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“corporate limits on campaign spending a form of censorship.” — quote.

the ghost of dubya bush strikes again: some­thing passed last week that’s prob­a­bly going to destroy whatever’s left of fox-dominated amer­i­can democ­racy. for the aver­age amer­i­can cit­i­zen, anyway.

with the appoint­ments of alito and roberts (with his dad’s con­tri­bu­tion of thomas), a 5–4 deci­sion by the supreme court is now allow­ing unlim­ited cor­po­rate cam­paign spend­ing.  con­cerned amer­i­cans should be pissed — your country’s top judges basi­cally just over­threw about a 100 years worth of leg­is­la­tion pro­tect­ing the aver­age voter and gov­ern­ment from bla­tant cor­po­rate interests.

when the major­ity deci­sion was released, the judges actu­ally defended it by invok­ing the first amend­ment, and that curb­ing cor­po­rate spend­ing in elec­tions is uncon­sti­tu­tional and a form of cen­sor­ship. brilliant.

there’s already a huge air of cyn­i­cism when it comes to elec­toral pol­i­tics — dis­in­for­ma­tion via media, spin, what­ever. and peo­ple who thought that elec­tions are bought now, well… i think it’s safe to say that you’ve seen noth­ing yet.

this has its roots in cor­po­rate law and how the law sees a cor­po­rate entity as hav­ing the same rights as an indi­vid­ual. just absolutely bru­tal. in stark irony, there are still cam­paign dona­tion lim­its on reg­u­lar people.

not unex­pected, the cor­po­rate news enti­ties haven’t really made this a big deal. i won­der why.

2012 will be inter­est­ing. for rea­sons aside from the total destruc­tion of civ­i­liza­tion and the world as we know it.

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9 thoughts on ““corporate limits on campaign spending a form of censorship.” — quote.

    • haha, i don’t think many people really care up here either.

      this journal has been running so long, it’s got pretty good pagerank on google so in case anyone is interested, i like to write up stuff i can categorize as “somewhat important”.

      i am not surprised this passed… bush’s appointments of alito and roberts to the bench had me thinking the reversal of wade/roe, but this is up there. kinda like how it snuck in with everyone paying attention to healthcare reform and a tanking economy.

      i do appreciate obama finally showing some balls by calling bullshit on it in his state of the union, though.

    • Obama’s SOTU was kind of milquetoast, I thought. I was also surprised that he didn’t really talk about the much hyped up spending freeze considering media was reporting it would apply to EDUCATION. (You fucking kidding me?) I really wanted to like him–I had voted for him–and there are certain things that he symbolizes that are great, but at this point I’m dubious that there’s a really functional difference between ANY of these folks.

      By the way, if you want to check something out.. http://veegee.tumblr.com/

    • yeah, no doubt. there really wasn’t much to get excited about in it. the “standoff” against the house GOP had its moments though.

      overall, i agree. obama’s been a disappointment. i think it’s safe to say that when he talks about cooperation/bipartisanship, he actually means pandering. there’s a large, young, energetic electorate who are starting to realize this and getting disillusioned. and it goes beyond having “super high expectations”. like you said, he’s done little to differentiate himself from his predecessor.

      is this your other blog? (the header logo gives it away) i’ve only read the first few articles. but i like it a lot. very professional. i added it to my reader.

    • This is my only blog, actually. I don’t use livejournal anymore except to comment and participate in picturingfood and topmodel haha. Thank you! I’m glad you like the writing and the professionalism, haha. By the way you are catching me in a particularly good mood today–this afternoon I was offered admission to a PhD program in sociology. Who would have thought, eh? :)

    • that makes sense. i remember a while back, i left a comment in your dormant lj wondering if you disappeared.

      i’ve always liked your writing. you’ve always been a talented writer. i could even smell it even off of your slice-of-life tidbits for got knows how long now. you have such a sober, cohesive style. really easy to read. it also helps that my interests intersect quite often with the subject material in your blog.

      and congrats on the admission. but just so you know, in my eyes, you’re already more-than-prime wife material, so all this achievement stuff is totally unnecessary.

    • You are really being very good with the compliments today. Keep em coming! But on a serious note, your last comment reminds me how little I have updated you about my life. I actually have been living with a dude for the past 3 years (again, who would have thunk). I am pretty sure the last time we were spoke on AIM (which I don’t use anymore) I was complaining about hipster douchebags. Less angst = good!

    • yeah, the last time we talked on aim, i am almost certain you were still single, so it’s definitely been a while.

      i’m not surprised you’re hitched though. it was only a matter of time. of course, i lay the blame geography for this heartbreaking predicament.

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