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Fri., Jan. 22, 2010, 7:55 p.m.

Did the Supreme Court just kill Democracy?

Good evening, Netizens...

The Supreme Court just changed how Democracy works, and hardly anyone seems to be noticing.

Perhaps the biggest change to take place in American government just kicked in, and at first, I wasn't even certain anyone from either the mainstream news media or their alternatives were really connecting the dots. If one is to believe the latest Supreme Court ruling the Big Corporations can ostensibly control our election process in the future through political contributions. This could rewrite American history to read this is the Nation of the People, by the Corporations and For the Corporations.

Be prepared to sit down and listen very carefully to Keith Olbermann's assessment. Normally I do not listen much to he nor others that I have termed wing nuts in the past, but after reading the fine print of the latest Supreme Court ruling on corporate freedom of speech, suddenly his incisive hard-biting commentary makes a frightening amount of sense.

Can you imagine a political infrastructure owned and controlled by the mega-corporations? Suddenly a number of changes coming soon come to mind: Halliburton controls National Public Radio. Walmart suddenly controls the planning and zoning for thousands of small towns, because they own the elected candidates that allow such things to happen. Will the Big Box stores soon control most of the merchandizing in America?

Our next Mayor might be more beholden to Corporate America than to Spokane's citizens. Not to mention the Cowles family, long-known for their control of Spokane politicians, will most certainly cement their control over Spokane with an airtight fist.

Think about it. Could the Supreme Court have just killed Democracy?


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