Our country is no longer controlled by, and for, We the People, but instead by, and on behalf of, international banking and multinational corporate interests. While the gradual, almost imperceptible takeover of our government by this corporate fascism has been evolving by design for many decades, it is a coup d'etat nonetheless and has been disastrous for the vast majority of Americans. This blog is an exploration and discussion of how this occurred, and the damage it has done to our democratic processes.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

If This Decision Stands, You Can Kiss this Country Goodbye

Dred Scott v. Sandford, commonly referred to as The Dred Scott Decision, was a decision by the United States Supreme Court that ruled that people of African descent brought into the United States and held as slaves, or their descendants -- whether or not they were slaves -- were not protected by the Constitution and could never be citizens of the United States. The Court, led by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, additionally established that the United States had no authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories. Authored by Chief Justice Taney, the majority opinion also ruled that because slaves were not citizens, they could not sue in court. Finally, the Court claimed that slaves could not be taken away from their owners without due process. Dred Scott has almost unanimously been criticized as the most irresponsible and careless decision ever handed down by the high court...until now.

On January 21st our highest court adamantly reaffirmed, and confirmed, what it has established for well over a century -- that corporations, as artificial entities, are entitled to all the constitutional rights as natural persons in the landmark decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The similarities between this latest numbskull decision, and the one in 1857, are eerily similar. The latter forbade Constitutional rights to natural-born people of African descent; the former grants equal Constitutional rights to artificial creations (i.e., corporations), to the detriment of all natural-born people.     

Like Mr. Douglas, maybe I'm more hopeful now, too. Now that the term "corporate personhood" was brought to the forefront of the national debate, and hopefully our collective conscience, possibly this is a positive step toward the elimination of corporate rule in our everyday lives. It won't be easy, or without hardship, but neither was the Civil War.

Listen to what Representative Alan Grayson, one of the few not bought-and-sold by the corporatist mentality of our congress, had to say in this video clip from Countdown. "If this decision stands, you can kiss this country goodbye."

3 comments:

Anna Van Z said...

When the corporations fund these huge media campaign blitzes for their pet candidates, will the public be smart enough to see through the slick, psy-ops bullshit? I doubt it. They don't seem to be doing too well with that now! (Guess the conservative/fundy campaign to strip critical thinking skills from the public school curriculum really paid off!)

Jefferson's Guardian said...

My remark about hopefulness was mostly tongue-in-cheek. To think "corporate personhood" was pushed to the forefront of people's understanding, due to Citizen's United, may have lasted as long as the typical news cycle. Maybe. Most people were not even aware what happened that day, but I guarantee they knew what happened on American Idol. As you know, that's the recipe for losing a republic -- "bread and circuses".

Thank you for your comment!

Anna Van Z said...

The Bread and Circuses preoccupation is a pretty clear indicator of a rapidly declining empire, isn't it?
Those who fail to learn from history will end up repeating it, as surely as the sun rises. But it's so avoidable, that's the stupid thing; the sheer idiot waste of what could have been - and perhaps what could still be if enough people WAKE UP in time. However, the sands in the top of the hour glass are almost gone.
And as you pointed out, most people concern themselves with what the American Idol contestants are doing, as opposed to what their government is up to.