The Wolfman Institute of Rational Thinking Presents: "Justice for Sale"

~An investigation into how campaign cash is corrupting America's courts~
February 19, 2010
BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the Journal. That famous definition of a cynic as someone who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing has come to define this present moment of American politics. The power of money drives cynicism into the heart of all levels of government. Everything — and everyone — comes with a price tag attached; from a seat at the table in the White House to a seat in Congress to the fate of health care reform, our environment and efforts to hold Wall Street accountable.

On the right and the left and in the vast middle more and more Americans doubt that representative democracy can survive this corruption of money.

Last month, the Supreme Court carried cynicism to new heights with its decision in the Citizens United case. A case, you will recall, spun from a legal dispute over the airing on a pay-per-view channel of a documentary attacking Hillary Clinton. The decision could have been made very narrowly. Instead, the conservative majority of five judges issued a sweeping opinion that greatly expands corporate power over our politics.

Since then, in at least two separate polls an overwhelming majority of Americans say they want no part of the court's decision; they want even more limits on the power of money in elections. But candidates, special interests, and their campaign consultants are gearing up to exploit the court's gift in the fall elections. Media outlets are licking their chops at the prospect of all that extra money spent on buying airtime.

Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)

Cry, piss, and moan...

The liberal bizzaro world...where terrorists are protected by the bill of rights...

Yet an American business has no free speech...

Note the money will go to the same media that Dogboy was crying about yesterday...that he will cry about tomorrow....


Rinse, repeat...

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

"Out To Lunch".

Election 2010 to Shatter Spending Records as Republicans Benefit from Late Cash Surge
By Communications on October 27, 2010
Quote from article:
“We knew this election could make spending history, but the rate of growth is stunning,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics and its website, “This kind of money in 2010 makes the 2000 presidential election – hardly a distant memory – look like a bargain at $3.1 billion. And tens of millions of dollars of it is now coming from organizations who, by law, need not disclose their donors. It’s now more difficult than ever for voters to determine whether the outside groups flooding their television and radio airwaves with political messages are doing so for any reason other than promoting their own, narrow set of special interests.”
"Republicans have more quickly adapted to this new campaign finance landscape ahead of an election in which they’re angling to recapture the U.S. House of Representatives, if not the U.S. Senate, too. And their potential success at the polls may result in a marked shift in federal policy, painting the U.S. Capitol a bright shade of red after four years tinged with blue.
Identifiably conservative organizations are spending more than $2 on advertisements and other communications for every $1 liberal organizations do. While corporations are behind much of this money, many of these companies have skirted public scrutiny by laundering their cash through intermediary organizations, which often sport nondescript names and don’t immediately, if ever, reveal who funds them"

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.