Thursday, January 21, 2010

It's 2010. And 1984.

The legacy of the Bush administration—its Supreme Court appointees—reared its ugly head today and removed the final barrier standing between corporations and complete control of the United States of America.

By declaring that limits on the amount of money corporations could spend on political campaigns were a violation of their first amendment rights, all limits were removed in a five to four decision announced this afternoon by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Tea-baggers should be dancing in the street. The government they despise will soon exist in name only. The government that so rudely butted into their lives by regulating greedy and irresponsible corporations, establishing schools that educated their children, and which provided state-funded care for their elderly and ill is gone.

To say nothing of that which maintained the pesky inconvenience known as democracy.

In its place will be a corporate state revolving around the pure and unfettered free-market capitalism Republicans—tea-stained or not—have been ruining mattresses over for decades.

I stand in awe.

But I have questions. That is, if it’s still okay to ask them.

Number one: Exactly when did corporations become people? And in this world of no-holds-barred corporate rule, how long it will be before corporations decide that paid vacations are an unnecessary intrusion into their profit margins?

How long it will be before corporations opine that health insurance is a waste of valuable capital? And tell me how long it will be before wages are deemed a needless extravagance now that a glutinous, self-centered entity like business wields utter and complete control?

How long will it be before corporations tell you who to vote for? And that what remains of your job depends on your compliance? Do you really believe business wouldn't go that far?

Why?

Say hello to 1984, my friends. Only big brother will be Halliburton—not the Party.

I am made speechless by this decision.

Have we learned nothing by the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which let the slobbering pigs in our financial and banking sectors free to do whatever they wished, with our gutted carcass of an economy the result?

Left unchallenged, this is the beginning of the end.

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