Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States sent a little message home to those of us who thought we were living in the land of the free and the brave where every honest person who can get up and go to work in the morning has an equal shot at the brass ring. That’s true. One person, one vote and all that. It’s just that, now, if you have a lot of money, or if you work for a group or corporation willing to spend a lot of money to buy more than their share of equality, the door to that equality is wide open and the Supreme Court says “Come on in!” How equal are you? Depends on how much money you have doesn’t it? Thanks a lot Supreme Court!
During our recent presidential election campaign, one of the candidates said at a political rally that, “Corporations are people my friend!” Hell, he wasn’t a candidate, he was a prophet, and his words never had greater impact than they do today! For the Exxon’s, the Koch Brothers, Citizens United, even WalMart, our Congress has just turned into their private piggy bank and Jack and Jill Citizen have just been thrown into a fight they’ve tried to avoid for years and no longer can.
Campaign finance laws go back at least a hundred years when our government first became leery of large corporations and their ability to influence politicians. Fancy that huh? Later on in 1947, the Taft Hartley act was born in order to restrict influence peddling by large labor unions and other entities. Still later in 1971, the Federal Election Campaign Act was born so that all citizens great and small felt that their vote meant something and each had an equal slice of the pie in deciding Federal Elections. This week, the Supreme Court of the United States threw the whole thing out, opened the hen house door, and let the wolves in with the chickens!
1Timothy 6:10 said “For the Love of money is the root of all evil” and that’s never been truer than it is now. The big money monopolies who already own certain politicians are wielding their power and telling them where and how to reshape and suppress voting in their districts. How equal are you going to feel knowing that the slimy tentacles of the mega rich can reach into the smallest cracks of your city government, your city council, your school board, and yes, even your churches. No one is immune. Down through history it’s been proven time and again, no one escapes money’s insidious crawl and we’ve already had graphic examples right here in Colorado of what lust for money and power can bring.
Common sense in many areas, just as in gun control, is at present, among the missing. After the Sandy Hook massacre, the President and others made common sense proposals that might have curbed the growth of illegal gun ownership in the United States. No sooner had those proposals been made than the powerful NRA lobby with all their millions of dollars shouted down and intimidated any and all politicians (even had a couple of them recalled right here in Colorado) who had a counter proposal to offer.
Our Vets returning from two unnecessary wars are burdened and left untreated with a myriad of ailments by a VA that is understaffed and underfunded. This means that we now have a country full of mentally unstable veterans and a country full of loose weapons. It’s only a matter of time to see who will resort to gunfire if they’re pushed because, in their present condition, that’s what they know and understand. Another case of big money talks and the powerless public just listens.
That’s a short synopsis on the Supreme Court’s rape of our campaign finance laws and to tell the truth, it’s left me a little angry and disgusted. The only real weapon we have left against this mountain of financial power and might, is the right to vote and some states are trying to restrict that. I hope everyone gets out and uses their weapon wisely. Good luck!
As usual send me your comments and critiques. I’ll be sure to read them all and use them if I can.
Have a great week everybody,
Posted by All Around Seniors at 4/9/2014 3:00 AM