Why our Government Can No Longer Protect Us

And What We Can Do About It

I loved reading Cyl’s post,  America is Under Attack. She is spot on in many ways. Let me drill down into this just a little bit further.

As many have noticed, my editorial style has changed over the years and I try not to come across as partisan but to keep as objective as possible.  When possible, I try to show that fixing America isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue, but is something we all have to come together on. We can’t afford to let them divide us any longer.

So, try to turn off your political biases for a moment and let’s see what got us in this mess and what we can do to fix it.

I believe that the primary cause of our current mess is money in politics. We all agree that corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech, but our corrupted Supreme Court says it is. I’ll leave it up to my readers to look to see which judges passed this  and which presidents appointed them.

Let’s take an example. Getting back to Cyl’s article regarding the gun attacks,  the NRA, and a government intent on protecting them against the American people, one must question, why would representatives of the people side against the people.  Is it simply that the NRA pays them more than the individual doners? I don’t think it’s that simple. The NRA is much more than just a payday for the politicians, they’re a source of tried and useful talking points and a supporting source of propaganda.

These talking points and propaganda are not without cost to the NRA. It costs a lot of money to create and spread propaganda. And, don’t fool yourself, propaganda, a form of marketing, works. That’s why marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry.

If you add up the bribes to the politicians, the marketing to remove anti-NRA politicians, the propaganda, and the marketing, the NRA spends more than most industries on corrupting our government. And it has worked.

Now, this isn’t an anti-NRA rant. This is about how America got into this mess. The NRA and other monied interests are spending tons of money to corrupt our representatives and it’s working.

What’s more, this is not a Democratic or Republican issue. Both parties feel the influence of money in politics.

You can probably guess how we fix this. Get money out of politics. But, how can we do that when the Supreme Court is owned by big business?  Any bill Congress passes will be found to be unacceptable by big businesses’ Supreme Court judges.

The solution is for Congress to write into the bill wording that forbids the Supreme Court from reviewing the bill. This will, as many people say, cause a “constitutional crisis.” The constitution says in plain verbiage that the Supreme Court is not above the Congress: “the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.” [Article III Section 2]

In conclusion, getting money out of politics will fix the things that are making our representative government ineffective. Getting money out means getting the big business control of the Supreme Court out of the way of the solution. After all, if you’re not part of the solution…

2 thoughts on “Why our Government Can No Longer Protect Us”

  1. Oh, I love a challenge. In searching Wikipedia I see two prominent cases. 1) Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, 2014. This was predated by the case of 2)Citizens United v. FEC. 2010

    I’m guessing you are referring to Citizens United. Siding with the corporations:
    Justice Kennedy
    Chief Justice Roberts
    Justices Alito, Thomas and Antonin Scalia.

    Dissenting judges:
    Justice Stevens
    Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

  2. Well, David, I will say I have noticed your change in approach. You now seem more like the both-sides-do-it parade. We can’t be afraid to call a spade a spade or a Nazi a Nazi or a corporatist Republican a Fascist. I liked you better the other way.

    The Republicans pack the agencies with anti-agency corporate stooges and then complain that government doesn’t work. That’s a lie. Government works fine when you get the Republicans out of the way. Taking your example to its logical conclusion, The judges who have brought us this mess have ALL BEEN REPUBLICANS. This is not a both-sides-do-it example.

    Maybe you’re trying to show them who is doing it without saying the Republican word. Good luck with that. They will never admit what they are doing is harming America’s democracy no matter how obvious it is, any more than they will admit that there is global warming while our polar ice caps melt around them. They’re in a trance and no amount of sweet talking both-sides-do-it talk is going to bring them around to the facts.

    Sorry to come across so negative, but really now

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