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Every single one of us should be outraged

Charlie Pierce at Esquire.com, reacting to Monday's ruling from the bought-and-paid-for Supreme Court and why it was ripe for purchase in the first place:

We live in the unreality of the moment now. We have tolerated — nay, celebrated — nonsense in our public life for so many years that we are now both its victims and its accomplices. We have detached ourselves from the duties of self-government to the point where the government itself has detached itself from our lives, partly because of the deliberate acts of venal and corrupt men, and partly because we listened to those venal and corrupt men and threw it away ourselves. We think ourselves free when, actually, we have bound ourselves in shackles of apathy and cynicism and childish fantasy. We have accepted fiction as fact because it sells. We are accessorial to the murder of truth.

(More rage follows)

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cam_1089
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
"Over the weekend, Bloomberg News asked...
The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold a law requiring most Americans to have health insurance if the justices follow legal precedent, according to 19 of 21 constitutional law professors who ventured an opinion on the most-anticipated ruling in years.

Only eight of them predicted the court would do so."

This keeps up, we're going to see a revolution.
patrick_vecchio
Jun. 27th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Cameron, I keep saying that America is plagued by most of the same conditions that sparked the riots in London last year. And I tell my students (and former students) that they're going to get a firsthand look at what the Long Hot Summer was like for my generation.

Unlike '67, though, I think the battle lines will be drawn between the extreme upper economic classes (and their police state minions) and the rest of us, particularly those who are feeling increasingly marginalized economically and politically. In this era of social media, I can't help but think of how Jim Morrison was accidentally prophetic when he said, "They've got the guns, but we've got the numbers."

I hope I'm wrong about all of this, but the political alternatives—particularly in the era of Citizens United—may very well be the tipping point, because there are no political alternatives. The Congress and Senate are mostly bought and paid for already, and the deal will be sealed completely by the 2020 elections at the latest.

And don't get me started about how corporations can donate humongous sums of money to candidates without shareholder approval, but unions must get approval from their membership to do the same.



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