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April 20, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, April 20, 2014

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Bob Bishop

City Councilman

It will take us allto right the country’s ship

The country I love and the dream of democracy it represents I fear is being swallowed up by some Orwellian double speak nightmare. As a conservative faction on the highest court in the land, who in the last few years have reinforced the ludicrous idea that a corporation, a group of people represented by a business construct made up of legalese on a piece of paper, is somehow a singular “person” has used this unnatural standard to once again equate money with free speech.

So, the most well-heeled of our nation and the corporations they are part and participle of who now hire 25 lobbyists for every member of congress to whisper in their ear, are once again allowed a giant bullhorn with which to shout at the masses, who individually have a near zero chance of even getting a phone call answered by their elected officials let alone share a hallway, a room, or a dinner with them.

The conservative majority that currently sits on the Supreme Court likes to portray themselves as strict constitutionalists but only continue to reveal themselves as crass corporatists putting their thumb on the scales of justice to benefit those who least need it.

As we sail into this new Gilded Age it would be wise for Republicans and Democrats alike to take lessons on how our political class responded to the monopolistic control of the robber barons of the last one. Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Howard Taft, both Republican, fought them tooth and nail wielding The Sherman Act among other legal weapons to break up their overwhelming influence on America at that time. And the man who led us out of The Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, was instrumental in getting The Glass-Steagal Act passed, separating commercial and investment banks and subduing the volatile atmosphere that pervaded the nation’s economy for decades.

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