An ethics watchdog has claimed a "major court victory" after a federal judge issued a ruling invalidating a Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulation that allowed contributors to so-called dark money organizations avoid disclosure.
This “major victory” is nothing of the kind.
- It faces years of appeals;
- It calls for “disclosure,” not reducing campaign bribe money.
It’s more of the whack-a-mole Kabuki Duopoly (S)electoral theatre that was not created by “Russians,” but by the Duopoly agents of corporations, plutocrats and oligarchs.
There is only one real kind of "campaign finance reform: public financing of all legitimate candidates in an electoral process not controlled by the Duopoly or its bosses.
Major victory? For whom may I ask?
Everybody gets bent out of shape when Russian influence on US elections is talked about, but ‘citizens united’ is supreme court approved election meddling at it’s worst.
Soon, the oligarchy may no longer need to rig elections or even bribe politicians.
There is an entire generation of children growing up now that are actually strangers to the idea of privacy, the very foundation of freedom. They believe surveillance everywhere is normal, and that facebook likes are a measure of worth.
Almost everywhere they go there are armed guards in uniform, and like the previous generation, they are constantly bombarded with disinformation and propaganda.
What do you think will happen in a few years when they reach voting age?
shhhh, good little citizens aren’t supposed to know that…
Oh goody. Now we get to SEE which individuals buy our politicians. Game changer? In a pigs eye.
And Life Sucks
And We’re all gonna Die
And. and …capitalism sucks…
Until then The Rest of Us are Pushing Forward
This is probably a small victory in the realm of U.S. politics but it is done by an organization that we should support. Not too many watching the hen house these days - certainly not the mainstream media.
Better idea: NO MORE “BRIBE MONEY” AT ALL!, except small donations.
Right. That’ll fly…
Nothing more important than transparency and visibility in our money system. Transparency is another name for truth. It’s the road to freedom.
Therefore it won’t happen in the Corporate States of Amerika.
Oh yes, we’re so much worse off with this court ruling. We would have been so much better off without it. WTF? Really?
The disparities in income between workers and the bosses is an obscenity. The disparities in wealth-distribution is an obscenity, but vast wealth has corrupted our electoral processes and parties, made corporations “persons”, and influenced what is arguably the most egregious SCROTUS decision ever, “Citizen’s United”, the declaration that "money equals free speech - that has subverted our so-called “democracy” & electoral system even further.
The thing is we are a republic - founded as a republic, not a “democracy” per se! The fraud of “democracy” is that the mob can be, and IS, manipulated by wealth and power to empower government of, by, and for wealth and power over the people. Passing laws that empower the forces and agenda of wealth and “elect” those that piss on our republic’s “charter”, our Constitution and Bill of Rights that our republic was founded-on, is easily accomplished - as we should easily see - by controlling the dialogue and truth
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (and women) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness . — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” - The Common Good is the basis for these words, as John Adams wrote:
“ Government is instituted for the common good ; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men ; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”.
Those powerful words empowered the people in ways that have been steadily destroyed by the subversion of “democratic” manipulations. we see that every day, but do not recognize it for what it is!
We are a republic (“the republic ” for which it stands”) that has as its foundation words enshrining and (supposedly) protecting the common good rather than a “democracy” easily manipulated by wealth, unprincipled and greed-driven people, and voted-in by the lumpen mob, dedicated to common greed…the current subversion of our republic has been accomplished via the manipulation of democracy dominated by the 1% and voted-in by the mob, kept ignorant via the subversion and purchase of the Fourth Estate - so critical to either republic or “democracy”!.
The ability of “the mob” in a "democracy’ to vote in or out anything regardless of its morality, wisdom, common decency, religious dogma, or domination by big money interests and power to subvert a “democracy” via great accumulated wealth and complicit subverted media is, or can be, a new form of tyranny…it all depends who buys their way into power, and how ignorant the mob is…crap education, “religious” brainwashing, the Fourth Estate’s bought-up and its critical role in any system subverted to - again - big-money and the powerful, rather than to fully and truthfully inform the public…one way produces the mob and one the common good public.
Those dominating our national agenda - have exported “democracy” to enslave people and target nations to “legally” steal their natural resources via quisling puppet leaders - installed via “democracy” (or military coup) and kept in power via military force and "democracy……
Woo Hoo! Now we get to see which wealthy people are enslaving us! (assuming it doesn’t get overturned by the Roberts-Gorsuch-Thomas-Alito-Kavanaugh Supreme Court team)
The ruling does nothing to plug the gigantic loophole that allows the obscenely wealthy to funnel unlimited amounts of money through to promote their candidates and their interests.
As Warren Buffet, one of the world’s wealthiest men, said, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”
Anonymity for donors to support Facsism and Corporations is over.
Now, we can see, who is buying whom.
In some schools my kids went to, the parents who donated to the school were published in school newsletters, along with the amounts. This was to encourage parents to do likewise, but it also was a way to tell the teachers who to favor.
Not having transparent elections, which should have never been an issue in a supposed Democracy to begin with, is how elections get rigged in the first place. One would think that as “Red blooded Americans”, Republicans would have been completely against anything that would have lost transparency to our elections. If Democrats did anything other than fake being Democrats, they would have done something as well. But this has not and is not the case. Rigged elections started a long time ago at this point. First it was whites only, then it was whites only during desegregation, and now it’s whites with Tokens, with the exception of about four or so at this moment. Dark money is irrelevant to an extent. As long as “white makes right”, we will never have freedom, a Democracy, or well fed and intelligent people. Centuries of this country being a country has made this become fact whether anyone likes it or not. Dark money is only a tangent until our entire country is represented in politics.