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ELECTIONS: Supreme Court pronounces us an oligarchy

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on April 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm with No Comments »
April 4, 2014 12:08 pm

Re: “High court ruling lifts lid on campaign donations” (TNT, 4-3).

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow virtually unlimited campaign donations by the rich, this nation officially pronounced itself an oligarchy. Now we have a government owned and operated by a few private citizens whose corporations the court regards as “persons,” whose money the court regards as “speech.” We have lost our democracy.

These elites and their congressional shills aim to dismantle the progressive reforms of both Roosevelts, Kennedy and Johnson civil rights legislation, and the Great Society programs. They turn both working and middle classes into their corporate serfs and debt slaves. And they are aided by Reaganomic Democrats like Bill Clinton, who deregulated the banks, outsourced American labor and turned the media into a cartel for corporate propaganda.

Upon election, Barack Obama installed the same Clinton banksters in his cabinet. Next in line for the White House: Clinton’s wife, the senator from Goldman Sachs.

For too long, liberals have voted for “the lesser of two evils,” the very trick that allowed the Democratic Party to move further and further to the right, where the corporate money is. There is no left left. We now have one party with two faces, both bowing to big pharma, big banks, big oil, the health insurance monopoly and the arms merchants.

The only hope for American democracy is a mandate for publicly funded elections. Until such a law is passed, why vote either Republican or Republican Lite?

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