The Smell of Dying Democracy in Fascist America

DemocracyBy Abel Tomlinson

Do you have a nose? Those with informed noses can smell what our rulers are cooking in the political kitchen of America. What are we having for dinner today? Thanks to the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, it most certainly is not a Thanksgiving feast of wholesome democracy pie. Our political masters are barbecuing a noisome swamp monster known as fascist oligarchy.

Can you taste it? Do you still have a tongue? Or, have Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and mass corporate media surgically removed it? Are you sleeping to their meaningless ignorance-inducing lullabies? If your mouth is not on fire, you don’t even know what time it is.

President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.”

This is precisely what has happened, and continues marching forward with the force of billionaire barons of power. Through a series of decisions by the unelected Supreme Court of the United States, those that wish to abolish democracy have increasingly eviscerated informed self government.

Starting in 1886 with the Santa Clara decision, which established corporate personhood, and continuing to last week’s McCutcheon decision knife after knife is stabbed into the belly of government by the people. The ability of corporations and the 0.001 percent of billionaires to buy elections storms forward like a Hitlerian Blitzkrieg, or Shockingly Awful Surge.

Since the Supreme Court also created the doctrine of money equaling speech in the 1976 Buckley decision, the power of votes is increasingly being silenced by the deafening roar from avalanches of dollars 99.999 percent of us should never stupidly imagine we will also have. Do you not have an ear? Can you not hear the dying screams of democracy?

Do you have still have skin? Did you not feel your flesh burning to the bone when the Supreme Court ruled in the 2010 Citizens United case that corporations can drown democracy in a tub filled with unlimited amounts of money? The nuclear bomb of Citizens United was Hiroshima.

Last week we suffered the brutal, toxic assault of Nagasaki with the SCOTUS ruling in McCutcheon. This case removed existing aggregate campaign finance limits, and now allows billionaires to spend $5.9 million each to buy candidates, our government and laws.

In an indication of the likely next ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas added to the McCutcheon decision that all contribution limits should be removed. Who are we to think billionaires should not be able to have the free speech right to let their money scream at $1 million decibels that they want more war, corrupt Wall Street policies, suicidal corporate agriculture, apocalyptic energy and environmental policy, and to gut all public services that help poor people be fed, healthy and educated?

I doubt anyone reading this is a multimillionare, so it is safe to say in a system where money is speech you sound like a mute mouse. Politicians hear you not, so sit down and learn to love oligarchy, or your hyper-wealthy master monsters.

I know someone that emailed our corrupt, bought and owned, Congressman Womack about corporate personhood, and he fully supports it. Like the rest of the Arkansas delegation, I suppose Womack has to dance with those that paid for him to go to the Beast Ball. Of course actually representing the voting public and their interests would be political suicide.

We live in a system where corporate leaders, lawyers, judges and politicians are all encouraged to become professional liars. The better liar you are, the more successful you will be.

Like democracy, truth is increasingly becoming illegal. That is the face of corporate oligarchy. It is truly an ugly, disgusting thing to see for those with eyes. Do you have eyes? Can you see what is happening? Do you care?

Our Move to Amend Arkansas group helped pass resolutions opposing corporate personhood and the money equals speech doctrine in five Arkansas cities. Courageous city councils in Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Conway have intelligently stood up for the people. Nationwide, over 500 cities, including the 3 largest, and 16 states have also passed Move to Amend resolutions.

If you are an Arkansas citizen, council member or state legislator, please do something. Please educate yourself about these issues. Visit the Move to Amend website, and learn what you can do. Please find your eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. Please be human. Be alive. Fascist oligarchy is death of all that is good. There is hope if we awaken our senses, and unleash our powerful minds.


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