Democracy Lost: Unraveling Limbaugh from his Boycott - Page 2
To some people, the idea that capitalism has replaced democracy is unimaginable. But listen carefully to how Republicans frame their policy positions – the only deciding factor is profit. Coal and oil are preferable, they argue, because they cost less. Clean energy is bad simply because it costs more. Yes, I realize this is oversimplifying and doesn’t account for the corrosive nature of campaign contributions. But those are the arguments they make. Seriously.
Still not convinced? This is America:
- The rich have bought the right to be permanently under taxed.
- The Supreme Court has ruled that rich people or corporations may legally buy elections if they’d care to spend enough.
- Rich guys Foster Friess and Sheldon Adelson now own particular Republican hopefuls who will remain in the race only as long as their benefactors allow.
- Republican nominee Mitt Romney argues – with a straight face — that corporations are people.
- Employers are free to fire you for things you say at home even if no harm can be demonstrated.
- Members of Congress want your employer to be able to veto your health choices.
How much more does it take to put the pieces together? The three branches of government – legislative, judicial and executive – are all on board to one degree or another.
Luckily, as the Limbaugh boycott shows, wallet-voting (particularly by women) turns out to be very powerful.
You should probably think about boycotting my advertisers if you feel so inclined (sorry editors.) As you can imagine, that’s not my choice for how society should work – but it is the best choice for how our society does work. I’ll take my chances. Until we can re-establish democracy in the United States, it’s the only way you have to register a vote that you know will count.
Art courtesy of DonkeyHotey