Supreme Court decision makes democracy in the U.S. an even more distant dream

An article in the Christian Science Monitor is as good a start point on this issue as any.

Quotes from the article:

  • “From the White House, President Obama called the ruling a “major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.””
  • “The decision opens the gates for what campaign reform advocates warn will be a flood of corporate spending in future elections. The ruling is expected to permit similar political expenditures from the general treasuries of labor unions, as well.”
  • ““This is the most radical and destructive campaign-finance decision in the history of the Supreme Court,” said Fred Worthheimer, president of Democracy 21.”

And then are those who like the decision:

  • “Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky lauded the decision as “monumental.” Texas Sen. John Cornyn said he was pleased by the decision. “These are the bedrock principles that underpin our system of governance and strengthen our democracy,” he said.”

“Read it, weep, and kiss the illusion of democracy good bye.

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