Supreme Court: “Bribery Is Good”
The Supreme Court has just made an Earth-shattering decision. It’s unthinkable. Suddenly, it’s OK for trillion-dollar corporations to start pouring money into political campaigns. What will this mean??
This Supreme Court ruling is causing some unimaginable, horrifying visions of America’s political future. Just try to picture this nightmare:
Large corporations and wealthy individuals might be single-handedly deciding who gets sent to Congress and the White House. Sure, it would still be an “election,” technically at least. But with wealthy organizations funneling billions of dollars to the candidates they want, America could turn into an oligarchy. A corporatocracy.
And the laws that Congress passes would no longer be based on what the public wants. There’ll still be opinion polls, and people could still send letters or e-mails to their congressional “representatives.”
But picture this: a congressman finds out that 90% of his constituents are in favor of a certain bill. Then this same congressman gets a million-dollar “campaign contribution” from somebody who’s against that same bill. Guess how your “representative” is going to vote.
Now: multiply that scenario by several hundred — thousands even — and a horrifying image will appear. A nightmare! Are you picturing this??? Without trying to be too blunt or too pessimistic: our entire government could be hijacked — taken over! — by a handful of large companies and wealthy individuals. These millionaires’ “campaign contributions” will determine who gets “elected” and which laws are passed.
Millions of people will probably continue to vote in national elections, and they’ll probably feel like they’re actually participating; playing a role in our political process. But there’ll be this creeping, growing sense that voting is just a charade; that they’re just going through the motions. Eventually, fewer people will even bother to vote. More and more people will have this sinking feeling of “why bother” — that their vote just doesn’t matter any more.
This is absolutely unthinkable!!!
Yes, this means — no sense trying to sugarcoat it — that our current system, the political landscape we all know and love, will no longer exist. No longer will elections be won or lost according to which candidate is more intelligent and has better ideas. No longer will the public interest have anything to do with which laws get passed. These decisions will all be made by a few well-placed bribes and multi-billion-dollar advertising campaigns.
Say it isn’t so!