I’m DISGUSTED with all the money Democratic Party organizations and candidates and progressive groups now have to cravenly beg from me, to have a shot at making a showing in elections in this brave new Scalia/Citizens United world we’re forced to live in! I guess Repugs like him think it’s a fair clawback for the personal government assistance some of us need … nevermind the Corporate Wealthfare you KNOW they’re now pouring through the floodgates. That illegal, immoral ruling was “the mother of all Nuclear Options.” Apparently “limited government” only applies when the GOP is out of power, and “originalism” and “judicial activism” and “legislating from the Bench” only when they’re IN power.
Naturally, we can’t hope to win the money race against our own Corporations, most rich people, and corrupt government officials/politicians, which is exactly how Scalia et al. timed this unprecedented procedural power-grab, a coup d’etat under color of law.
What can we do?
Actually, “conservative” support for Corporations attacks the culture, family,* tradition, family farms, small towns, etc., so they should be with us in trying to oppose this new trend by somehow MAKING CORPS.’ MONEY IRRELEVANT.
(*–As theologian Stanley Hauerwas pointed out a generation ago.)
Florida once again highlights election farce. Especially this memorable line from Palm Beach’s election head: “‘The accuracy that the public in this country demands in elections does not exist,’ said Judge Barry Cohen, head of Palm Beach County’s canvassing board.” What’s so difficult: I cast my vote for a candidate, you count it. It isn’t quantum physics!If anybody invents an election method that complicates THAT, we must question their agenda — which of course they have, many times over!!!We really need to go back to simple hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public right at the polling place, like most of the voting world.
Palin meltdown: Said to be “going rogue,” which must be pretty bad given what we’ve seen from that campaign!!! Meanwhile, appearance of impropriety between Palin and that celebrated natural gas pipeline in Alaska; “that’s not a maverick, that’s a sidekick!” Stuff like this makes me wonder if this ticket isn’t just being offered up as a sacrificial lamb, and the GOP is just phoning it in for this election cycle, realizing that W. and cronies have got them in it up to their eyeballs. Why else would McCain forego all that rich Republican / corporate campaign cash, and be out-fundraised and outspent by a Black Democrat and all his small donors?!?!?! (Try as the MSM might to get McCain elected anyway…) Why would he just keep hammering the same tired slurs instead of campaigning imaginatively, creatively, with initiative? He’s even running against the ’60s and the ’40s?!!!
“Spread the wealth around”? If Repugs were really against redistribution of wealth, they’d support labor unions, welfare, monetary reform, and all other kinds of things. ‘Cause right now we’re redistributing it from the lower classes to the rich and corporations, and foreign investors and offshored workers!!!!!
One of their ads claims under Obama’s healthcare plan “bureaucrats will decide” what we get and when. This only shows how out of touch they are — and McCain, since he “approved this message” — because unless one gets his/her healthcare on a cash-and-carry basis, BUREAUCRATS ARE ALREADY DECIDING ON OUR HEALTHCARE!!!!! HMO and insurance company bean-counters who are paid to NOT pay for US!!!!! And if you’re on Medicaid or Medicare, also government bureaucrats, legislators, governors, President, corporate lobbyists, etc etc etc. This is the problem with what Orthodox Christian Holy Tradition alludes to as Mercenary medicine, ie, profiteering — profiting from people’s illness, injuries, bad luck, victimization, etc. What a sin.