Is Democracy dying in America?

Is Democracy dying in America? Citizens United, 2010 and McCutcheon 2014––decisions of a five Republican judge U.S. Supreme Court––enabled unlimited, secret, and foreign political bribery to pour into U.S. political and judicial campaigns. The subversion of America’s political system is the payoff to major contributors, who expect, want and receive favors for their contributions. Unlimited money benefits officials and subverts public wants and needs. US elected officials are supposed to represent the public-at-large. Since 1981, Congress has functioned to fulfill the desires of its richest citizens. Democracy is merely mouthed as a sham to cover over blatant corporate interests. The average American’s preferences are minuscule, near-zero, a statistically non-significant impact upon public policy. The landmark 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo started the aristocratic assault on American democracy. Buckley v. Valeo struck down limits on spending in campaigns, but upheld the size of individual contributions. The Republican Party has been overwhelmingly advantaged by the unleashing of big-corporate money. Although aristocrats compete, they all compete on the same side against the public. Although aristocrats strive for greater profits, they all strive on the same side against labor; to lower the wages of their workers, to lower the standards for consumers safety and welfare, and to increase their own profits transferring losses onto others. Major news media have solidified the new oligarchic system. Major new media are all owned and controlled by the aristocracy. ‘Freedom of the press’ is freedom of money to control the ‘news’ — to frame public issues in the ways the owners want. Owners select managers who appoint editors who hire reporters who produce the propaganda that’s acceptable to the owners. The economy may be rising, but only the rich are profiting. Worker production increases steadily, but worker wages have stagnated since 1970. Social mobility is gone. Young-marrieds cannot afford new homes. Pay scales are falling. New business start ups are going down. The inequality gap is at an all time high. Capitalism which grew up under Democratic rule, fed by consumerism, has transitioned into an oligarchy. While the public is narcotized by TV, borrowing money for the illusion of progress, Democracy has died. The majority does not rule. The economy is no longer inclusive. Capital which runs our economic system is controlled by investors. 70% of stocks are owned by the top 1%. Capitalism must change, must be regulated, must open its doors to the market it serves, or the future will be a dictatorship of wealth and power. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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