Why Have No Republicans Turned On Trump?

THOM HARTMANN

here is a very sim­ple rea­son why some Republicans vot­ed for the impeach­ment pro­ceed­ings against Richard Nixon, but none have so far bro­ken ranks against Trump.

That rea­son is a cor­rupt­ed U.S. Supreme Court.

In 1976 (Buckley v. Valeo) and 1978 (First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti), the Supreme Court ruled that when cor­po­ra­tions and bil­lion­aires pur­chase their very own politi­cians, it is con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly pro­tect­ed “free speech” rather than “bribery,” which is how we defined it from the begin­ning of our repub­lic until 1976. In 2010, the Supreme Court dou­bled down on its betray­al of American democ­ra­cy with its Citizens United deci­sion.

After those twin deci­sions in the 1970s, mon­ey from cor­po­ra­tions and the mor­bid­ly rich began to flow into the cof­fers of the Republican Party, hoist­ing Ronald Reagan into the White House. (Democrats were then still large­ly fund­ed by unions, and thus not so eas­i­ly up for sale.)

The spig­ots of cash nev­er turned off; the 2016 elec­tion was a $6.5 bil­lion affair.

As a result, today’s Republican politi­cians are whol­ly owned agents of cor­po­ra­tions and the bil­lion­aire class, stok­ing extreme anger over a few social issues (immi­gra­tion, guns, God, gays, race) and using it to bring in the Fox rubes that the bil­lion­aire Murdochs kind­ly hand them.


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