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Bill Moyers on Citizens United and “free speech”

The veteran journalist pulls no punches in this excellent essay. I like this passage:

“Let’s see if we’ve got this right: On the one hand, conservatives declare that corporations and the superrich can spend all they want on exercising their First Amendment rights, but on the other, they demand to keep it secret so the rest of us can’t exercise our First Amendment rights to fight back? Have you ever heard of more cowardly lions?

It’s one big joke. Big enough to make you cry. Three things don’t go together: Money. Secrecy. Democracy. And that’s the nub of the matter. This is all a sham for invalidating democracy in the name of democracy. It’s the trick authoritarians always use to hide their real intention — in this case absolute power over our public life and institutions: the privatization of everything. The Supreme Court is pointing the way. Instead of mitigating the worst excesses of both the state and the private sector, the Court has taken sides. Saying to the massed wealth of the one percent: America is yours for the taking, for the buying.”

Watch/read it by clicking here.

6 Comments


  1. Rob Schofield

    July 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    And speaking of Citizens United the good people at Move to Amend — a group that’s pushing for a constitutional amendment to overcome the CU decision — are in the state this week. There’s an event in Greenville tonight (6:30 pm at Tipsy Teapot 409 Evans St # B) and one in Raleigh tomorrow (6:30 at the Unitarian Unversalist Fellowship on Wade Ave.).

  2. Alex

    July 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Story today in paper showing amount spent by unions on elections is in the billions, much more than previously reported ! Yet little is ever mentioned about this. The amount exceeds total amount of union dues so where is the difference coming from ?

  3. gregflynn

    July 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    If you bothered to read the WSJ article properly you would find the answer: voluntary donations to PACs.

  4. david esmay

    July 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Alex, better story, Republican Sleaze Bag Karl Rove speaks at Robme fundraiser, skirting , or maybe not, campaign laws by standing in a tent outside with Tagg Robme. Sponsored by Tagg’s investment firm set up for him by mommy and daddy.!

  5. Alex

    July 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    A better answer Greg is the massive amount of federal dollars given to the unions by the Obama administration during the auto bailout . I would hope you are not that naive to think it’s $1 and $5 donations.

  6. gregflynn

    July 11, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Respond to rhetorical questions with facts may seem reckless but it’s hardly naive. Federal regulations limit individual contributions to PACs at $5,000 per calendar year, or about $2.50 per hour for a worker, and require them to be reported. In the 2010 election cycle the UAW PAC raised about $9 million. Contributions to this PAC from individual donors of $200 or more amounted to $112,123.

    The guy who ships their jobs overseas can direct unlimited amounts of money anonymously to a super PAC to get tax breaks on the capital gains from killing those jobs.

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