Sad and miserable beyond words.
More than enough to make a grand lady weep.
If things weren't already bad enough, now the Supreme Court has just slam-dunked its approval for an even more thorough corporate whoring of our political process.
"The most radical and destructive campaign-finance decision in the history of the Supreme Court," said Fred Worthheimer, president of Democracy 21, about the court's decision last Thursday striking down a major portion of a campaign finance reform law.
"It returns us to the days of the robber barons," said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause.
As if we weren't there already, Bob, with the scandalous plundering of our strained treasury by Wall Street's crooked, insatiably greedy oligarchy.
President Obama said it best, commenting this was a “major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”
And just wouldn't you know it--that House of Sleaze called the Republican Party just looooved it!
But why not? All five gowned cretins that made the majority vote were, that's right, exclusive gifts of that democracy-nurishing GOP:
* Justice Kennedy: Appointed by Ronald Reagan.
* Justice Roberts: Appointed by George W. Bush.
* Justice Alito: Appointed by George W. Bush.
* Justice Scalia: Appointed by Ronald Reagan.
* Justice Thomas: Appointed by George H. W. Bush.
Thanks so much, fellahs.
Scalia, it must be said, appears much better suited to run the Gambino Family, considering his gangsterish opinions on civil liberties.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was ecstatic, calling this “monumental,” while Texas Sen. John Cornyn crowed, “These are the bedrock principles that underpin our system of governance and strengthen our democracy.”
Oh, yes of course, Johnny. I imagine you're salivating all over yourself at the thought of how much more corporate largesse will be flowing into your deep pockets.
All in the cause of "strengthening our democracy," along with all those bulging CEO stock porfolios.
Run along now to the Crawford ranch, Cronyn, and pound down a few beers with your Texas crony, Dubya, who's guilty (among other things) of installing some of those lame brain justices on the High Court. The two of you can reminisce about the good ol' days when the Oval Office phone had a forest of corporate speed dials.
As always, the Daily Show's Jon Stewart had a stupendous take on this sorry spectacle, which at the minimum blesses us with laughs to dry away the tears.
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Say it loud: "We Will Survive." Many times.