“I hope we shall crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge us to a trial of strength and to bid defiance to the laws of our country.” So wrote Thomas Jefferson on Nov. 12, 1816.
I don’t think he ever could have imagined that five, unelected black robed justices would one day deliver the democracy he helped birth into the hands of those corporations. The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision is looming larger and larger as quite possibly the straw that breaks the camels back and transforms our democracy into an oligarchy, the melding of government with a small group of uber wealthy individuals.
This small group of billionaires not only dares to defy our laws, they intend to buy hand picked politicians to do their bidding. Who do you think is paying for that river of vile mud pouring out of your TV or mail box? The big majority of that is being paid for by the deep pockets of anonymous, conservative donors who want to have a free hand to do what they want, whether it be pollute more lakes, spill more oil, ruin more economies for profit, or ship your job overseas or buy more politicians.
If they buy their way in November, and they very well may, you can bet that they will not let their elected vassels, be they Republican, tea party member or Democrat forget who owns them.