This note was prompted by the random selection of song from iTunes this morning (see below). Most relevant lyric:
Why don’t you be a man about it
And set me free
Now you don’t care a thing about me
You’re just using me
Go on, get out, get out of my life
And let me sleep at night
‘Cause you don’t really love me
You just keep me hanging’ on
I do not see how any of the elected officials currently in Congress will ever be included in a future book on Profiles in Courage. Far too many, of each party, are craven, corrupt and bought by corporate money to ever be anything but a footnote in the history books. Far too many are in government to enrich their own pockets. Far too many are beholden first to corporations, then to the people.
And with the SCOTUS ruling the other day, corporations will be able to buy even more, as these companies can now funnel as much money as they want into distorting political campaigns, probably even into state elections. States that prohibit corporate spending on political ads are restricting free speech, according to the SCOTUs.
Buying politicians and misleading the electorate was doing pretty well corrupting democracy when there were limits. And, the Court ruling may now allow foreign corporations to spend as much money as they want to influence our elections. With no limits, I expect the corporate takeover of our politics to accelerate.
Unless someone rapidly develops a large profile. I guess I can hope. I am that naive.