of America are now irrelevant. Those rights you had will now be doled out to you by those who sit in the board rooms of the World’s biggest corporations, no longer by the now defunct Constitution of the United States and the Congress.
Your right to free speech, the expectation that your voice actually counts in political discourse and that your expression of that will be heard by your elected representatives, is now an endangered species.
If you were among those angry anti-government populace that wanted to vote out all the incumbents you may now sleep soundly with the assurance you have achieved your goal, not by voting out the crooks, but by ceding all their authority to the Corporations of America, now the only citizens with true voice and power.
Did I mean to say “citizens”? Yes. They have the same rights as you do, as an “organizational person” who may now use all their resources of finances and lobbying voice to rule the Corporations of America Unlimited®. They have now all the same rights you used to have. And they can use those rights to ensure that the rights you have are only the ones that ensure their profits have no limitations, and their ability to influence the congressional pawns they support do their bidding is unencumbered.
We are no longer free. We are owned. Does that mean we are slaves? No, but we are serfs, or will be in a matter of time.
My guess is this outcome is not what the Republicans, neo-cons, and the Tea Baggers had in mind when they shouted “Give us back our country.”
They got something different. They got a brand new country. Only it does not belong to us. It belongs to the Corporations who now may use their money and influence to get everything they pay for.
Is this true? Well, the Supreme Court part of it is. The corporations won their case. What happens in real life remains to be seen. If the worst turns out to be true, then we’ll need a new flag and national anthem.
Are you aware this is all so a conservative activist can show his film:
David Bossie, the conservative activist who brought the case to defend his campaign-season promotion of the documentary “Hillary: The Movie,” said he was looking forward to rolling out his next film in time for the midterm elections.
Titled “Generation Zero,” the movie features the television host Lou Dobbs and lays much of the blame for the recent financial collapse on the Democrats.
“Now we have a free hand to let people know it exists,” Mr. Bossie said. Source: The New York Times.
The always controversial Noam Chomsky made this all too astute observation:
The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations (Emphasis added).
Are you proud to be CAU’D™?
Post Script: I looked up CAU’D, to be sure I was not violating an established organization or a copyrighted set of initials. To my surprise and cynical delight, Wikipedia provided this link:
Caudal (Latin – caud(a), tail): of, at, or near the tail or the posterior end of the body. In the human case, towards the bottom of the feet.