Extremists of GOP ideologies may have good intentions of tax reforms, small government and spending restraints, but the methods to achieve their goals are leading to crony capitalism and corporate oligarchy.
In 1988 a non-profit organization, Citizens United, was established to promote conservative values like, limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, national security and sovereignty. The organization received heavy funding from the Koch brothers and in 2000 elected David Bossie as president.
Marketing, television advertising and film documentaries were tools used to promote Citizens United's mission, endorsement of favorable political candidates and/or defeating opponents of their ideology.
January 21, 2010 the Supreme Court ruled in favor 5-4 of Citizens United argument that the First Amendment guaranteed corporations and organizations freedom to use their treasury funds for direct advocacy to endorse, call to vote for or against specific candidates. The statement of dissention from the four justices against the ruling was penned by Justice Stevens, accompanied with Justice Ginsburg, Justice Sotomayor and Justice Breyer. Justice Stevens concluded his dissent;
At bottom, the Court's opinion is thus a rejection of the common sense of the American people, who have recognized a need to prevent corporations from undermining self-government since the founding, and who have fought against the distinctive corrupting potential of corporate electioneering since the days of Theodore Roosevelt. It is a strange time to repudiate that common sense. While American democracy is imperfect, few outside the majority of this Court would have thought its flaws included a dearth of corporate money in politics.
. The ploy to divert attention from creating corporations from a virtual or legal person to a natural person, is relentless opposition toward President Obama and Obamacare. Smoke screen and news cycles are the primary purpose of the president attacks with inclusions of bigotry.
In the meantime, corporations are receiving more rights, tax breaks , corporate welfare (crony capitalism) and stimulus packages while citizens have voting rights repealed or restricted, dissappearing pensions/401Ks and women having expanding voter I.D. complications.