In a 5 to 4 decision the Supreme Court of the United States has turned their back on the fundamental nature of democracy, free speech. The ruling, that our government may not control political spending by corporations in candidate elections, makes a complete mockery of our electoral system. Your vote is now for sale to the highest (corporate) bidder.
Tragedy of Justice
“If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.”
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority opinion.
The idea that money = speech is one of the most absurd notions to ever be put forward in a just, honorable and equitable society. Just as absurd is the notion that corporations are people. They never have been (despite court rulings to the contrary) and never will be. Individual rights, sadly, continue to be destroyed by corporations. We the people are big losers in this deplorable decision.
“Ignoring important principles of judicial restraint and respect for precedent, the Court has given corporate money a breathtaking new role in federal campaigns.”
Senator Russ Feingold, an author of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.
The position that corporations are people, and thus assume the rights of an individual, was never written into the United States Constitution, as that was not the intention of our Founding Fathers! Our system of one person, one vote has been eroded for decades by the influence of corporations and lobbyists, and this landmark decision will further compromise the voice of the people.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
The Supreme Court has updated our Constitution: We the Corporations of the United States…
Let’s be clear on one point, corporations should have the ability to express their opinion, to state their views in a public forum, but that has absolutely no relation to donating money to a political campaign.
Once again, money does not equal free speech, and corporations are not people.
But here is the ultimate irony of it all. Virtually every penny that a corporation earns comes from us. That money is then used to elect politicians that will serve the interests of these corporations while ignoring the desires of the American people. We are funding the destruction of our own democracy… it’s as though the Supreme Court is forcing us to poison ourselves, and pay the bill.
Justices Disgracing Democracy
- John G. Roberts (Chief Justice)
- Samuel Alito
- Antonin Scalia
- Anthony Kennedy
- Clarence Thomas
Justices Honoring “We The People”
- John Paul Stevens
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Stephen Breyer
- Sonia Sotomayor
This is a sad day for America, and for the hopes of democracy around the world!