Posted by: r.m. | April 3, 2014

Democracy – governments for sale

In the US, the rich buy the government…

 

Yesterday’s devastating Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, aka Citizens United Round 2, further cements our plutocracy, thus “opening the floodgates for the nation’s wealthiest few to drown out the voices of the rest of us.”

In a boon to the role of big money in politics, the U.S. Supreme Court  struck down overall limits on the amount of money individuals can contribute to candidates, parties and political action committees during the federal two-year election cycle.

The decision left the cap of $2,600 per election that an individual can give to any single federal candidate but removed the limit on the grand total that can be contributed to all federal candidates.

The ruling means that a single person can write a $5.9 million check for expenditure by candidates, political parties and political committees, according to Public Citizen.

“This is truly a decision establishing plutocrat rights,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, slamming the ruling as a “devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Freedom of speech, in my view, does not mean the freedom to buy the United States government…What world are the five conservative Supreme Court justices living in? To equate the ability of billionaires to buy elections with ‘freedom of speech’ is totally absurd. The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process.”

Then this government-by-the-rich-and-for-the-rich in the US topples other governments around the world, all, of course, in the name of democracy and freedom and international law.

Meanwhile, in Lebanon, governments (local and foreign) buy votes (spending hundreds of millions of dollars).

So – democracy smells like cash, eh?

 


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