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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-15-13 06:37 AM
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11. Money doesn't equal free-speech.
It just doesn't.

When a citizen has one billion dollars at their disposal to spend on massaging public opinion they have far more influence than the citizen with mere pennies to spend. The wealthy and corporations speak with a bullhorn. The average citizen is only heard in a whisper. There is no way the founders would have seen this as fair representation.

Yes, groups of citizens with pennies can have an impact. But groups of citizens with billions can have an overwhelming influence. And that is where we find ourselves today. Such is the state of democracy in the US. Look at the results. You are seeing it right before your eyes. Like what you see?

Don't you find it a bit odd that the President would see the fairness doctrine as some artifice from a bygone era? Many actions by the President are beyond curious to me.

Plutocrats have had control throughout much of US history. But they were a different brand of plutocrat. In the 20th Century the plutocrats lost much of their control. You know the history. In the 20th Century millions of citizens were finally allowed to participate in the democratic process. The constitution is a living document. Only Scalia-like neanderthals claim that it is not.

What has transformed this modern brand of plutocrat into the criminal greedy fucks we see today? They have no sense of patriotism. If they did, they would believe in preserving our representative democracy.
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