Are We Turning Into an Oligarchy? (Our Fall From Democracy)

By admin ~ February 6th, 2011 @ 9:40 am

Of all the issues that have left me in shock in the realm of U.S. politics over the last couple of months, nothing was worse than the decision this past week by the Supreme Court. It overruled the long standing precedent of the limitations of corporations and unions giving to advertisement to support political candidates. Essentially, corporations can give whatever they want to political advertisement, because in some way the conservative judges say this is their “freedom of speech”. While they can skew it any way that they would like, this decision is disastrous to the health of a democracy. The rich and powerful will gain even more and more control, and the common man will be left with nothing.

Do you understand what this entails? The corruption that is already rampant in politics has essentially become legalized. We already know that congressman won’t stand up to the banks, health insurance companies, oil companies, etc, because of the benefits they receive from them. However, now it just allows these groups even more power in the government. A few years ago, Senator Feingold of Wisconsin and former Republican Candidate McCain understood the danger of the stockholders, CEO’s, and greed overcoming the voice of the people, so they helped to restrict the power of these groups in regards to political financing. However, these 5 judges who have voted this reversal of long standing precedents are essentially selling out the democracy to special interests. I don’t care if you are Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal, this is outrageous. Maybe this is a test if movements such as the Tea Party are actual populist movements (which would be outraged by this bill) or an extension of the Republican Party (in which they will not be, because it will support their interests).

If we continue down this path, I don’t know what the health of democracy will be in 20 years. The gap between rich and poor will continue to skyrocket. The helpless and defenseless will be left without a voice. We will continue to decline in education, and the actual physical health of the nation will be at an abysmal level. I hope the congress comes and finds a bill to replace this outrageous ruling, before our Republic simply becomes a corrupt Oligarchy guised in the form of a democracy.

Edward Dolling made an interesting point, “The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first, the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.” (1941)

It is time for the common man to stand up and declare their individual voice; otherwise democracy will be nothing but a fa?ade for the rich and powerful to take more and more control.

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