Starting with Bush v. Gore, the Supreme Court signaled that, not only was it willing to issue decisions that were undemocratic and intellectually dishonest, but that the constitutionality of their decisions was no longer a constraining factor. Now, with a little known case that may get decided in the spring—after two rounds of arguments which is unusual for the high court—the SOTUS will have an opportunity to do in democracy once and for all.
The case is somewhat mundane. A group called Citizens United distributed an attack film on Hillary Clinton during the 2008 election that was quickly slapped down by the Federal Elections Commission as being violation of McCain-Feingold. Citizens United sued and had their case appealed through to a federal court…that sided with the FEC. Now the case is in front of the SOTUS, and if they overturn the appeals court’s decision, McCain-Feingold will be eviscerated, corporations will be elevated to the status of people once and for all and will be able to dump as much money as they want, into any election they want, in support of whomever they want.
Imagine how politics will be conducted after such a decision. Any politician that deviates from the corporate orthodoxy, even a little, will simply be unseated in his/her next election. Corporations will deploy their limitless resources to ensure that no one…EVER…votes in a way that harms their interest.
At that point the United States as a Corporate Kleptocracy will no longer be a de facto standard. It will be enshrined in law.
(Thanks to The Local Crank for turning me on to somethng that, quite frankly, I’d been ignoring.)