time ticking away to 1/20/09

               So let me get this straight. The President didn’t think the court was fair with Scooter so he commuted the former employee’s sentence. But the convicted felony charge stands and Scooter has to pay the fine and carry a felony conviction with him the rest of his life. Not bad for lying to Congress. But then again he probably wasn’t going to vote Republican anymore; awful hard getting into that voting booth with such a big knife sticking out of your back. He can also return the Chevy Chase SNL video to the library on how to take a fall as well as return his good service Timex watch that up till last year had been taking a good licking but finally quit ticking. 

            To make the week that much more interesting, the Supreme Court not to be outdone, has shown its true colors and headed, “to the right-o big-o time-o” as my Spanish speaking polish neighbor would say. I didn’t mind this courts work so far but wow, they really kicked it up a notch with this set of rulings.  The crème de la crème decision of course being to allow any corporations registered here in the US of A to use shareholder money to advertise against or for the corporations chosen candidates. Think about that for a second. Corporations are multinational. A French company could if it wanted too, weigh in with serious funding in support of a candidate they like. Suddenly your vote just got smaller!   

            As most of you know, corporations are people; they have been since the Supreme Court made them so in the late 1800’s.  Not facsimiles of them, not representatives of them, but actually law abiding, voting, breathing people. It only makes sense they should be able to vote! So what corporation in its right mind is not going to really be looking at exercising its right to speak out now? I mean before they used to have to play both sides of the fence. Supporting both candidates in case the electorate threw a monkey wrench into their boardroom plans.  Well, your opinion is about to get a Madison Avenue pat on the back. I mean after all if you thought campaign funding was out of hand before, allowing boardrooms to vote for their own legislators will make it virtually impossible for anyone to get into government who doesn’t serve the corporations wishes. I’m sure you won’t be swayed by that fancy advertising you are about to see; but advertising works, and any issue placed in the hands of professional ad men can be made to slant anyway they want it to. 


            A candidate properly supported by a company as large as Wall Mart, General Electric, Archer Daniels, or any of the other biggies has got to have a heads-up on the running. And while the rules for who is liable for what might be said are still up in the air, you can bet this first election next year will be a downright free for all at the cash register.    


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