The media circus surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death has seemingly come to a close. The tents taken down, the elephants caged, the props placed back on the wagon to head off to a new old town aptly denoted “The Past.” For weeks, America stood up in arms over the legitimacy of statutory law, over the prudence of government bureaucracy, the racism of the right, the racism of the wrong. A grand brawl ensued inducing marches, petitions, admonitions, solidarity, divisiveness, hooting, and doubtless too some hollering. But now that George Zimmerman has been charged with a crime, America is back to work and back to the grind – back to the sounds of background noise sputtering “news” about Newts getting stepped on and Mitts changing masks.
What will be the next grand media extravaganza? One can only sit back and wonder, sit back and hope that it comes soon, because if we don’t get warm weather first, things could get very ugly, very fast.
Because that’s America. That’s Americans. We sit here and toil and stew over whatever the T.V. says we ought to. And then its off to work the next day – or the welfare office – or the classroom – or the bar – or wherever else American’s spend a typical day.
This week, during your runnings around and goings on, ask your fellow citizens of this great United States a question – (ask yourself the question first) – ask them: “Have you ever heard of the Citizens United Supreme Court case of 2010?” Doubtless, you will get looks of puzzlement – bemusement, and, bashfully, a coworker might change topics, start talking about “Brown v. Board” or “Roe v. Wade,” to assert some presence of knowledge over those two words hanging low in the dead air of your breathless conversation: “Supreme Court.”
In 2010 the Supreme Court of the United States gave political campaign speech the equivalent status of individual speech by offering to its purveyor’s constitutional protection over their contents thus being now declared “Free Speech.” In English, this means that Political Action Committees (created to promote politicians running for office) have free speech rights equal to those you and I possess, individually. In reality, this means P.A.C.’s and the donors thereto can spend limitless amounts of money promoting their respective candidates. In America, this means that the institutions with all the money will drive the political Buick from now until the end of the Republic. In prophecy, it saddens me to think this end to be in sight.
Because of Citizens United, our sound democratic principles of democracy (tautology!), principles dictating that the PEOPLE elect the politicians instead of some gargantuan conglomerate moneyed interest, will be drowned out by the noise of P.A.C. “donations.” No, from now on, the T.V. tells us who to vote for… and the T.V. gets to decide who we get to choose from. It is no mistake that the old republicans, those grand old individual Americans who support the Grand Old Party, far disgruntled and greatly disturbed by their lack of a worthy candidate — it is no mistake that they have no other choice in the coming election than to vote for ROMBOT or to stay at home. : (
The money has spoken. After this incumbent leaves office any politician with ideas, with independency, with polarization, with principles – such will become a thing of the past. In a post Citizens United world, our great democracy shall be ran by none other than the most powerfully wealthy, many of whom buried us into a four year recession because of their evisceration of efficient government oversight. Because that’s the problem with a nation controlled by only the wealthy – that nation falls out of democracy and into Oligarchy. The wealthy fight to eviscerate government oversight over their generation of wealth – that evisceration generates for them even greater wealth – (for a limited time only). But in a country where the wealthy can then play casino games with taxpayer dollars – where the taxpayer has to bailout “the wealthy” for their having placed ill advised bets with their oh so respectable and honorably earned “wealth,” shouldn’t it be the taxpayer who gets to decide who our political candidates should be?
Oh, but they already do, just turn on MSNBC and ask Chris Matthews or Fox News and ask Bill O’ Reilly: “They HAVE chosen, they chose to choose between Mitt Romney and the incumbent.”
No, in a post Citizens United world – they have not chosen. The T.V. chose for them, and ya know who chose for the T.V.? P.A.C.’s. And ya know who chose to fund the P.A.C.’s?
The high rollers – the private equity funds – the casino owners – Wallstreet.
Wallstreet doesn’t care if Mitt Romney is a pandering robot that speaks with two mouths and eats with two tongues. That’s because, if elected, he’ll need them in four years, and so they pull out the hot iron plate reading “PROPERTY,” they brand him, and send him to the podium.
“Hey, send the voters to Burger King and make sure they hit the polls up on the way back will ya?”
So there’s democracy for ya – we got George Zimmerman charged. Justice for Trayvon Martin. Yay. Meanwhile, the rest of America with a hoodie on and less than a couple thou in their checking accounts continue stumbling into one and other. Aloof. Alone. Alloted. Getting paid off to sit in the ghetto and kill each other over who gets control over the lifeblood of ghettos, the cheap drugs and pussy — or going to work and having their checks garnished through taxes that get recycled to fund the submission of the impoverished by pumping out the lifeblood of ghettos, the money that pays for the cheap drugs and pussy.
It is a sad, shameful reality that we can get an entire country to stir and protest over the death of one young man and yet be so willing to sit idly and ignorantly by while we watch before our very eyes unfold the death of our democracy.
Occupy Wallstreet, Tea Party Protestors, where is your bully pulpit now? Why do your phantasms continue slowly to tread the country’s grounds, shamefully, lonely, shallowed, and shackled? Why is it that Jacob Marley is ALIVE, alive and well, laughing, laughing hysterically with a cigar in his mouth at the top of a bank in New York?
How is it that we have become the ghosts of the Republic?
It is so because the money controlled sociopolitical media machine has long ago drained, embalmed, and buried the body of true democracy in a damp and dumpy bone-yard off some interstate somewhere in a state no one has ever bothered to have ever even driven through.
The reason you have never heard of the Citizens United case is because it is not a big deal to the average citizen given the average citizen has never heard of the Citizens United case. The reason the average citizen has never heard of Citizens United is because they have never been told that it exists let alone that it might be something worth hearing about.
They have never been told it is exists because, well…. Because, because they have FAR more important and pressing concerns at the moment… Because they don’t need to worry. Because they can still wake up and go to work tomorrow and nothing will be any different than it was today. Because everything is fine as long as no one makes a fuss. Because some kid got shot in Florida and now, well now we need to focus in on injustice.
Because the Citizens… have never been so United.
“George Orwell Continues Spinning Wildly In His Grave…. George Zimmerman Today Was Charged With….”
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