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Ghosts of the Republic

Corporate media distracts us from the real problem

By Paul Kelley
On May 2, 2012

  • The effects of the 'polar vortex' is shown outside the entrance to CSU's law school. Photo by Emily Scharf

The media circus surrounding Trayvon Martin's death has seemingly come to a close. What will be the next grand media extravaganza? One can only sit back and wonder.
Because that's America. We sit here and toil and stew over whatever the TV says we ought to.
On Monday, during your runnings around and goings on, ask your fellow citizens of this great United States a question: "Have you ever heard of the Citizens United Supreme Court case of 2010?" Doubtless, you will get looks of puzzlement.
In their 2010 ruling in Citizens United, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered political campaign speech to be the equivalent of free speech. In reality, this means Political Action Committees (PACs) and the donors can spend limitless amounts of money promoting their respective candidates.
It is no mistake that Republicans have no choice in the coming election than to vote for ROMBOT or to stay at home.
In a post-Citizens United world there are no choices. The TV chooses for us, and ya know who chooses for the TV? PACs. And ya know who chose to fund the PACs? The high rollers, the private equity funds, the casino owners, Wall street.
Wall street doesn't care if Mitt Romney is a pandering robot who speaks with two mouths and eats with two tongues. That's because, if elected, he'll need them in four years, and so they pull out the hot iron plate reading "PROPERTY," they brand him, and send him to the podium.
So there's democracy for ya - we got George Zimmerman charged. Justice for Trayvon Martin. Yay. Meanwhile, the rest of America, with hoodies on and less than a couple grand in their checking accounts, continue stumbling into one another. Aloof. Alone. Alloted.
Justice for the death of an individual, but what of the death of our democracy?
Occupy Wall street, Tea Party protestors: where is your bully pulpit now? Why do your phantasms continue slowly to tread the country's grounds, shamefully, shallowed and shackled? Why is it that Jacob Marley is ALIVE, laughing hysterically with a cigar in his mouth at the top of a bank in New York?
How is it that we have become the ghosts of the Republic?
It is so because the money controlled, sociopolitical media machine has long ago drained, embalmed and buried the body of true democracy in a damp and dumpy boneyard.
The media do not talk about Citizens United because everything is fine as long as no one makes a fuss. Because some kid got shot in Florida and now, well now we need to focus in on injustice.
Because the Citizens... have never been so United.
"George Orwell Continues Spinning Wildly In His Grave.... George Zimmerman Today Was Charged With...."

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