For years, conservatives and the religious right have decried what they considered activist Justices on Supreme Court. They howled about the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. Indeed, they screamed about any decision that restrained anti-abortionists. They whined about any decision that protected the rights of gays and racial minorities. And they went ballistic over decisions that affirmed separation of church and state. On radio and television, some evangelists even prayed (or should I say preyed) for liberal Justices to die so that George W. Bush could nominate more conservative Justices.
Today, the conservative Supreme Court committed its most activist action ever.
By undoing decades of prior decisions that limited the role of corporations in political campaign, the conservative Court gave a blank check to corporate intervention in our elections. More precisely, they created an environment that will provide blank checks to candidates who are willing to legislate on behalf of corporations.
Lets say the financial industry wants to fight regulation (and it does) it may now take all of those billions of dollars in bonuses and spend them on advertising for candidates who are opposed to financial regulation. Or, lets say the insurance industry wants to fight health care reform. The insurance companies may now spend billions on candidates who will fight for the status quo.
If you think those prospects are chilling, imagine the impact on candidates themselves. Will any candidate or elected representative be willing to make decisions that could be perceived negatively by large corporations? Doubtful. Its almost a certainty that our Congressional Representatives, already unduly influenced by corporate lobbyists, will obediently pander to those with the money and influence to affect their political future.
How will independent individuals compete? The short answer is they wont be able to. Thanks to Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy, Justice Alito and Justice Thomas, corporations and organizations now enjoy free speech and, soon, you will not. From this day forward, it will be a government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations.