Tuesday, February 07, 2012

"Corporations Are NOT People and Money Is not Speech!" and "Get Corporate Money Out of Our Democracy" have been the theme of demonstration after demonstration during January and February. Although aimed largely at Republicans in general, the 1% in the "1% vs. 99%" posters on signs in demonstrations throughout the country, the 1% might well be 0.001% when it comes to Mitt Romney and his SuperPacs.

Add to that the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (Jan. 21, 2010), a bitterly divided Supreme Court overturned a century of established precedent by ruling that corporate spending on candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment. (In case you wondered where these SuperPacs originated ...)

In so doing, Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito, and Kennedy effectively declared that corporations are indistinguishable from people with respect to federal law and the U.S. Constitution. As a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations and billionaires can spend unlimited sums of money, without disclosure, in political campaigns. As "people," corporations fell well within the 1% bracket.

Then add to that miscarriage of American justice, Romney's own lips mouthing such fodder as "I like to fire people!" and "You wanna bet $10,000?" and "I don't care about the very poor people ..." ... plus too many to count, we have gotten to the point where Rick Santorum might very well be on the side of the 99% before the end of the day with his strength finally beginning to show signs of life in Missouri and Minnesota.

For starters, just his being on the side of Jesus Christ of Nazareth across from the likes of Joseph Smith Jr., Moroni (who's he?), Brigham Young and other Mormon High Priests and Bishops (of which Mitt Romney was one at that rank in his church prior to his running for President) surely puts him (Rick Santorum with his sleeveless sweaters) with the 99%'ers. As I recall, Jesus had to borrow a denari to make one of his points as he constantly fought the 1%'ers (the Pharisees) in his day.

Anyway, we'll finally get to see whether 1% tops 99% or vice versa in some interesting contests this evening.

The question to be answered is: "Will our democracy (and men like Barack Obama and Rick Santorum) survive in which ordinary followers of Jesus Christ can control their future? Or will "democracy" simply become another commodity owned and controlled by billionaires and corporations in order to serve you-know-who's purposes?"

The 99% say NO!"


At 5:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any room allowable for those who don't profess any faith in miracles and legends but merely in the hope that people will be considerate to one another? Waving the Book of Mormon and railing at golden tablets seems as rooted in reason as shaking a cross and touting resurrection. Maybe the key is to shout more about the golden rule than to focus on who purportedly laid it down.

At 5:46 PM, Blogger Dr. Joe said...

I do indeed tout a Resurrection, but don't wave a cross in your face (whoever you are). I do suggest picking up a Christian Bible and turn to the Gospel of John for starters.


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