Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Onion Offers the Best Criticism of Supreme Court Ruling in Citizens United

The Onion strikes again. Today, the satirical magazine offers the best criticism of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United -- a case that lifts many of the restraints upon corporate spending during elections. Many commentators have argued that the decision will dramatically increase the power of monied interests in the nation's political system. President Obama used the State of the Union Address to criticize the ruling as well.

The ruling rests on the notion that corporations have constitutional rights afforded to "persons" by the Constitution. The Onion takes that argument to a logical conclusion in the satirical essay: Supreme Court Allows Corporations To Run For Political Office.

Here is a snip:
"This is an unfair, ill-advised, and tragic mistake," Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said before boarding a flight to Arizona in response to primary poll numbers that show him trailing the Phoenix-based company PetSmart by a double-digit margin. "Despite the deep discounts and exciting promotions that they may be able to offer, these huge, soulless entities are not capable of truly serving the American people's—or their pet's—needs."
Great stuff!

3 comments:

Aspasia said...

Reading The Onion for almost 20 years now and seeing how spot on they are about events yet to unfold, I've decided one of two things must be true:

1. Time travel does exist (via a TARDIS of course) and that the editors and writers of The Onion are not satirists so much as Time Lord Future Historians.

OR

2. Our politics really are that predictable. Sadly, I think this is the one.


On another note, I would definitely vote PetSmart for President before John McCain and now, I have that choice! Hurrah!

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Aspasia: Don't rule out the time travel option too quickly. :)

liberal dissent said...

It's already happening:
http://politics.theatlantic.com/2010/02/murray_hill_inc_for_congress.php

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