Welcome to the Plutocracy

Posted: June 27, 2011 in Supreme Court
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SCOTUS overturned an Arizona campaign finance law on a narrow 5-4 vote.  The law was created to provide publicly funded money to any office seeker who had been outspent by an opponent who used private funds or funds from independent political groups.  It was in essence an attempt to level the playing field.

Of course, the conservative judges felt it was a violation Freedom of Speech because the super rich like the Koch brothers can afford so much Free Speech and they deserve it by golly. But the average person, the public who supported the fund, can’t buy as much Free Speech, so they’re just out of luck, I guess.  And this was Justice Elena Kagan’s argument put forth in the minority opinion.  By removing the fund the Court would be preventing free speech by the publicly funded individual, thereby violating the very principle they are seeking to uphold.

There have been several very bad conservative rulings handed down by SCOTUS since Chief Justice Roberts took the bench.  This is just the latest in a series of cases that is eroding our Democracy and replacing it with a plutocracy.

  1. The Dork Knight says:

    Its all very sad, because I just don’t know how we ever get out of this place we have gotten ourselves into. I don’t like feeling that way but I just don’t see it getting any better. I really think that 2012 is gonna suck… hard. I think that we are going to lose the Senate. Dems are defending 23 seats compared to just 10 for the Republicans. Combine that with what I suspect will be a crashing economy, and we are hosed. More that that, if the Republicans are smart enough to nominate Romney, I don’t think Obama has better than a flip of a coin chance to hand on to the executive (I think those odds go up if they nominate a nut like Bachmann). *sigh* Heres to hoping I’m wrong on this…

  2. drangedinaz says:

    TDK, great name BTW. We’ve been headed this way for a long time and the road out will be equally long and ugly and I don’t think America understands what is required to make that happen. Hell, most people don’t even realize the jig is up and the game already lost. I’m trying not to think too much about 2012. The GOP IS smart enough to nominate Romney and I think you’re right, we’re in trouble because he’s the only candidate who can occupy the middle and give us a run for our money.

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