We are so screwed:

Supreme Court Rolls Back Campaign Finance Restrictions

Read/Watch this: Olbermann: U.S. government for sale

I have been following this on Twitter all day. The irony is that the stupid teabaggers don't realize that they are screwed too. We all are. Real people won't have free speech any more - it will be legislated into "free speech zones" where no one hears, except our corporate overlords, who will use it against us at our next performance review.

In the next 6 - 10 years, privacy will be dead, net neutrality will be dead, consumer protections will be dead, the social safety net will be dead. We will be living in a cyberpunk nightmare, our greatest aspirations being to be allowed to toil for 18 hours a day, 6 days a week at a menial job, just to have enough food to eat and shelter. Unions? Gone. 40 hour work week. Gone. Workplace safety? Gone. EPA? Gone. Product safety? Gone? They won't worry about "public relations issues" - they'll own all of the media, all with tight DRM that has stiff, brutal jail sentences for breaking.

The only institutions that the corporations will leave standing are the evangelical churches, because they teach submission to authority so very well, and they will offer their slaves employees spiritual support for all of the hardships and sacrifices required in this hard scrabble world. It's a match made in Justice Roberts' Hell.

There are so many things that our laws and our votes as PEOPLE have protected us from by greedy, amoral corporations that we take (took) for granted. Every safety and environmental protection law, device or rule was made against the wishes of one or many corporations. People literally died in order to be allowed to form unions, to get workplace safety laws.

Now, with a stroke of a G. W. Bush appointed pen, it all goes away, and our republic with it.

I want to cry.
Democratic complicity and what "politicizing justice" really means
'Action Memo' For Obama: Recommendations For Dealing With Torture
Reclaiming America’s Soul

The long and short is that we need a bipartisan, independent investigation and prosecution under US law for those whose authorized torture in the so-called "War on Terror", and in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and "Extraordinary Rendition". When the facts have been found, the people who authorized it, supervised it, and claimed it to be legal must be charged, period. Even if that includes half of Congress from both sides of the aisle, and current cabinet members.

Seriously, no matter how people tried to spin it, that shit is illegal, both under US and International law. Hanging a few underlings out to dry for "excesses' won't cut it. Someone authorized it, someone got the reports and knew how they were obtained. The big guys, Republican *or* Democrat, I'm not picky who, need to be found, charged, and tried in a court of law.

So sorry, Mr President, no just saying "Oh, here's a few memos." - We want to know the full extent of the wrongdoing in our name! We want the violators prosecuted!

We ca not allow torturers and their bosses to go unpunished. Not In Our Name.

Full and open investigation, or you just bought yourself into it. Silence and inaction is assent.
Democratic complicity and what "politicizing justice" really means
'Action Memo' For Obama: Recommendations For Dealing With Torture
Reclaiming America’s Soul

The long and short is that we need a bipartisan, independent investigation and prosecution under US law for those whose authorized torture in the so-called "War on Terror", and in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and "Extraordinary Rendition". When the facts have been found, the people who authorized it, supervised it, and claimed it to be legal must be charged, period. Even if that includes half of Congress from both sides of the aisle, and current cabinet members.

Seriously, no matter how people tried to spin it, that shit is illegal, both under US and International law. Hanging a few underlings out to dry for "excesses' won't cut it. Someone authorized it, someone got the reports and knew how they were obtained. The big guys, Republican *or* Democrat, I'm not picky who, need to be found, charged, and tried in a court of law.

So sorry, Mr President, no just saying "Oh, here's a few memos." - We want to know the full extent of the wrongdoing in our name! We want the violators prosecuted!

We ca not allow torturers and their bosses to go unpunished. Not In Our Name.

Full and open investigation, or you just bought yourself into it. Silence and inaction is assent.
ravan: (Kitten Bag - siliconshaman)
( Sep. 30th, 2006 11:59 pm)
FYI: October 5 - Day of Mass Resistance protests. If you figure you're on the list to disappear anyway, you might want to go.
This one is a nice, basic "where's the beef" type of commentary: Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment on Bush: Who has left this hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you. (via [livejournal.com profile] mdlbear)

From a united America and a friendly world, to a deeply divided country and a international relations nightmare where nearly everyone not only dislikes, but actively hates, America - in just 5 years (and it was actually accomplished in two.) Way to go, asshole.
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