Monday, February 01, 2010

Corporate Money and the Superbowl Abortion Ad

There's a riot brewing in Washington DC as a result of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. People are up in arms, they're shouting from the rooftops, and they're screaming that corporate money is the ultimate evil and democracy is at risk.

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the floodgates for corporate dollars to flow into federal election campaigns. The 5-4 ruling strikes down decades-old laws and legal precedents restricting corporate spending on political campaigns. What does this mean? If unchallenged, it means the world's largest corporations will intensify their influence over our political system. It means there will be ever less accountability for corporations that abuse the public's health and our environment. It means we will forfeit personal freedoms, and the integrity of our democracy, so that a handful of corporations can prosper. Source that

Well folks let's be realists , the corporate influences have always been there . Corporate money has always bought and paid for elections either directly or indirectly and no law written has been able to change that. What this does is allow corporations to openly contribute money to a cause . They still cannot give money to individual candidates or a political party. The worst that will happen is that we may see more political ads on television now that the corporations can pay for them directly. That leaves it up to you and me to do some critical thinking about the things we see and do our homework. In other words, don't be brain dead. Use your rational mind to make your decisions.

Hard on the heels of this decision is a football star named Tim Tebow. He's an "abortion survivor". The anti-abortion ad was paid for by a conservative christian group and is slated to appear during the super bowl. Believe you me, people are up in arms over that. The outcry is due to CBS's refusal to air other politically charged ads during other super bowls. Folks, the abortion debate is so emotionally focused that even the labeling can be deemed as libelous. Pro choice means "anti-life". Pro-life implies that you are an enslaver of women. The abortion issue cannot be solved until people on both sides approach the issue from a position of rational thought. And so, Realists; don't hold your breath.

Finally, the iconic seat in Massachusetts that belonged to the Kennedy family for so long has now gone to a republican. This breaks the supermajority in the senate. This sets health care reform back. And of course it makes for great entertainment. See you next time.


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