We own what we can control. It’s about discipline and our willingness to make hard decisions. To do what we don’t want to do for some tangible payoff down the road.
We have allowed ourselves to become politically complacent. Civil engagement ranks very low for most Americans.
And we are paying the price.
In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission the United States Supreme Court, led by activist Chief Justice John Roberts, has hammered another nail in the coffin of democracy as we have come to know it.
Alarmist? Hardly…Roberts is consolidating his legacy as possibly one of the most elitist Chief Justice’s the Court has ever seen. On the heels of the controversial Citizen’s United decision, McCutcheon legitimizes quid pro quo.
Conservative pundits have been falling all over themselves hailing the decision as a victory for the first amendment when they know damn well it’s a victory for the one percent–for the political establishment that is controlled by corporate interests and funded by Political Action Committees.
It’s well documented that political parties have been rendered impotent by the advent of professional political consultants. Our concept of Federalism and Checks and Balances has been swept away in an onslaught of carefully crafted sound-bites and well-funded talking heads.
The “conservative” agenda of elitists like the Koch brothers resembles little the Republican party I knew growing up. Throw in the Tea Party, a well-constructed political tool of brilliant consultants, and the GOP is simply a shell of its former, respectable self.
Along with the complete emasculation of the media, the Supreme Court has completely disavowed any notion of conflict of interest in this ruling. Although they will point to “freedom” as the basis, there are extraordinarily savvy individuals in that 5-4 majority that specifically crafted this ruling to bring their brand of conservatism, nee fascism, into the mainstream.
With the school to prison pipeline running on all cylinders, social Darwinism is also on-track to create the Utopian wet-dream of Reagan era idealogues. Small government…big business…social Darwinism…screw the little guy, then scream class-warfare on your own branch of the media…Fox “News”.
We own this ladies and gentleman. It will likely get much, much worse, before our republic faces a crisis of epic proportions. It can be avoided, but only through discipline. Making hard choices and doing the things we don’t normally like to do…like give a damn.
This blog is my very small effort to inform and alarm. I’m educating myself and so should you…
For if we don’t, the government we see in our grandchildren’s generation will look very little like that of our father’s…
And it will be because of us. We own it…