January 25, 2010

Justices Handing Over Country to Corporations?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Corporations can spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, a landmark decision denounced by President Barack Obama for giving special interests more power."

The recent 5- to - 4 Supreme Court ruling against the Corporate Campaign Spending Limit was food for thought. President Obama called it " a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies...that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans."

In the light of the current developments, we as voters have to be even more discretionary when casting our vote. We have to now sift through heavily funded propaganda before we can see the real platform, if any at all, of candidates standing for office. Radio/ TV advertisements, bill boards, and hoardings will reach new heights as elections approach. There will no doubt be a boom in the advertising business because now, thanks to the new Supreme Court ruling, Corporations and special interest groups will be able to make or break a political candidate due to their money power. The first affected party will be President Obama who can no longer afford to antagonize insurance companies and banks if he seeks a re election in 2012. His populist agenda on Health Care Reform has ruffled many a rich feather; the insurance and pharmaceutical lobby groups are already in a hyena like stance against him, waiting to pour money into an anti Obama campaign. With the recent Supreme Court ruling these corporations and lobby groups can now easily go after him. They can now manipulate public vote through aggressive and relentless advertising, and eventually be able to manipulate the policy making of our country by sending a 'bought candidate' into office.

It doesn't stop with health care; the 'war spending' could also now be dictated by the highest campaign spender; could well be a Halliburton. Our soldiers will continue dying in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other foreign soils because the Halliburtons of this country need war/oil in order to sell their ware; after all, death is but collateral damage in the pursuit of big money. Watch the increased frequency of patriotic advertising across the country; anything to lure young blood to the front lines because 'war' must go on, and corporations such as Halliburton will ensure it does by putting enormous amounts of money into campaigns of candidates who support their cause.

Here is how the Supreme Court Justices rejection read:
"When government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information, or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought...this is unlawful. The First Amendment confirms the freedom to think for ourselves." Justice Kennedy

Given that our Supreme Court Justices have placed innate faith in our ability to be an informed and discerning electorate, we voters better THINK hard, 'for ourselves', and past the voluminous and savvy media propaganda and send the right candidate to represent us.


Anonymous said...

Soon they will have a say in who should be the President. The election propoganda's will get murkier and to figure out who's saying truth will be a challenge. Socialism has just been thrown out of the window - state capital went to the corporation long time back, now the state itself is going to them :)

Smorg said...

I just about lost all my respect for John Roberts with this decision, bro. :o( To say that this ruling is shortsighted is to give too much credit to the 5 justices' sense of fair play and morality. :oP

I, too, hope that most people will be able to see the future political candidates and issues objectively without being persuaded by the money-driven repetitive propaganda.... but history isn't on our side, I think. :o(

I still remember how ridiculous it was when many of my friends bought George W Bush's claim to have solid evidence that Saddam Hussein had WMD simply because they heard him say it almost everyday for months (even though none could think of what the evidence were when pressed for details). Hopefully congress can come up with some commerce rules to minimize this ruling.... Keeping my fingers and toes crossed! :o)


EXSENO said...

I couldn't believe it. Very bad idea and now we are all stuck with the fact that they have far too much power. This was not a good ruling.

Georg said...

This court ruling reverberated even across the Atlantic because this is a kind of grave shovel for democracy.

On the other hand, the people voting can always change this. You could even outcast lobbying of any kind in any parliament.

Best wishes for this venture.