Idiocracy in Action

January 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

In the highly under-rated movie Idiocracy, a private company buys the FDA and replaces the food pyramid with ads for its products. 

Recently the Supreme Court has decided to allow companies to spend whatever they want sponsoring political campaigns, giving big business “an enormous new foothold in U.S. politics,” said Howard Rubenstein, a public relations executive who has advised numerous large corporations over the past five decades and opposes the ruling. “We shouldn’t have a ‘For sale’ sign on these elections.”

 “The Supreme Court has given a green light to a new stampede of special interest money in our politics,” [President Obama] said. “It is a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”  

“The Supreme Court’s decision to loosen campaign finance restrictions on corporations means a tsunami of company cash is likely to flood through the political system, giving big firms and labor unions even more influence over candidates.

“That could have a chilling effect on candidates on the campaign trail, who may be less willing to take strong positions on issues for fear of drawing fire from well-funded corporate opponents, said Edwin Bender, executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics”, says John Schoen, Senior Producer at msnbc.com. 

If you’re running for office to represent the citizens in our republic, and your stance runs counter to the desires of a business, you could then see big business spending millions of dollars against you.  And it could be not just a single business, but an entire industry.  Take a stance on our banking system and you would face the entirety of Wall Street resources drowning you out.

It’s not just about today’s existing politicians.  As Schoen notes, “In the extreme, some companies might decide to endorse their own slate of candidates.”  Think Halliburton and Cheney…on steroids. 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34983042/ns/business-answer_desk

Throughout American history there are examples of corporate negligence harmful to society in the long term, examples of corporations running over the American citizen.  The United States government should be by the people, for the people, something the Supreme Court seems to have forgotten.  The government should help large corporations to the extent that it in turn helps the citizens – not just for the sake of helping the business. As an entity unto itself, the Business is not interested in the concerns of individuals or society.  The business does not have emotions or thoughts.  It does not have a conscience and it does not know guilt.  While the humans in charge possess these characteristics, they are most often overridden by greed.

The large corporation does not have the ability to speak.  The large corporation is more like a bullhorn.  Protecting the right of “free speech” of a bullhorn is farcical.  The right to free speech is an American (i.e., the ability to be a citizen) right.   The businesses themselves have no ability to speak, only the humans can do that.  Prior to today, those humans had a relatively similar ability to influence politics through their own individual voice.  This decision drastically alters that relative equality.  By protecting the bull horn’s “free speech”, you are simply allowing the voices of a few powerful American citizens to be greatly magnified…by an entity with a long history of running roughshod over citizens. 

And so the Idiocracy marches on.

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