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It is a jarring morning.

At the request of the Republican National Committee and it's Chairman Reince Priebus, the Supreme Court of the United States sworn to uphold the Constitution just made a mockery of the First Amendment by overturning limits in how many candidates an individual donor can contribute to. And Chief Justice John Roberts said they ruled on First Amendment grounds.

The Constitution is being shredded with impunity.

It is now the law of the land that money can buy politics.

House Speaker John Boehner said that we are free to write what we want and they are free to spend all the money they want.

This means that the Koch Boys and Sheldon Adelson can spend all they want on tv and radio ads, but also can contribute directly to the coffers of as many campaigns as they want to.

The Congress is a horrible, tragic joke. The Supreme Court is a horrible, tragic joke.

Let us at least be honest with ourselves. We no longer live in a democracy. This is a bridge too far. We live in a plutocracy where the rights of average citizens no longer mean anything because money prevails.

And Ol Charley Koch is complaining loudly that he is tired of "collectivists" like us calling him UN-American.  Well now Ol Charley Koch is in good company. The Congress is un-American and the Supreme Court is UN-American.

And the United States is trampling on its own people and, therefore, has no legitimacy to lecture any other nation on democracy.

Yes, you will still be able to vote, but your choices will be slimmer and slimmer. We will still be able to speak and write, but we will be drowned out in the public square by big money ads. Our nights of collective action have already been eviscerated in the workplace and are being eviscerated in the streets.

Let us be clear. We can no longer be called a nation of laws, because the foundation of all our laws has been mocked and shredded.

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  •  1) The limit wasn't the NUMBER of candidates (5+ / 0-)

    one could contribute to -- it was the total amount of money one could contribute.  If I gave each one $1, I could give money to a LOT of candidates.

    2) The entire argument that $$$=speech fundamentally undermines anyone who has less $$$.  e.g. bye-bye Democracy.  Heck, bye-bye Republic, because the 'representatives' will represent the $$$.

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:48:26 PM PDT

  •  And... (3+ / 0-) the meantime, water is wet, sky is blue, and the CIA, DEA, Federal, State, and local LEO's, the private prison industry, the Oligarchs, the "Media" and the war-freaks among many other institutions have conspired to shred the Constitution since the 1950's.

    Now they have positioned themselves to codify the stripping of our rights. Until we rise en masse to forefend this, we are doomed to Third-World status.

    Organize. Vote. Now. It's almost too late.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 01:28:21 PM PDT

    •  To the Right, the 2nd Amendment IS (2+ / 0-)
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      AJayne, CanisMaximus

      the constitution.  Everything else is up for revision or revocation.

      Cracks me up that these Right Wing lunatics walk around with the Constitution in their breast pocket like some sort of religious document.  Which they are actively working to dismantle.  No sense of irony whatsoever.

  •  Not sure this specific change means alot (2+ / 0-)
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    AJayne, MyLifeInKenya

    as any given district would not know the difference.

    Now, if the actual limit were removed, oh brother.

    I try to repeat this whenever the subject comes up:

    The REAL solution is a campaign finance reform that Congress can implement that is 100% Constitutional.

    100% public campaign finance with an OPT-OUT clause. You may take public money, amounts, etc determined by non-partisan committee OR you can go it alone and stick to private campaign donations ... WITHOUT LIMIT.

    The way the SCOTUS is going, the "arbitrary" $2600 could be deemed a 1st Amendment violation as it is.

    We remove the donation limit, and allow private r corporate donations, unlimited... except they must be REPORTED. Complete transparency is required in the public interest to avoid corruption.

    The Kicker: If you opt out, your public financed opponents will receive 100% MATCHING FUNDS from the US Treasury. You can raise all the $$ you want, Koch's and Adelsons and Waltons and Exxon can give you $1 BILLION each, but your opponent will get the same $Billions from the Treasury.

    This completely neutralizes the private/corporate money. They won't bother to contribute any longer because it simply won't accomplish what they want, which was to CORRUPT politics.

    All, 100% perfectly Constitutional. Now getting Republican shitheads in Congress to go along with "reform" is unlikely, but this is something that can be a big stick to propose and then WHACK republicans over the head with ... highlighting their corruption and opposition to ending corruption, the kind of meat you can run a campaign on!

  •  What is new and important (0+ / 0-)

    is there is no external threat to blame and the other side is not just violating the Constitution, it is making law of violating the Constitution. That is something we can talk to folks about.
    Also, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case we wrote about said, "I wanted to give to more candidates." The case was about how many candidates the fabulously wealthy can give to.


    by StewartAcuff on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 06:05:57 AM PDT

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