Are we Losing our Democracy to a Plutocracy?
Mitt’s in the middle with dollars hanging from his coat
Notes From the Class War
All one need do is look at the line-up of corporate titans who are backing Mitt Romney, then consider how the Supreme Court decision in the United Citizen case has overturned election finance laws and opened the door for unlimited corporate spending in support of candidates they favor, to recognize that our American democracy as envisioned by the Founding Fathers is on life support. Thomas Jefferson, the most prescient of the Founding Fathers, correctly recognized the critical importance of an informed electorate to the proper functioning of our Democratic system.
The whole idea of popular democracy and Republican government – as opposed to Monarchies or oligarchies where power is based on blood lines or wealth and military power – is that all power is in the hands of the people through the exercise of the ballot.
Hence with the military firmly under civilian control, an informed citizenry armed with the ballot, an independent judiciary refereeing the competing claims of the executive and legislative branches of government, and a free press standing watch over them all reporting to the citizens; the architects of America’s Constitution thought they had created a system that would prevent the development of tyrannical elites in the military or civilian sectors of the nation.
However thoughtful people have always recognized that tyranny is a danger that must be constantly opposed; that each generation must be vigilant in defense of democracy. And many American leaders, including Republican and Democratic Presidents, have recognized massive concentrations of wealth in the upper classes as a danger to democracy.
The only way to prevent the tyranny of a super-rich minority is through government regulation of their activities: the government is tasked with protecting the public interests and the capitalist class is committed to increasing the wealth of its investors – which is often not in the public interests.
Hence the capitalist class hates regulation, as well as powerful unions that force them to bargain with their workers collectively, or face strikes that could cripple their business activities and reduce their profits. They also abhor paying taxes. Thus they are committed to electing politicians that are beholden to private i.e. corporate interests rather than the public interests; a parliament of whores that can be trusted to do their bidding. In the coming election we have two presidential candidates that present a stark contrast between representatives of public and private interests.
While over 50% of President Obama’s contributors donate $2000 or less, Mitt Romney is being bankrolled by people like the Koch Brothers, and the CEO’s of corporate giants like Target, K-Mart, Intel, General Electric, Dell computers, CVS Pharmacy, Home Depot, Countrywide Financial, Occidental Petroleum, and may other giant corporations along with numerous sports franchises.
Since in the United States mass media has the power to determine political outcomes that were only enjoyed by all powerful militaries in earlier periods of history; the candidate who has the power of mass media at his command will have the best chance to win – and that’s a matter of money!
Given the epidemic of ignorance and apathy that infects of millions of Americans – which was prominently on display in the “Miss USA” pagent where four contestants couldn’t name the vice President of the country - people whose heads are empty media markets that can be filled with smartly crafted lies electronically beamed into them; there is a clear danger of Karl Rove aka “Turd Blossom,” the evil spinmiester that gave us George II and Dirty Dick Cheney, might just succeed in buying this election for Mitt.
Running Dog of the Plutocrats
If Karl Rove, does succeed in his grand plan to buy this election it will mark the end of democracy – the rule of the people – and the triumph of plutocracy: a tyranny of economic royalist. The “One Percent” will have triumphed; while Occupy Wall Street fiddles – unable to even identify the enemy let alone mount an effective strategy to defeat them. These people are the richest economic elite in history, yet they oppose the minimum wage, public education, and are pledged to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act. Make no mistake: These are cold blooded killers of the American dream!
Playthell G. Benjamin
Harlem, New York
June 4, 2012