Friday, January 22, 2010

Lincoln Was Correct

Poor Abraham Lincoln, he must be revolving in his grave. With the Supreme Court's right wingers giving corporations unlimited power to buy elections, those with out connections to big oil, insurance or banks will find it tough to compete with the slick ads plastered everywhere. Thus Lincoln's stirring words at Gettysburg now ring hollow. "Government of the people, by the people and for the people", has perished from at least this part of earth.

Also read what Lincoln (who was a Republican mind you, but nothing like those today) had to say about corporations:

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me, and causes me to tremble for the safety of our country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people, until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed."

Prophetic.

1 comment:

zaine_ridling said...

"Democracy" is now a useful fiction for those not paying attention. We need a new Constitution; the country, its systems are irreparable.

Besides, what to prevent a foreign corporation -- from China, Saudi Arabia, Russia -- with a branch office in the US from influencing our elections. Once upon a time, only the Supreme Court did such things (2000)!