Tuesday, December 14, 2010

America's Emerging Oligarchy - Dismantling Checks & Balances

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court tossed George W. Bush the American presidency, courts in that country have been thundering along on a rightwing, corporatist stampede that makes a mockery of America's once vaunted system of checks and balances. 

Remember Tony Scalia indulging himself on hunting trips with Dick Cheney while he had before him appeals against Cheney himself?

The Roberts court showed its true colours in the Citizens United case that granted corporations the right to spend as much as they liked to skew elections their way.

More recently, a federal court judge struck down as unconstitutional a key part of the Democrat's healthcare reform law.  Now it has been disclosed that Virginia judge Henry Hudson has a financial interest in Campaign Solutions Inc., a GOP consulting firm that has backed anti healthcare reform candidates including Michelle Bachmann, John Boehner and John Mccain.

America's judicial system isn't bent, it's broken.   It has now offered itself up as a annex to the rightwing of the legislative branch.   This is just one more step in the advance of oligarchy, one more body blow to what once was American democracy.   The merger of government and corporatism becomes stronger by the day.  Mussolini would be proud that someone is keeping his dream of fascism alive.

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