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April 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Democracy is now dead

Ruling loosens reins on political donations” [Nation & World, April 2] should have been titled “Ruling severs reins …”

The U.S. Supreme Court has done the nation a great favor: finally removing any doubt that our democracy is dead. What a huge relief. No longer do the vast majority of Americans need to cling to the slim hope that their government will heed their calls. Embrace your liberation, citizens! Back to watching sports.

The High Court has again proven itself a tremendous defender of minority rights, so long as that minority is the “One Percent.” The “harm” that it has “remedied” is minuscule: “Just 644 donors gave the maximum around 2012, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.” For this elite sliver, the Supreme Court has ensured the voices of everyone else will be drowned out by tsunamis of money.

We can thank both parties for this travesty: the Republicans, who serve as willing sock puppets for the rich, and the Democrats, who spinelessly or collusively allowed the Supreme Court confirmations of both justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. These judicial jihadists have presided over the destruction of our legal system.

As dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer said, “Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.” And that, of course, is the whole idea behind this recent decision.

The music now is the popping of Champagne corks in the executive sky boxes. To the rest of us, it sounds like the ripping up of the Constitution.

Michael Spence, Tukwila

Comments | More in Campaign finance, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: campaign finance, Free speech, McCutcheon v. FEC

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