Don’t you think there is entirely too much discussion in the followup of the Supreme Court’s obscene debacle concerning Hobby Lobby? Me too but it does suggest that there is a lot of meat in what SCOTUS shyly refers to as a limited ruling. The thing that has me shaking my head, however, isn’t the crassness or stupidity of the court or the hypocrisy of Hobby Lobby, but rather the regular folks that are defending and supporting this expansion of corporate power as if it was going to make their lives better. It isn’t. But just like everything Obama does being reviled, no matter how good for the country it might be, so too do the duped Americans who must support anything their distant masters tell them to. So don’t look behind the curtain and one day you’ll wake up and wonder where your Democracy has gone.
Actually that’s not fair: the Democracy is long gone and exists in name only. At best we have a Plutocracy if not a smiling Fascist regime. Remember what Benito Mussolini said,
Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.
Sally Kahn has an excellent piece in The Daily Beast. This is just the first little part but you should definitely read it in it’s entirety:
The Supreme Court Turns the First Amendment Into a Weapon for Corporations
You still think the First Amendment exists to protect individual speech? Quaint. In the Roberts era, it exists to expand corporate power.“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” — The First Amendment
In recent years, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has deliberately and dramatically expanded the power of corporations. But even more alarming is how the Roberts Court has advanced this agenda—by contorting and perverting the First Amendment. Under this Court, free speech has been equated with spending, advertising, and even data grabs for marketing purposes, expansive liberties that apply not only to human beings but to corporations, because the Court says they’re people, too.
Originally—and up until fairly recently—the First Amendment was understood to be a shield protecting individual liberty. But the Roberts Court seems increasingly intent on turning the First Amendment into a weapon against the American people, not to mention basic fairness and common sense. …
Don’t forget to read the entire post over at The Daily Beast … Kahn develops a truly frightening case that could lead to the complete destruction of the American civilization. Are you familiar with the science fiction movies where countries are passé and future wars are being fought by huge international or even intergalactic corporations? Tighten your seat belts … it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.