Thursday, January 21, 2010

Some Are More Equal Than Others

From Absolute power corrupts absolutely:

This is a quotation from Lord Acton, in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887:

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

Acton was preceded by William Pitt the Elder, who voiced a similar thought in a House of Lords speech in 1770:

"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins."
From Supreme Court rejects corporate campaign spending limits by James Vicini:
The Supreme Court struck down on Thursday long-standing limits on corporate spending in U.S. political campaigns, such as this year's congressional races and the 2012 presidential contest.

The 5-4 ruling was a defeat for the Obama administration and the campaign finance law's supporters who said that ending the limits would unleash a flood of corporate money into the political system to promote or defeat candidates.

The ruling by the conservative majority transformed the political landscape and the rules on how money can be spent in future presidential and congressional elections, which already have broken new spending records with each political cycle.

The corporate animal has the Supreme Court’s thumb on the scale, as well as its own. Democracy in the United States is a joke.

The libertarians and the tea party people are pissed off about being taxed. I’m more pissed off about the fact that some the money I spend to buy things goes to the buying of elections and the diminishing of the power of my vote.

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