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Box score: fascism 5, democracy 4

Posted: January 29, 2010 5:59 p.m.
Updated: January 30, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
The Supreme Court just ruled that corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts of money on election campaigns.

This decision is based on the idea that corporations have the right to bribe politicians and buy elections because they are covered under the First Amendment right of free speech.

This twisted interpretation of the Constitution is fascism, as defined by Benito Mussolini: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

The Supreme Court ruling does not specify any criteria for which corporations should or should not be allowed to fund election campaigns. Modern corporations doing business in America are global companies. Many of them are headquartered in foreign countries and their management personnel are not American citizens.

In fact, many majority shareholders in these corporations are citizens of countries that are considered enemies of the United States. All Americans, regardless of political affiliation, know we cannot allow corporations to have the same rights as citizens of the United States.

The ultimate action is to pass a constitutional amendment that prevents corporations from buying our elected officials and places all electoral power solely in the hands of the people.

We must do everything we can to ensure that those who died to defend our freedom and our democracy did not die in vain.

It is obvious that the Supreme Court Justices never read Abe Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which stated: “(G)overnment of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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