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You’ve almost got it, Uncle Earl

Posted: June 19, 2010 9:47 p.m.
Updated: June 20, 2010 4:30 a.m.
 

Even Steve Lunetta’s Uncle Earl is beginning to “get it” (“Steve Lunetta: Blame Obama for the spill,” June 14).

While he still doesn’t quite get the big picture and prefers to blame “liberals” for all the country’s woes, he does understand that Obama is being held captive by Big Oil. What he fails to understand yet is that our system is so corrupted by the corporate takeover of politics that almost all politicians have to “dance with the one that brung ’em.”

Starting in 1886, when a Supreme Court clerk inserted a headnote into Santa Clara versus the Railroad saying that it was assumed that “corporations are persons entitled to 14th Amendment rights,” the battle between corporate wants and the people’s needs has been raging.

Now, the death knell of democracy rings even louder with the Jan. 21 Supreme Court decision that corporations have no restrictions on campaign spending, the passage of Proposition 14 and defeat of Proposition 15 and last week’s Supreme Court injunction against Arizona’s extremely successful 10-year public campaign-finance law that allows almost 75 percent of its Republican and Democratic representatives and constitutional officers to run without being beholden to special-interest money.

The corporations are claiming that this is denying their First Amendment rights.

Uncle Earl, you are so close to “getting it.” This is not an issue between liberals and conservatives. This is class warfare. The top 1 percent want us to keep fighting so we’re distracted from the fact they are plundering our resources
(Do you see them licking their chops about the mineral resources discovered in Afghanistan?), impoverishing our people and robbing us blind.

The top 1 percent now own 40 percent of the wealth, while the bottom 60 percent own one percent of the wealth.

Let’s stop quibbling and go after the real villains in this scene.

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