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Jan 22, 2010
Yesterday the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to overrule campaign finance regulation and anti-corruption laws, so that corporations can finance--overtly or by giving unlimited sums of money to special interest groups to avoid detection--political candidates' campaigns will cause unbelievable damage to the already tenuous integrity of "running for political office."  If contribution limits can not be imposed, then American government is now For Sale.  The so-called Conservatives call this free speech and consider it a victory.  I see it as influencing voters, mainly voters who make voting decisions based on sound bytes rather than critical thinking and independent thought and investigation.  These same voters will be influenced by mega-spending on more negative campaign and election ads.

When is the last time we saw an election ad that simply gave the candidates' credentials, voting history and plans for accomplishment if he/she were elected?  Not in most of our voting lifetimes.  Politics should be a noble calling to represent and carry out the will of voting constituents.  Instead it has become a name-calling, mud-slinging Jerry Springer type hate fest, appealing to our lowest sense of humanity and intelligence.  Often it turns intelligent, disgusted voters away from the polls and invites brainless sheep to vote based on propagandistic rhetoric which is so far from the truth as to be absurd.  Remember these? 'Obama is a secret Muslim.'  'The Pope will rule the White House if a Catholic [John Kennedy] is elected.'

Will we be coerced to vote for our employer's candidate in order to keep our jobs because our company spent big money to help a candidate succeed?  The implications of the Supreme Court's decision are far reaching and damned frightening to me, and should be to everyone who thinks.  As the Right Wing insists, this will give voters more "informational ads" to enable them to make an informed choice at the polling place.  How has trash talking about the opposition and trading barbs ever enlightened potential voters?  Yeah, right, John McCain et al, you're for campaign finance reform.

This country is heading down, down, down a moral and ethical tunnel into . . . What??
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Posted: Jan 22, 2010 5:20am


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