So much for the infallibility of the founding fathers.
Today’s Supreme Court decision on campaign finance pretty much makes a mockery of our democratic illusions, and in so doing, points the finger of blame directly at our most sacrosanct document: the U.S. Constitution.
We are now at an extremely dangerous juncture. There is no precedent for a new Constitutional Convention, but perhaps that is what should have been planned for in the original framing.
It is doubtful that, in the spirit of newborn patriotism, the founders could have imagined a country at once so big and so polarized as is the case today.
Frankly, I am not optimistic about the future of U.S. democracy if it remains chained to the unravelling precedents set by this Supreme Court.
It remains to be seen whether the American people will allow themselves to be bamboozled by a cash-fired media blitz into supporting a party so fundamentally opposed to their best interests as is today’s Republican party; but we will get the chance to see, in short order.
The Republicans are counting on stupidity and disengagement to win the day for them; and they just may be right. There are clear indications that they have become emboldened in their scorn for the working man by successes through gerrymandering and packing the bench.
When before has anyone had the temerity to publicly suggest that rich people ought to get more votes?
I have heard over and over again that the amendments to the Constitution collectively known as the “Bill of Rights” should be unassailable. But the rigidity of that position now threatens the underlying democratic principles that are even closer to the core of who we are as a nation.
If we are unable to adapt to the times by bending the Constitution to serve those democratic principles; we will simply snap from the strain.
Our political leaders are bought and paid for by the highest bidder. Our middle class has all but disappeared and the vast underclass has been plunged deeper into poverty; but it’s never been better on Wall Street.
Gun violence has provoked an irrational response, stoked by corporate and political cynicsm. The availability of firearms has grown exponentially, concentrating them in the hands of the overheated.
Some might say that we are ripe for a revolution, if those whose hands hold the throttle don’t apply the brakes pretty soon.
But like Climate Change, the will simply isn’t there and it may already be too late.
It was a good run while it lasted.