Mister Obama, Do You Believe Us Now?

I read about how outraged President Obama was with the Supreme Court ruling that allowed corporate money into the election campaigns without limits. I too am outraged. This country, for decades has been run by special interests for special interests, the public be damned. That includes Barack Obama’s Administration and the current Congress.

Obama isn’t guiltless when it comes to taking corporate money. He received huge donations from Goldman Sachs, Morgan-Stanley, AIG, and others. Corporate money was fine by him as long as he was getting the lion’s share. Now the Democrats have to worry about all that corporate money going to the business friendly GOP.

There’s one way to stop this coup on democracy, and that is for Congress to introduce a law specifying campaign limits and while they are at it, take corporate “personhood” and throw it in the trash bin where it belongs. I read an article that was entitled “You Never See Corporations Go to Jail”. How true. It’s a fact that corporations are set up to shield investors from bankruptcy and lawsuits. So how can an entity have “person hood” and rights of “Free Speech”? It appears that in this co0untry, the only ones that are being heard are the rich.

If Obama and the Democrats don’t stop this charade with legislation, then they better start reaching out to the left and doing things that will bring them to the polls to vote for a Democrat. The war in Afghanistan must be stopped and most of the military bases overseas must close. Wars for resources have got to stop. The intrusion of the Federal Government into the right of privacy guaranteed by the Bill of Rights should be brought back by repealing the new FISA laws that allow the government to tap your phone or get inside your computer to see what websites you have visited and to read your e-mails.

Obama could take these lemons and make lemonade with them. He could be the one we have been waiting for; all he needs to do is stand up to the corporate oligarchy that runs America. If he so desired, he could become a populist President not unlike President Andrew Jackson. The trick is to use the power of the Presidency to incite the people. He may not realize it, but there are millions of us who want a return to citizen-run government and want the end of this “Security State” that the Feds have built for us.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the American people are being pushed out of any participation in government. When GE threw Mike Gravel off the Democratic Party debates after the second one, Americans should have been up in arms. The candidates themselves should have protested this cowardly act by GE. When Dennis Kucinich was kicked of the debates, there should have been hell to pay. But no, the docile Democrats went along with these corporate decisions.

AIt’s true that we will lose our democracy with the results of the Supreme Court’s ruling. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some resistance from the Democrats along with their President. If they don’t fight this, then they will deserve what they get. If they need help from the left, then they must ask for it.

Timothy V. Gatto

Tim Gatto’s new book Complicity to Contempt is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Abe’s and other fine bookstores now. Kimchee Days, A novel about an anti-aircraft Battery (reminiscent of M*A*S*H and CATCH-22) in Korea during the years 19690-1971 will be out soon.


  1. in_awe says

    Any sentient being listening last night to Obama railing against lobbyists and corporate money in politics had to laugh. At last count (mid-2009) the White House issued 19 waivers to hire lobbyists into his administration. He has surrounded himself with high ranking former Wall Street types that have direct affect on policies affecting Wall Street. Was there any surprise that bailouts went first and foremost to Wall Street while Main Street still suffers? The number one visitor to the Oval Office in 2009 was Andy Stern of SEIU which had contributed $60.7MM to Obama’s campaign (nearly 10% of all his funds), the AFL-CIO and UAW saw huge payoffs for their support of his election. Politicians of both parties are beholden to big spenders (corporate or union)and it must stop.

    His belated concern for the “little man” is disingenuous – he needs to turn populist through November, 2010 to preserve his majorities in Congress.

    It will take an active, focused centrist movement (the swing voters) to make the political corruption stop. Incumbents of both parties need to feel the wrath of the voters on this issue before it gains any traction among the gilded elites in Washington. I believe the factions on the left and right need to support this centrist revolt to attain any semblance of a house cleaning that materially addresses the corruption in DC.

  2. says

    Tim, since the Democrats in Congress and the Senate just like the Republicans depend on big business for campaign contributions and later for jobs when they leave their jobs as our representatives I just don’t think they will do squat about this issue. Yes, the Democrats stand to get less than the GOP, but all of less is better than none. Of course if we organize at all levels maybe we can force both parties to support changes in corporate law at the state levels that removes them from politics.

    My thesis that I like to push is that the Constitution only recognizes three branches of government: legislative, judicial and the executive but that the real power is now in a fourth, non-constitutional branch of government: the Lobby which has superseded the power of the people. We vote for politicians who we believe will enact what we want and then the lobbyists just buy them off. To get back to power for and from the people we must have all election campaigns government financed without private contributions, corporate contributions, and with equal funding for new comers and incumbents. Citizens could say what they want but they couldn’t contribute to candidates. Do I visualize at this time how this might work, no because it’s not been a feasible alternative till now — but it could be done in some manner.


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