Thursday, January 21, 2010

Free Speech Means I Get To Say That...

...the majority opinion holders on the Supreme Court have made an un-American and deeply stupid decision today. Dahlia Lithwick nails it. I speak of her disbelief that the Supreme Court of the United States today decided that a corporation or a union is just like a person, entitled to "freedom of speech."

Friends, this decision ought to give you nothing but bowel-lurchingly frightening visions. This is not a victory for free speech, assuming you even believe that money = speech or that Coca Cola = We The PEOPLE. This is an outright threat to our democracy, and let me tell you why: Multinational corporations are now free to influence United States elections. Did you hear that? Multinational corporations--some of which are owned by people living in and citizens of OTHER COUNTRIES--are now free to influence our elections.

I'll have more to say later, but right now I'm just trying to digest that one effing scary result of this disastrous decision.

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